Archives for 2020

OBITUARY: Joseph Haratani

Joseph Haratani Oct. 27, 1923 – Dec. 6, 2019 HARATANI, JOSEPH found freedom on December 6th, 2019, ninety-six years after his birth in Florin, California on October 27th, 1923. Although uprooted as a teen and forced into Amache internment camp with his parents and siblings, Joe served the public good his entire life. He began […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa

Mutsuo “Mik” Kitagawa Aug. 3, 1934 – Feb. 7, 2020 MUTSUO “MIK” KITAGAWA, passed peacefully at home, sporting his beloved 49ers tee on Feb. 7, 2020 at the age of 85. Born and raised in SF’s Japantown, he called the City his home—not counting the 3 years at the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah and […]

Glenn Yasuda, who made Berkeley Bowl internationally known for its excellent produce, dies at 85

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published by Berkeleyside. BERKELEY, Calif. — Berkeley Bowl, lauded for its seemingly endless varieties of fruits and vegetables, is in mourning after losing the man who started it all. On the evening of Feb. 14, co-owner and co-founder Glenn Yasuda died from a blood infection. He was 85. […]

OBITUARY: Masaye Nakamura

Masaye Nakamura Aug. 7, 1923 – Feb. 13, 2020 NAKAMURA, MASAYE, 96, passed away on February 13, 2020 at home with her family. She was the steadfast matriarch of her family, leading peacefully but with stout determination. During her lifetime, she lived through and overcame challenges and adversity that would crumble most today. During the […]

OBITUARY: Jun Maeyama

Jun Maeyama June 3, 1925 – Jan. 26, 2020 MAEYAMA, JUN, 94, was born on June 3, 1925 in Winters, CA and passed away peacefully on January 26 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kaoru Kay and is survived by his two children, Mark (Melissa) Maeyama of Pleasant Hill […]

OBITUARY: Whitey Hideo Shiro

Whitey Hideo Shiro Jan. 1, 1928 – Feb. 12, 2020 SHIRO, WHITEY HIDEO, 92, passed away peacefully in San Francisco, CA. Whitey was born in Colusa, CA to Yoshimatsu and Hatsu Shiro. He grew up in Grimes, CA (a farming community) with his brothers Kazuo, Joe, Bob, George and Jim. In May 1942, the Shiro […]

OBITUARY: Kimiyo Shironaka

Kimiyo Shironaka Oct. 30, 1921 – Feb. 3, 2020 SHIRONAKA (MATSUSHITA), KIMIYO was born in Mills, CA to Iwagoro and Hisaye Matsushita. Her early years were spent in Sacramento, CA and later farming in Rumsey and eventually Winters, CA which she always considered her home. She was married in Syracuse, KS to Ted Shironaka (1964) […]

Film uncovers little-known story of music in camp by incarcerated Nikkei

“For Joy,” a film by Julian Saporiti and the No-No Boy project, tells the little-known story of a Nikkei teenager who sang with a jazz band formed in the World War II concentration camp for Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain, Wyo. The story also sheds light on a hidden history — the music played during […]

History maker Hachimura fuels NBA boom in Japan

TOKYO — After becoming the first Japanese player to go pro in the United States via the NBA draft, Rui Hachimura is the face of a basketball boom in his home country. Hachimura’s progress in the National Basketball Association is getting wall-to-wall coverage in Japanese media and his face can be seen advertising everything from […]

Rally held Feb. 3 to save endangered marine mammal from U.S. base development

Activists were expected to rally Feb. 3 in San Francisco to protest the construction of a U.S. military base in Japan that they say threatens the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal. The protest was expected to take place outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a hearing is set for a lawsuit challenging […]

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