Archives for 2020

OBITUARY: Chiyoko Mizutani

Chiyoko Mizutani Aug. 6, 1924 – Dec. 16, 2019 MIZUTANI, CHIYOKO, 95, passed away on December 16, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Born on August 6, 1924 in Walnut Grove, CA, she was eldest of three children of Zentaro and Takino Mizutani of Aichi, Japan. At age 7, the sudden death of her father prompted […]

OBITUARY: Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji

Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji May 5, 1934 – January 10, 2020 NAKAJI, ROBERT YOSHIKAZU, resided in the Almaden Valley in San Jose, CA for over 4 decades. Bob was born on May 5, 1934 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He graduated from James Lick High School in 1952. He served in the US Army in Korea […]

OBITUARY: Mitzi Michiko Yorichi

Mitzi Michiko Yorichi YORICHI, MITZI MICHIKO, 95, suddenly passed away on December 1, 2019 at Marin General Hospital. She was born in Nara, Japan and attended the prestigious Osaka Shoin Women’s College. After the war she met and married Alex Yorichi, a US Army soldier in Tokyo. Their growing family moved to numerous duty stations […]

OBITUARY: Mary Fujimoto

Mary Fujimoto June 7, 1921 – Dec. 8, 2019 FUJIMOTO, MARY, 98, was born in Hood River, Oregon to Tomoichi and Masae Hirasawa. She was the oldest of three daughters. She graduated from Odell High School. She married Harvey Fujimoto in 1941, and their marriage lasted until his death in 1997. They settled in Sacramento […]

OBITUARY: Richard Seiichi Endo

Richard Seiichi Endo May 29, 1938 – Dec. 28, 2019 ENDO, RICHARD SEIICHI, 81, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2019 after a quick and sudden decline due to leukemia. He was the dearly loved and devoted husband of Emilie, father of Traci (Mike) Inouye and Christine (Hideki) Hirabayashi and Jichan to Mason, Kendall, Emi, […]

OBITUARY: Toshiko Furuichi Kawamoto

Toshiko Furuichi Kawamoto Apr. 4, 1927 – Dec. 21, 2019 KAWAMOTO, TOSHIKO FURUICHI, 92, a California native and long-time Cupertino resident, passed away peacefully on December 21. Raised in Los Altos, she grew up on her family’s farm that would become the Furuichi Bros. Los Altos Nursery. The family was interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. […]

Entertainment Re-Oriented: From scarcity to abundance: APIs on screen through the decade

I have a memory from approximately three decades ago — when I was in elementary school — that’s surprisingly vivid still today. I was sitting in front of the TV and something came on the screen that prompted me to call to my brother, who was in the kitchen, to hurry back and look. “Chris,” […]

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: Cross-culture parenting

Parents face many tough questions when it comes to raising a child: what to do about bed-times, allowance, screen-time, punishments, afterschool activities, diet, religion, and more. You also have to be careful about the different parenting styles such as the tiger parents, the helicopter parents, the snowplow parents, etc. Adding to the problem are the […]

Oregon prison’s healing garden offers renewed perspective

In 2014, Johnny Cofer, who is incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Ore. told the institution’s activities director, Patrice Lans, he would love to see a Japanese garden and koi pond outside in the yard of the facility. At the Oregon State Penitentiary, there is an activities department, consisting of 11 clubs, one […]

A kid-friendly primer on Japan

ALL ABOUT JAPAN: STORIES, SONGS CRAFTS AND GAMES FOR KIDS By Willamarie Moore; Illustrated by Kazumi Wilds (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2017, 64 pp., $14.95, hardcover) Here’s all the information you’d enjoy about Japan, everything from clothing to vocabulary to holidays. Interesting sections include “Introducing Japan,” “Everyday Life,” “Holidays and Celebrations,” plus “Language and […]

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