Archives for April 2020

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Involuntary sequestration

It is apparent that it’s not life as usual these days. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t even have had the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pass from animals to humans, but even in the perfect COVID-19 world, we’d shut down and sequester everyone for two to three weeks so that the virus would run its […]

Little Tokyo community strategizes ways to stay in business

Businesses in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo typically relied on foot traffic prior to the statewide shelter-in-place orders, which brought the state’s economy to a halt. Amid the shuttered retail spaces, several restaurants continue to operate in the ethnic enclave, but all proprietors have said the situation is difficult. Little Tokyo’s community, however, has tried to […]

Country Wisdom: Maya Shiroyama runs the Kitazawa Seed Company with lessons learned from rural living

Maya Shiroyama learned about growing food from an early age. When she was a very small child, her grandmother would bring her out on her parents’ new farm. To help the young couple get on their feet, Shiroyama’s grandmother played field hand and babysitter at the same time, tending the land with her grandchild strapped […]

OBITUARY: Mikiko Eto

Mikiko Eto Sep. 14, 1919 – March 23, 2020 ETO, MIKIKO was born on Sep. 14, 1919 in Castroville, CA and passed away suddenly, but peacefully at her home in Campbell, CA on Mar. 23, 2020 at the age of 100. Preceded in death by her husband, Tom; siblings Michio Abe, Miyoko Yuki, and Hideo Abe; […]

OBITUARY: Amy Oishi Takaki

Amy Oishi Takaki June 29, 1915 – Jan. 25, 2020 TAKAKI, AMY OISHI, 104, a longtime resident of Berkeley, California died peacefully in her Berkeley home on January 25, 2020. Her parents were the late Seizo and Rui Oishi, founders of the Oishi Nursery in Richmond, California. Preceding her in death were her siblings: Mitzi […]

OBITUARY: Kiyo Yamamoto

Kiyo Yamamoto March 19, 1924 – March 7, 2020 YAMAMOTO, KIYO “KAY”, 95, of Oakland, CA, passed away surrounded by her family on March 7, 2020, twelve days short of her 96th birthday. Born in Honolulu, HI she grew up in Southern California, one of six Ikeda sisters. She was the last of the surviving […]

Hatsy Yasukochi, respected S.F. J-Town business owner, passes

Noted San Francisco Japantown business owner, Hatsuye “Hatsy” Yasukochi, passed away from the coronavirus in the early morning of March 27, 2020. She was 80. Yasukochi was born March 7, 1940 in Oakland, Calif. She grew up in Concord, Calif. and graduated from Mount Diablo High School in 1958. She attended San Francisco State University. […]

Woman recovers from COVID-19

Adrian Arima and Monica Yeung Arima started feeling ill during their flight back to the Bay Area on March 3 from their vacation to London and Egypt.  “It’s sort of the same as the general flu. No fever at the beginning,” Monica Yeung Arima, 64, said in a phone interview with the Nichi Bei Weekly. […]

Cedrick Shimo, WWII military resister and Honda exec, dies at 100

Cedrick Masaki Shimo, a World War II military resister and an executive at American Honda Motors, USA, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2020. He was 100. Shimo was the only child born to Tamori and Yoshiko Urakami Shimo, both from Okayama, Japan, in Heber, Calif., in the Imperial Valley. At the time, his father […]

Irene Hirano Inouye, head of U.S.-Japan Council dies

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — Irene Hirano Inouye, head of the U.S.-Japan Council and widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, died April 7 in Los Angeles following an extended illness, the council said April 8. She was 71. Born in Los Angeles, she was also president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum […]

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