Archives for July 2020

Ohtani falters in return to the mound

OAKLAND, Calif. — With the return of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani made his much-anticipated return to the mound July 26 in Oakland. Ohtani, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, made his 2020 pitching debut against the Athletics but failed to get out of the first inning and ultimately lost […]

LETTERS: Sobering Seventy-Five

Dear Editor, Can you hold your breath for one minute, 15 seconds?Seventy-five seconds. One second for every year since atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask yourself: Are we (all of humanity) capable of living together with respect and humility for other countries and for one another? As the U.S. and Russia continue […]

LETTERS: California vs. Japan on COVID-19

Dear Editor, As of July 20, 2020, California had 7,851 COVID-19 deaths and Japan had 988 deaths. That is a ratio of 7.9 to 1 and the ratio has been increasing daily. California has 40 million people whereas Japan has 126 million people. California has 164,000 square miles of land and Japan has 146,000 square […]

All-Purpose Miso Meat Sauce (Niku Miso) 肉味噌

This easy Miso Meat Sauce (Niku Miso) is a great side dish to go with steamed rice, noodles or lettuce wraps! As a bonus, it’s meal prep friendly! Since I love steamed rice, I always look for tasty small side dishes that can round up the meal. We call these small dishes “Gohan no Okazu” […]

Hibakusha haunted by survivor’s guilt 75 years after the atomic bombings

In the final days of World War II, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, respectively, which forever altered the course of history. While the bombs immediately incinerated the two cities and vast swaths of their populations — resulting in the deaths of an estimated […]

Ogawa monument vandalized during Oakland protest

The monument of the late Japanese American civic leader, Frank H. Ogawa, was vandalized in an Oakland, Calif. protest for racial justice July 25. “The bust was defaced with paint and subsequently cleaned quickly,” Sean Maher, the public information officer for the city of Oakland’s Public Works and Transportation departments, said in an e-mail to […]

Keeping an elder loved one connected to culture

These are tough times to find a place for a loved one who needs to be in assisted living or a nursing facility. Even along the West Coast, where most of the Japanese American population is clustered, residential facilities that specialized in Japanese seniors have closed or sold to new owners, and have switched to […]

S.F. supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on July 7 introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act could possibly result in people who call law enforcement based on racial bias facing criminal charges. The ordinance is similar to state Assemblymember Rob Banta’s (D-Oakland) Assembly Bill 1550, […]

OBITUARY: Yukiko Takei

Yukiko Takei Sept. 16,1932 – July 12, 2020 TAKEI, YUKIKO, 87, passed peacefully at Brookdale North Fremont on July 12, 2020. Preceded in death by husband Gene Takei (2005). Survived by children Kevin (Celeste) Takei, Dawn (Ronald) Ishisaki, Tonia (Steven) Kramp, Dina (Richard) Kanaya; grandchildren Kristy (Charles) Chang, Bryan (Stefanie) Takei, Kyler and Kellie Ishisaki, […]

Miyuki’s lesson in mindfulness

Thank You, Miyuki Written by Roxane Marie Galliez, illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2020, 32 pp., $17.95, hard cover) “Thank You, Miyuki” is the third story in a series about ebullient Miyuki and her kind, caring grandfather. In this tale, Miyuki sees her grandpa doing tai chi and seated meditation. […]

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