Archives for August 2020

Author shares his passion for the history of Japanese food in the U.S.

Gil Asakawa grew up eating Japanese food in both Tokyo and the United States. The journalist and author of the forthcoming book, “Tadaima: Let’s Eat!” set to release in 2021, spoke about the history of Japanese food in the United States July 19 during a virtual event hosted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center […]

Preventing falls

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: • One in four Americans age 65 and older falls each year. • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. • Falls are the leading cause of […]

Teachers, students feel impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has seriously impacted California and most of the United States. It has led authorities to close schools, teach remotely and ignore the calls of many conservatives who demand that schools and businesses reopen, as they describe COVID-19 as a hoax and refuse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s orders to wear […]

Lane Hirabayashi, scholar of Japanese American history, dies

Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, a prolific scholar whose work expanded the research of the Japanese American experience, died earlier this month in Southern California after a bout with cancer. He was 67. His lifelong commitment to Japanese American history followed “in the footsteps of his uncle Gordon Hirabayashi who defied curfew and evacuations orders during World […]

Spam Onigirazu スパムおにぎらず

Spam Onigirazu is perfect for a quick meal or snack on the go. The winning combination of fried eggs, sweet sushi rice and classic Spam is wrapped up in crunchy nori. You want to sink your teeth into this yummy treat! If you love a popular Hawaiian favorite, SPAM® Musubi, you will LOVE this SPAM® […]

OBITUARY: Minako ‘Pat’ Kawauchi

Minako “Pat” Kawauchi Oct. 21, 1918 – Aug. 11, 2020 KAWAUCHI, MINAKO “PAT” passed away peacefully in her sleep Aug. 11, 2020, in Savage, Minn., at 101 years old. Born Oct. 21, 1918, to Kanichi and Yanayo Matsunami in Sacramento, Calif. Preceded in death by parents; husband Takuo; sisters, Em (Bob) Nakadoi, Alice (Jack) Kaya, […]

OBITUARY: Col. Joseph Yoshito Kurata, USA (ret)

Col. Joseph Yoshito Kurata, USA (ret) Oct. 26, 1921 – Aug. 23, 2020 KURATA, JOSEPH YOSHITO passed away on August 23, 2020, at the age of 98. Joe, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Acampo, CA, to Kenji and Kotoyo Kurata, immigrants from Japan, on October 26, 1921. In fall […]

Restaurant owing over $5M in fines, back wages starts paying workers

DALY CITY, Calif. — Former workers at a Japanese restaurant in Daly City that was assessed more than $5 million in fines and back wages in 2018 have finally started receiving settlement checks averaging $14,217, the state Labor Commissioner’s Office said Aug. 12. Kome Japanese Seafood and Buffet, which owed 133 workers compensation for unpaid […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: When the livin’ is easy

I don’t think George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward envisioned a summer like this, though the tension in “Porgy and Bess” does mirror some of the social discord in the country. Between proliferating viruses and ongoing racial tension, you almost forget that it’s summer when we’re usually carefree and full of merriment. But even with social […]

Rights commission rules in favor of Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped during WWII

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States issued its verdict Aug. 4, ruling in favor of the late Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project. The IACHR is an independent agency within the OAS, and its main mission is to promote the observance and protection of […]

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