Archives for September 2020

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Where are you really from?

This column is all about teaching Nikkei to find their roots. For many of you, those roots are ethnically, racially or culturally mixed. Perhaps you are a Japanese American married to someone of eastern European ancestry. Perhaps you adopted multiracial children of unknown ancestry. Maybe your mother was a war bride married to an African […]

The Megumi Nishikura Story: Filming the distant dance of multiracial Japanese identity

To many in Japan, Megumi Nishikura doesn’t look like a Megumi. “People would assume that I was fully Japanese and when I would go meet them in-person they would do a double take,” Nishikura said. “They would be shocked that I look like I do and speak as well as I do, and when I […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The mixed plate

The mixed plate is a classic staple here in the 50th, one you’ll find at every local drive-in. It basically consists of two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad and your choice of mixed proteins, such as teriyaki beef, pork or chicken, fried tonkatsu or chicken katsu, beef stew or curry, chili or […]

San Francisco J-Town merchants fear end to eviction moratorium

Story update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Sept. 23 to extend the commercial eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said later that day in tweet that she would also extend the city’s moratorium. She also issued a statement Sept. 29. *** Tenants of two major Japantown property owners […]

Osaka gives voice to victims of racial injustice at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Over two weeks, Naomi Osaka used her platform as a world-famous athlete to draw attention to the racial injustice and systematic police brutality that has resulted in a wave of protests in the United States. The spotlight she cast on the Black Lives Matter movement would not have been as bright as […]

Eddie Moriguchi, CPA and head of various nonprofits, dies

Eddie Moriguchi, a longtime San Francisco Japantown CPA and leader of various community-based nonprofit organizations, passed away Sept. 7, 2020 due to a heart attack. He was 91. Moriguchi, a past president of both the Japanese Benevolent Society of California (Jikei Kai) and the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese American Association of Northern California), volunteered […]

Civil rights advocate, JA organizer, Chizu Iiyama dies

Chizu Iiyama, 98, died peacefully of natural causes Aug. 26, 2020 at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Richmond, Calif. She was one of the few remaining Nisei who could speak firsthand of the Japanese American experience in the U.S. World War II concentration camps. In many ways, Iiyama’s life was unique for a Japanese American woman […]

OBITUARY: Michael Satoshi Kagehiro

Michael Satoshi Kagehiro June 8, 1947 – Aug. 31, 2020 KAGEHIRO, MICHAEL SATOSHI, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. He is survived by Karen (Nakai), his wife of 51 years; brother, Ron (Mimi); sister, Laura “Bonz” (Randy Otsuki); and brothers-in-law, Marty Nakai (Helen), Gary Yamamoto (Janis), […]

OBITUARY: Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa

Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa March 31, 1929 – Sept. 3, 2020 TOKIWA, “SHIG” SHIGERU passed away at home at the age of 91 years old. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Dave (Michele, deceased), daughter Janice Franey (Troy), grandchildren Terra-Lynn and Maya, along with his siblings Yoshiro, Fuji, Betty, and Bob, and many nieces […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko (Yoshida) Date

Etsuko (Yoshida) Date May 14, 1921 – Aug. 29 2020 DATE, ETSUKO (YOSHIDA), age 99, passed away peacefully on August 29 2020 in Washington near her daughter Carolyn and family. Etsu Yoshida was born in San Francisco, CA on May 14, 1921. She grew up and went to school in Alameda with three brothers (Mas, […]

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