Archives for 2020

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, […]

Dr. Jerry Hiura, arts leader and dentist, dies

Dr. Jerrold Hiura, a San Jose Japantown dentist, leader in the arts community and co-founder of Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, passed away after battling late-stage esophageal cancer on Dec. 26, 2019. He was 72. Hiura was born in Chicago, and he moved with his family to the San Jose when he was seven. At the […]

DNA results confirm body found near Manzanar concentration camp site was missing Nikkei

INYO COUNTY, Calif. — Remains found Oct. 7, 2019 near the Manzanar concentration camp in California’s Inyo County were determined to be those of Giichi Matsumura, who had gone missing in July of 1945, said a joint news release by the Inyo County Sheriff and the Manzanar Historic Site. On Oct. 7, 2019, two hikers […]

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. […]

Arrests made in fatal stabbing of JA in Orange County

Two people have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Japanese American man in Tustin, Calif. The city’s police arrested 19-year-old Miguel Orellana and 25-year-old Erika Pineda Dec. 28 on suspicion of murder, CBSLA reported. David Nakaki, a 62-year-old resident of Tustin, was attacked at about 8:45 p.m. Dec. 9, and left […]

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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