Archives for 2020

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 […]

OBITUARY: George M. Okada

George M. Okada Dec. 30, 1928 – Feb. 18, 2020 OKADA, GEORGE M, 91, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2020 at his home. He was the third son of Chiochi and Sono Okada. He was born and raised in San Francisco. George and his family were interned at Topaz, Utah in 1943. He was drafted […]

S.F. family survives cruise ship quarantine

A Japanese American family from San Francisco, passengers on a cruise ship forced to dock at the Port of Oakland after some people on board had been infected with the deadly coronavirus, was finally released from quarantine at a military base in California and allowed to return home. Adelina and Henry Serata and their 23-year-old […]

LETTERS: Two responses to racism

Dear Editor, “Everyman is me. I am his brother. No man is my enemy. I am everyman and he is in and of me. This is my faith, my strength, my deepest hope and my only belief.” — Kenneth Patchen, American poet and novelist (1911-1972) Been thinking lots. Especially about how I might handle an […]

The Heart of Kanji: Great ambition

大 (dai, ookii) means “great or big.” This character represents a tall person who is standing. 志 (Shi, kokorozashi) means “ambition.” The top part of this character depicts a samurai sword and the character below represents a human heart. Together, they depict a person with great ambition who will act like a samurai with a […]

Famed judo coach Yosh Uchida to celebrate 100th birthday

Yoshihiro Uchida, the legendary coach who helped make San Jose State University a collegiate powerhouse in judo for decades, will celebrate his 100th birthday on April 1. He had hoped to visit Japan later this year for the Tokyo Olympics, but those plans are uncertain because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Uchida was born in […]

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