Archives for 2020

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Summer downtime

It has been an eventful first half of the year to say the least. This year has been filled with one heartbreak after another, starting with those raging wildfires Down Under, followed by a global pandemic. And now the ongoing social issues that society never resolved during the ‘60s have only heightened with recent transgressions […]

OBITUARY: Rose Hanako Fujikawa Uyematsu

Rose Hanako Fujikawa Uyematsu March 2, 1935 – June 3, 2020 UYEMATSU, ROSE HANAKO FUJIKAWA passed away on June 3rd, 2020 at her home in Anaheim Hills, California.Rose was born on March 2nd, 1935 in Madera, California to parents, father Kiyozuchi and mother Yaye Kamimura Fujikawa. In the early 1900s, her parents immigrated to the […]

iPads for Issei, Nintendos for Nisei, and smartphones for Sansei

National Geographic recently named San Jose’s Japantown, located in Silicon Valley, one of the top 26 friendliest neighborhoods in the country. But within and surrounding this welcoming community many older adults are still socially isolated.  In fact, according to the AARP Foundation, one in five Americans 65 and older are socially isolated, which means “this […]


My recent column painted a pretty bleak picture of my life in JET in the age of COVID-19. However, these past two years have given me some of the greatest experiences of my life. I’ve put together a bit of a “highlight reel” of the best of times. There were extraordinary moments that caused me […]

5 Queer Nikkei ancestors everyone should know about

As we uplift the achievements and ongoing struggles of LGBTQ communities this Pride season — which, friendly reminder, exists because Black trans women rioted against police violence — we want to highlight the stories of the queer ancestors within our own Japanese American community. Despite the often deliberate erasure of their contributions to our history, […]

S.F.’s Japantown shows support for Black lives through art and education

A new Nikkei community group formed to support the Black Lives Matter movement held an event June 20 in San Francisco’s Japantown in celebration of Juneteenth. Organized by a group of young Japanese Americans and supporters calling themselves Japantown for Justice, the event focused on education and arts and proclaimed Nikkei allyship with the Black […]

Easy Fried Rice (Gluten Free) 基本のチャーハン

Introducing a New FeatureIn our ongoing efforts to keep an increasingly isolated community engaged and stimulated, the Nichi Bei Weekly is excited to announce a new collaboration with the popular Just One Cookbook (, which was created by Namiko Hirasawa Chen (Nami) in 2011 as a blog to keep track of her recipes and to […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Help one another

相 (Ai or so) means “each other.” The left side of this character represents a tree and the right side represents an eye. Together, your eye looks at a tree with deep care. This can also represent the deep care we have for others. 与 (Yo) means “give.” This word is a form of giving […]

‘DON’T LET US DISAPPEAR’—Youth contest winners urge San Francisco parents to fill out Census

Ethnic Media Services paid for the following advertorial. At a time when San Francisco lags behind the statewide average in census response rates, youth artists and writers have a special message for those who have not yet filled out their forms: “Don’t let us disappear.” The young people spoke at a June 3 virtual awards […]

OBITUARY: Shizu Fujimura

Shizu Fujimura July 30, 1917 – May 25, 2020 FUJIMURA, SHIZU, 102, quietly slipped away in her San Francisco home of 70 years on May 25, 2020. Born in 1917 in Isleton, CA to Utaso and Ai Fujikawa. She is survived by her beloved children Art Sera (Bonnie), Tom Fujimura (Sharon) and Ellie Riley, Grandchildren […]

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