Archives for January 2021

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: A simple bowl of rice

We don’t consume rice like we used to, and it’s not because we’re into the whole low-carb diet, because neither of us subscribes to it. It’s simply because I tend to overeat when rice is the starch. And because I overeat, I don’t get to prepare one of my favorite dishes with the leftover rice, […]

‘CAMPU’ STORIES: Lesser-known aspects of WWII incarceration captured in podcast

For Japanese Americans who lived through America’s concentration camps, the one thing many Issei and Nisei survivors shared in common after camp was silence. “They didn’t talk about camp,” is what numerous Sansei and Yonsei have said. However, over time, many did talk, maybe not to their families, but in the 1990s more than 900 […]

Sawtelle’s Japantown businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic

Sawtelle’s Japanese American coommunity, which thrived in both the prewar and postwar periods as a majority-Nikkei West Los Angeles neighborhood, has now seen many of its businesses suffer financial losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The area was recognized by the city as “Sawtelle Japantown” in 2015. Sandy Toshiyuki, owner of a building on Sawtelle […]

Adapting with an Olympian’s mindset

Having made the decision to retire after the 2010 Winter Olympics at 28 years old, Apolo Anton Ohno did not know what he was going to do next. More than a decade later, the entrepreneur and motivational speaker continues to adapt and pivot, skills he honed on the ice, which led the short-track speed skater […]

My tsuru

I am a member of Tsuru for Solidarity. I am not an activist, nor am I a trained artist, but I have painted 12 large tsuru (paper cranes) of various sizes. I paint because it gives me pleasure and a way to express myself. Last year, like many Japanese Americans, I began by folding hundreds […]

Japanese American Sen. Inouye to be remembered in ancestral home

The city government of Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture is planning to establish the monument to Inouye in a park planted with dogwood trees sent to Japan as a gift from the United States   TOKYO — A bust commemorating the legacy of Daniel Inouye (1924-2012), the first Japanese American member of the U.S. Congress, is to […]

Councilman calls for downtown Los Angeles intersection to be named Rose Ochi Square

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Kevin de Leon introduced a motion Jan. 13 to name a downtown intersection after Takayo “Rose” Matsui Ochi, a civil rights activist, attorney and the first Asian American woman to serve on the Los Angeles Police Commission. The motion, which was seconded by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, calls for the intersection […]

Kamei elected mayor of Mountain View

Ellen Kamei, who was elected to the Mountain View City Council in 2018 and served as vice mayor to Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga in 2020, was elected by her colleagues to succeed Abe-Koga as the South Bay city’s mayor on Jan. 12. Lucas Ramirez was elected as vice mayor. “I am honored to serve as your […]

OBITUARY: Kevin E. Nagata

Kevin E. Nagata April 5, 1959 – Jan. 3, 2021 After a valiant four-year battle with cancer, NAGATA, KEVIN passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 3, 2021 after watching his Warriors win their game earlier in the evening. Kevin was born in Fowler to Tom and Jane Nagata.  After graduating from […]

VP Harris: A new chapter opens in U.S. politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Jan. 20 that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office. Harris was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and the first Black woman […]

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