Archives for April 2021

Documentaries take on Pat Morita and the samurai

Two recent documentaries available over streaming services capture very opposite ends of the spectrum of Japanese and Japanese American culture. The first is “More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story,” which expands the limited image most people have of the actor. Mention Pat Morita, and almost everyone will say “Mr. Miyagi,” or perhaps, the iconic […]

CHANGING LANDSCAPES: How to build a raised garden bed for growing your own vegetables at home

Over the past year as the pandemic caused stay-at-home orders across the country, I found myself tinkering in the yard to update things that had been neglected or were in need of improvements. One such project was to rebuild the raised vegetable garden beds, which were in need of a refresh after years of use […]

Filoli estate’s ties to the Japanese American experience

The Filoli Historic House and Garden is beautiful year-round, but spring — with its flowering cherry blossoms, wisterias, peonies and azaleas — attracts the most visitors each year. The estate in the San Mateo County town of Woodside, Calif., a Georgian-style house with an attached garden covering 16 acres of the 654-acre property, has a […]

JA community responds to anti-Asian hate

Though the Japanese American community has so far been spared from the brunt of the rise of anti-Asian hate currently making headlines across the United States, many Nikkei are nevertheless concerned. “There are a lot of people who are very worried about it. They’re scared,” retired San Jose Police Department Lt. Rich Saito, told the […]

Spreading love through origami hearts

In light of the recent anti-Asian incidents that have occurred across the nation, Linda Mihara created the “Hearts for Love” campaign to spread positivity. Aiming to fold 1,000 origami hearts, the origami expert was inspired by the Japanese legend that says the gods will grant a wish to the person who folds 1,000 origami cranes. […]

Feed the Soil: Former news anchor Wendy Tokuda’s passion for restorative agriculture

OAKLAND, Calif. — If not for the concrete driveway leading up to her house, one might mistake Wendy Tokuda’s garden as part of the native Oakland, Calif. landscape. It’s a quiet community of coyote brush, Ceanothus, coffeeberry and flowering currants beneath stands of Redwoods and bay laurels. Monkeyflowers nod and drifts of poppies move with […]

Animation legend Willie Ito receives industry’s lifetime achievement award

In 1939, 5-year-old Willie Ito sat in a movie theater absolutely mesmerized by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” He knew right then and there that animation was the life for him. So he started drawing cartoons, and when he wasn’t drawing he dreamed of drawing even as he delivered the Nichi Bei […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: More than just a stylin’ color

For more than a decade, I’ve gravitated toward anything that’s lime green. I have lime green shirts, pants, socks, belts and shoes. I also have lime green pens, wallets, Hydro Flasks, coolers and cooking utensils. However, there’s one lime in my kitchen that’s not lime green at all, but simply green. And while most of […]

Hundreds march to protest anti-Asian violence

Hundreds joined the March for AAPI Solidarity + Safety along San Francisco’s Great Highway early in the afternoon April 18. Organized by San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar and a coalition of labor, faith and community organizations, the peaceful protest started at 12:45 p.m. April 18 at the parking lot near the intersection of Great Highway […]

OBITUARY: Violet Sumiko (Egawa) Asano

Violet Sumiko (Egawa) Asano Sept. 2, 1934 – April 1, 2021 ASANO, VIOLET SUMIKO (EGAWA) was born on September 2, 1934 in San Francisco, CA. She passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2021 at the age of 86 years old, surrounded by her family. Violet was preceded in death by her father Gintaro Egawa, sister […]

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