Archives for July 2021

Remembering a Tacoma, Wash. JA community hub

BECOMING NISEI: JAPANESE AMERICAN URBAN LIVES IN PREWAR TACOMA By Lisa M. Hoffman and Mary L. Hanneman; Co-published with University of Washington Libraries  (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020, 312 pp., $29.95, paperback) “(Becoming Nisei) is about a place, now gone, but returned to you through the voices of people who lived there.”  — Gregory Masao Tanbara, Foreword, “Becoming Nisei” Written by two professors from the University of Washington Tacoma, “Becoming Nisei” is the result of close to two decades of work, bilingual archival research, […]

A wonderful introduction to Japanese cuisine and more

JAPAN EATS! AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO JAPANESE FOOD By Betty Reynolds (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2020, 72 pp., $12.99, hard cover) As travelers to Japan know, eating out can be an adventure. You need to know what you’re ordering, how to order it, and how to eat it properly. “Japan Eats! An Explorer’s Guide to Japanese Food” is the guide to help you navigate your way through the pleasures and pitfalls of dining in […]

Minding and mining the gaps of one family’s trauma

FORCED OUT: A NIKKEI WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR A HOME IN AMERICA By Judy Y. Kawamoto (Louisville, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, 2020, 202 pp., $29.95, hardcover) I immensely enjoyed and was greatly enlightened by Sansei psychotherapist Judy Kawamoto’s singular book. I would classify its genre as a meditative memoir. As she succinctly notes, “psychotherapy is […]

A glimpse into Japan’s past

TONO MONOGATARI By Shigeru Mizuki, translated by Zack Davisson (Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2021, 256 pp., $24.95, paperback) Known for his ghost stories, Shigeru Mizuki is in his element with “Tono Monogatari.” Focusing solely on a collection of short stories collected from the Tono region of Iwate Prefecture, Drawn & Quarterly’s latest translated work by the late manga artist is a master’s homage to his roots. Mizuki amassed an eclectic oeuvre […]

Myles Matsuno’s feature debut ‘Christmas in July’ premieres in theaters, streaming

To understand Nikkei filmmaker Myles Matsuno and his debut feature-length film, “Christmas in July,” one needs only to look to Matsuno’s personal motto, passed on to him by his Issei great-grandfather, Ichiro Kataoka. “Honesty and kindness are best in business.” Long before the war, Kataoka ran the Aki Hotel in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi. In order […]

Unknown discoveries written by Japanese Angel Island immigrants come to light

VOICES OF ANGEL ISLAND: INSCRIPTIONS AND IMMIGRANT POETRY, 1910-1945 By Charles Egan (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, 342 pp., $108 hard cover / $86.40 ebook) The Chinese poetry carved in the walls of the former U.S. immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay is known by visitors and scholars, and played a large part in the buildings being saved for future generations. What is less known is that Japanese, Korean, Russian, Punjabi and other immigrants also […]

Marin teen dies in Lake Tahoe boating incident

A 17-year-old Greenbrae, Calif. resident drowned after falling from a boat in Lake Tahoe, the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The teen was identified as Myles Kawashima, who was entering his senior year at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. The medical examiner determined the cause of death July 6, authorities said. The Washoe […]

Visit Japan with Neko the Cat!

JAPAN POP-UP BOOK By Sam Ita (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2021, 12 pp., $22.99, hard cover) “Japan Pop-Up Book” is the follow-up to Sam Ita’s “Tokyo Pop-Up Book.” It chronicles the adventures of Chico and his cat Neko. Chico is a young hapa teen who lives with his relatives in Japan. In this book, Neko the Cat stows away on a bullet train and leads Chico to several of […]

Piedmont wealth manager charged with manslaughter, hit and run

Defendant’s wife injured in crash; she identified him and said he had been drinking, authorities say A 64-year-old East Bay man has been charged with not only killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash but leaving his own wife at the scene — and authorities say the woman later helped turn in her husband. Timothy […]

Huston set on using Olympics to take skateboarding to next level

TOKYO — Nyjah Huston is the most recognizable face in the world of skateboarding, and the American wants to use his profile to broaden the sport’s audience when it debuts at the Tokyo Olympics. Huston, with four world championships and more than 10 X Games titles to his name, will appear in the men’s street […]

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