Archives for August 2021

A rainbow of refreshment from the Aloha State

Generations after Japanese immigrants introduced kakigori (shave ice) to Hawai‘i’s plantations, shave ice remains a favorite way to keep cool. Whether you are planning for an upcoming vacation or simply dreaming of escaping to the islands, here are a few of the top shave ice spots on O‘ahu, loved by locals and visitors alike. Matsumoto […]

‘Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! A History of Japanese Food in America’

Editor’s Note: This is an edited excerpt from a book Gil Asakawa is writing for Stone Bridge Press for publication in 2022, about the history of Japanese food in America. On June 28, 1963, the number-one song on the American Billboard charts was “Ue O Muite Arukou,” which translates to “I Look Up as I […]

San Mateo’s Suruki stays busy

SAN MATEO, Calif. — In the 1970s, the late Shuji Suruki started selling groceries out of his truck, driving from Sacramento, Calif. to Salinas, Calif. A decade later in 1980, he opened the first Suruki Supermarket in Burlingame, Calif. In 1990, he moved the store to its current location in downtown San Mateo, Calif. “All […]

Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for Ohtani remarks

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani during the Aug. 17 game. When asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying […]

Sacramento’s J-Town to lose longtime business as neighborhood continues to change

Sacramento’s once thriving Japantown was devastated in the 1950s as redevelopment pushed much of the Japanese American community out of what is now downtown Sacramento. A pocket of Nikkei businesses relocated south of the original ethnic enclave, but few Japanese American businesses remain today, and one more store has announced their closing at the end […]

Osaka pledges support for Haiti earthquake relief

NEW YORK — Tennis star Naomi Osaka pledged her support for relief efforts in Haiti on Aug. 14 following a deadly earthquake in the Caribbean country. Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, said she would donate her prize money from the upcoming Western & Southern Open to help people affected by the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The ‘desecration of sacred ground’ at Topaz

I imagine many of you know the story of James Hatsuaki Wakasa, the man who a sentry killed while Wakasa was walking with his dog along the barbed wire fence surrounding the Topaz (Central Utah) incarceration camp during World War II. This happened on April 11, 1943, during the period when camp inmates were being […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Mastering the Class

Due to the ongoing, unfortunate hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, MasterClass offered grants supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Nichi Bei Weekly Editor-in-Chief Kenji G. Taguma applied for and received a grant supporting the Nichi Bei Foundation, which included an annual complimentary membership for Nichi Bei Foundation staff members. I was one of […]

OBITUARY: William Isamu Mizono

William Isamu Mizono MIZONO, WILLIAM ISAMU, beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 92, surrounded by his family on July 24, 2021 in Walnut Creek, California. Born in San Francisco, he was the youngest son of Saichi and Matsuyo Mizono. In February 1937, in the midst of the […]

Calif.’s Asian population soars, new census data shows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Asian population grew by 25% in the past decade, making it the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation’s most populous state, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Aug. 12. California’s white population plummeted by 24% between 2010 and 2020, confirming California is one of three states […]

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