Archives for October 2021

S.F. Japantown hotel conversion proposal called off, but work continues

Many Japantown community members breathed a sigh of relief while housing advocates lamented KHP Capital Partners’ decision to rescind its interest in selling the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel in San Francisco’s Japantown to the city. If sold to the city, the hotel, currently serving as a temporary shelter-in-place hotel for homeless people, would have been converted […]

FINDING YOUR NIKKEI ROOTS: Road Trip! Embark on a personal pilgrimage through family history

You’ve likely been researching your family history for ages. Are you ready to take your journey to the next level? At some point, you have to step away from the computer and get out of the libraries or archives. It’s time to plan your own heritage adventure. Every ancestral journey is personal. Many of you […]

OBITUARY: Nobusuke ‘Nob’ Fukuda

Nobusuke “Nob” Fukuda May 11, 1933 – Oct. 5, 2021 FUKUDA, NOBUSUKE “NOB” was born on 11 May 1933 in San Francisco. His parents were the late Yoshiaki & Shinko Fukuda, founders of the Konko Church of San Francisco. Nob is survived by his wife, Fumi, daughter Tracey, son Steven, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Emma […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The magic elixir

Now that we’re well into fall, that means the changing of the leaves as trees start their hibernation into winter, no more wearing light colored attire (I never followed that fashion “rule” as it’s summer year-round in the 50th) and once again, flu season is upon us. Because of COVID, between the mandatory facemask mandates […]

San Francisco to vote on scandal-plagued school board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco parents and other residents frustrated by the city’s scandal-plagued Board of Education will get a chance to recall three of its members. City officials announced Oct. 18 that a special municipal election will be held Feb. 15 after an effort to recall the board members gained enough signatures to […]

OBITUARY: Takashi Matsuoka

Takashi Matsuoka Nov. 14, 1934 – Oct. 6, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of MATSUOKA, TAKASHI. He passed away peacefully and free of pain at his home in Daly City, CA, surrounded by his son John and daughter Yuki. His grandson Brendan Kei was also by his side prior […]

Princess Mako marries commoner, loses royal status

TOKYO — Japanese Princess Mako quietly married a commoner without traditional wedding celebrations Oct. 26 and said their marriage — delayed three years and called unfit by some — “was a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts.” The marriage to Kei Komuro cost Mako her royal status and she has taken her husband’s […]

OBITUARY: Michael Masao Shiro

Michael Masao Shiro Sept. 23, 1962 – Oct. 22, 2021 SHIRO, MASAO died peacefully on October 22nd, 2021 at the age of 59 with his beloved girlfriend of 26 years, Karen Desouza and his mother, Chizuko Shiro at his side in Corte Madera, CA where he was born on September 23, 1962. Michael is survived […]

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

TOKYO — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood […]

Grandma’s gift

Shinayo Mori, my grandma, was born in 1899, outside the city of Hiroshima. She arrived in Honolulu as a shy, introverted picture bride at age 17. Her marriage was arranged by her parents and uncle. The groom would later be my grandfather, Shinichi Mori. I was stung by her death in 1990. She had been fighting […]

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