Archives for 2021

LA film critics pick ‘Drive My Car’ as year’s best

LOS ANGELES — It was a showdown between Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” and Jane Campion’s “ The Power of the Dog ” for members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, but the group managed to give top honors to both on Dec. 19. The Japanese film “Drive My Car” was named best picture […]

Japanese actress Sayaka Kanda dies after apparent fall at hotel

TOKYO — Japanese actress and singer Sayaka Kanda has died after apparently falling from a height at a hotel in Sapporo, northern Japan, her office said Dec. 19. Kanda, known for voicing the lead character Anna in the Japanese dubbed version of the Disney animated film “Frozen,” was found around 1 p.m. Dec. 18 lying […]

Suspect in Osaka clinic fire may have copied animation studio arson

OSAKA  — The suspect in a fatal fire at a mental health clinic in Osaka last week might have intended to copy a deadly 2019 arson at an animation studio in Kyoto, which also involved a purchase of gasoline before the incident, investigative sources said Dec. 21. Morio Tanimoto had left in his presumed living […]

Satoshi ‘Fibber’ Hirayama (1930-2021)

At 5’3” and weighing 140 pounds, Satoshi “Fibber” Hirayama is considered the greatest pound-for-pound athlete in Fresno State history. Hirayama grew up in Exeter and was a two-sport star for the Monarchs: football and baseball. He would also play both of those sports at Fresno State, lettering in football from 1949-1951 and in baseball from […]

OBITUARY: Reiko Tanaka

Reiko Tanaka Jan. 5, 1931 – Nov. 18, 2021 TANAKA, REIKO, beloved by all who knew her, passed away on November 18, 2021 at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos with her daughter by her side. Reiko was born in Kobe, Japan on January 5, 1931. She moved to San Francisco in 1965 after marrying Frank […]

OBITUARY: Junko June Ohara

Junko June Ohara Oct. 2, 1926 – Nov. 16, 2021 Heaven has gained a special angel. OHARA, JUNKO JUNE, born 10/2/26 in Fresno, Ca. left us on 11/16/21 at the age of 95 yrs. She was born to parents Chouji and Tami, who preceded her in death, also June’s only sister, Chisato Ohara and her […]

Matcha Marble Pound Cake 抹茶マーブルパウンドケーキ

Rustic and delectable, with its rich green tea swirls, this buttery Matcha Marble Pound Cake perfectly accompanies that afternoon cup of coffee or tea enjoyed with friends. Do you have a good pound cake recipe in your repertoire that you gift to a friend or bring to a gathering? Today, I’ll show you how to […]

Creating Space For Queer Nikkei: Okaeri holds online conference to educate and form community

Delayed by about a year, and held wholly online, Okaeri Los Angeles held its fourth conference to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Nikkei and their allies from across the country. The two-day conference, held over Zoom meetings, featured presentations on mental health, the state of the campaign for marriage equality in Japan, and […]

News crew guard dies after being shot in attempted robbery

OAKLAND, Calif. — A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region. “We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita. Our deepest sympathy […]

Long-lost monument brings up a painful legacy for Utah concentration camp descendants

Last year, two archaeologists found a monument at a Utah concentration camp that imprisoned Japanese Americans. The prisoners there built it for a man killed by a guard. But earlier this year, the Topaz Museum — built to educate the public about the camp — removed the monument with a forklift. There were no archaeologists […]

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