Archives for January 2022

My Sister’s House Treasures attracts visitors to Sacramento’s Japantown

An Asian-focused second-hand shop opened in Sacramento, Calif.’s Japantown in October, after a longtime Japanese gift store closed last summer. The domestic violence organization running the store hopes to support its programs, as well as to revitalize the neighborhood located south of the state capital’s downtown. Located a block north of the Business 80 freeway […]

Review: In ‘Belle,’ a dazzling anime ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Anime master Mamoru Hosoda makes movies that, even at their most elaborate, can reach such staggeringly emotional heights that they seem to break free of anything you’re prepared for in an animated movie — or in most kinds of movies, for that matter. Any talented Japanese filmmaker working in fantastical animation inevitably draws comparisons to […]

Tokyo same-sex partnership plans highlight road ahead for LGBTQ rights

TOKYO — Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists have pointed out that much more work needs to be done to reach true equality in Japan. Currently, 12 of the 62 municipalities in Tokyo have […]

Language barrier: Immigrant parents tell tales of exclusion

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia parents who don’t speak English say they’ve long been excluded from parts of their children’s education because of language barriers, an issue that’s only been exacerbated by the pandemic and the return to in-person learning. Parents told The Associated Press stories of students being used as translators despite federal prohibitions, incorrect telephone […]

Hercules: How anti-Asian racism proved deadly at the 19th century dynamite plant

Today’s ultra-heated political rhetoric, particularly regarding the coronavirus pandemic, has resulted in increasingly overt expressions of racism, and outright physical violence, toward the Bay Area’s Asian American community in the last two years. While the recent increase in these attacks has been making headlines, a more insidious form of anti-Asian prejudice has been embedded in […]

Woman killed in subway shove at Times Square

NEW YORK — A woman was pushed to her death in front of a subway train at the Times Square station Jan. 15, police said, a little more than a week after the mayor and governor announced plans to boost subway policing and outreach to homeless people in New York City’s streets and trains. The […]

Olympians on leading ‘with a champion mind’

While training in Colorado Springs, Colo. as kids, Maia Shibutani and her brother, Alex, received eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno’s autograph on a McDonald’s bag. The two-time Olympic bronze medalists, affectionately known as the “Shib Sibs” off the ice rink, said it was an “honor” to share the same panel as moderator Ohno and Olympic […]

OBITUARY: Harry Harumi Higaki

Harry Harumi Higaki Aug. 29, 1920 – Dec. 16, 2021 HIGAKI, HARRY, 101, of Hillsborough, CA, passed away peacefully in his home on December 16, 2021 with his children by his side. Born in San Francisco, CA on August 29, 1920, Harry was the eldest son of the late Nobuo Higaki and Motoko Kubouchi, and […]

OBITUARY: Eiji Edward Kubokawa

Eiji Edward Kubokawa 1925-2021 KUBOKAWA, EIJI or ED as most people knew him, passed away peacefully in Bellevue, WA on December 21, 2021 at the age of 96. Eiji was born in San Francisco, attended Lowell High School, graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and worked for many years at Modern Foods and Kasho in San Francisco […]

OBITUARY: Mitsuko Kawashiri

Mitsuko Kawashiri June 22, 1922 – Dec. 15, 2021 AWASHIRI, MITSUKO passed away peacefully on December 15, 2021 at home in Novato, California surrounded by family and Reverend Koshi Kurotaki of Sokoji Temple. The loss of Mitsuko is mourned by her daughter, Rumi Okabe, son-in-law Mitsufumi Okabe, daughter, Kumi Kawashiri, granddaughter, Nozomi Okabe and David […]

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