Archives for January 2022

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Liquid soybeans

Though I reach for that penguin shaped bottle with the almost black liquid on a regular basis, I never really looked into the origin of shoyu … until now. In the 50th, especially in the Tatsumoto household, the only shoyu on the table was Aloha Shoyu. No Kikkoman or other shoyu that was created in […]

LETTERS: ‘Enemies among Us’ author protests book review

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to the “Enemies among Us: The relocation, internment, and repatriation of German, Italian, and Japanese Americans during the Second World War” book review entitled ‘Composite history’ falls short,’ published in the Jan. 1, 2022 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor: As the author of […]

OBITUARY: Takaaki “Tak” Saruwatari

Takaaki “Tak” Saruwatari Sept. 3, 1922 – Jan. 9, 2022 SARUWATARI, TAKAAKI, 99, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his wife Tsuyako, daughter Sachiko, and grandsons Christopher & Terry. He is survived by his son Toshiaki (wife, Kazuko), daughter Kazue (husband, Tony), and granddaughters Lan, Jennifer, Allison, & […]

SF: Hospital needs assistance identifying female patient

A San Francisco hospital needs the public’s help in identifying a female patient who has been hospitalized since late November. St. Mary’s Medical Center, operated by Dignity Health, is currently caring for the patient, but they do not know her name. She was admitted Nov. 25. The woman is Asian, bilingual in Korean and English, […]

Voting rights is the civil rights issue of our time

Advocates press for national standards It’s the “civil rights issue of our time,” voting rights advocates say, but three different proposals to strengthen and create nationwide standards on voting are all stalled in Congress. “Democracy is facing challenges unlike any we have seen in modern time,” said Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on […]

Miso nikomi udon 味噌煮込みうどん

Miso nikomi udon is a hearty and comforting noodle soup where chicken, fish cake and udon noodles are simmered in a miso-flavored dashi broth. When it’s cold outside, this noodle soup will warm you inside out. Most udon noodle soups are served in clear dashi broth seasoned with soy sauce. However, in the Nagoya region, […]

San Jose’s Japantown keeps optimistic outlook going into new year

San Jose Japantown leaders have expressed restrained hope for 2022. The ethnic enclave continues to navigate the pandemic as a long-delayed mixed-use apartment complex project moves forward. “The business climate in Japantown remains slower than pre-pandemic, but our businesses continue to do well in spite of adversity,” Tamiko Rast, president of the Japantown Business Association, […]

Let your mental health ‘Shine’

While working at DoSomething, a New York-based nonprofit for young people trying to create positive change, Naomi Hirabayashi met Marah Lidey, whose friendship and daily support blossomed. This inspired them to launch and co-found Shine, a self-care nonprofit, in 2016. In 2014 Shine created a prototype for 50 people. Later in 2016, it became a […]

Walking tour uses augmented reality to tell San Jose’s Japantown history

It was 4:30 p.m., on a Thursday in November. As the sky was dimming, the tour of Japantown San Jose began. A group of 10 began walking along N. Fifth Street where the San Jose Buddhist Church sits. They looked up at their smartphones in the air and gazed into the two-dimensional space projected on […]

Racial reckoning turns focus to roadside historical markers

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania had been installing historical markers for more than a century when the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 brought a fresh round of questions from the public about just whose stories were being told on the state’s roadsides — and the language used to tell them. The increased scrutiny […]

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