OBITUARY: Florence Toshiko Fujinaga

FUJINAGA, FLORENCE TOSHIKO, 94, entered Nirvana on April 26, 2019. She was born in Penryn on June 8, 1924 to the late Ichisaku and Sen Iseki. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Kakumin Fujinaga, her brothers Harry and George Iseki and sister Norma Kochi. She is survived by her daughter Satomi (Ed) […]

DEAN OF THE COLUMBO J-SCHOOL: Passionate and profane, K.W. Lee fights on at 90

By STEPHEN MAGAGNINI Special to the Nichi Bei Weekly RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — The man with nine lives has made his last stand in his bunker in Rancho Cordova, a pale green house filled with “a tsunami of boxes,” more than 100 cartons representing a fierce lifetime struggle for underdogs from Seoul to Sacramento, Mexico […]

Wayne Maeda Educational Fund

Please Support the Nichi Bei Foundation’s Wayne Maeda Educational Fund   To honor the spirit and legacy of the late educator, historian, longtime Nichi Bei Times / Nichi Bei Weekly contributing writer and Nichi Bei Foundation founding board member Wayne Maeda, the Nichi Bei Foundation established the Wayne Maeda Educational Fund to help fund educational […]

San Francico’s Japantown welcomes new Mayor Ed Lee

An ad hoc committee of San Francisco Japantown’s business and community leaders gathered together on the night of Feb. 22 to welcome and congratulate Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of the city. The event, held in NEW PEOPLE’s Superfrog Gallery, brought together old friends of the new mayor from the community to […]

Japantown BNP organizers to deploy outreach efforts through upcoming meetings

On Feb. 16, the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP) Organizing Committee held its monthly meeting at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The meeting, led by Karen Kai, included subcommittee chairs, members of Japantown’s residential and business communities and Paul Lord of the San Francisco Planning Department.   Finalizing community outreach plans […]

An Urgent Plea for Bone Marrow Donors: You could be the one to save a life

There have been many recent victories in sports and politics (e.g. my hometown San Francisco Giants winning the World Series; Jean Quan elected the first Asian American and female mayor of Oakland), but a real victory would be finding a bone marrow donor match for my dear friend, Sheri, and others (Asians and other ethnic […]

San Jose Day of Remembrance focuses on ‘Fighting Against Fear’

SAN JOSE — Jimi Yamaichi will never forget his long and frustrating battle to join the carpenters union, which turned away Japanese Americans and other Asians before the start of World War II. Yamaichi, director and curator of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, was among several speakers at the 31st annual San Jose […]

Berkeley Higashi Honganji Holds Ohtani Jamboree

Held this year at Berkeley High School on Feb. 27, the annual Ohtani Jamboree is organized by Berkeley Higashi Hongangi Buddhist Temple to promote friendship and fellowship through basketball, with teams coming from all over the Bay Area to compete at a variety of levels between kindergarten and sixth grade.

Northern California Nisei Athletic Union hardwood action rolls into week 6

Week 6 – February 19-20 Aye Plus 1 2 F Gametime 38 38 76 SF Drakes 36 49 85 HIGH SCORERS Gametime: Tully – 23 Drakes: Sugawara – 24 1 2 F Sac Samurai 19 29 48 Sac Barons 37 44 81 HIGH SCORERS Samurai: Irish – 16 Barons: D. Kunisaki – 18 Aye Major […]

East Bay Athletic League concludes season, heads into March Shaughnessy Tournament

EBYAL 2010-11 Standings: Final Regular Season as of Feb. 20: Division Team W L Shaughnessy Ranking B EBFM B1 (Katz) 9 0 1 (10-12 Grade) Ohtani B2 (Miller) 7 2 2 BCOYC B1 (Kim) 5 4 3 Ohtani B1 (Le) 5 4 4 Eden B1 (Yee) 3 6 Diablo B1 (Steimetz/Uemura) 3 6 EBFM B2 […]

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