THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Cuisine for the seasons

Kaiseki ryori, the formal multi-course Japanese meal that highlights seasonal ingredients just as they become available, isn’t limited just to multi-starred Japanese restaurants or top-level ryokan. You can also find the same meal in Hawai‘i — served in accordance with each season at Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas right in Honolulu. Chef Hiroshi Fukui originally started these […]

How to help (a partial list)

National Japanese American Citizens League The Japanese American Citizens League announced its partnership with Direct Relief International in establishing the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, which will be used exclusively for relief efforts in Japan. All contributions will go directly to relief and recovery efforts in Japan. None of the funds donated for Japan will […]

JCCCNC telethon raises more than $417K

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) announced March 22 that San Francisco Bay Area viewers and community members donated more than $417,000 to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund during the NBC Bay Area Telethon held March 18. Members from the Nikkei and local community volunteered to assist with answering phone […]

The Japan earthquake and tsunami

On March 11, 2011, still another catastrophe (not close to home in America but 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean) defined our lives. On the worldwide stage, Japan reacted to the force of nature and the devastation left in its wake. We who are Japanese by ancestry can understand (and be proud) of the courageous […]

Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese Japanese police officer’s account

Editor’s note: This letter, written by a Vietnamese immigrant working in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, has been circulating on Facebook among the Vietnamese diaspora. It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan’s current […]

Census 2010: Welcome to the Bay-sian Area

What everyone’s been saying for a while about the Bay Area, the 2010 Census has confirmed. The East is acquiring greater weight in the life of the region because the Asian American population is surging. Politically and culturally, the result is something of a rumbling mid-Richter scale earthquake. The Asian population in many Bay Area […]

NIKKEI INVITATIONAL TRIOS at Serra Bowl on Tuesdays: Results as of March 15

3/23/11 NIKKEI  INVITATIONAL TRIO’S SERRA BOWL DATE: 03/15/2011 2010 – 2011 Week 24 of 30 CURRENT STANDING SEASON STANDING Place Team Name Tm # W L W L 1 Serra Bowl #16 8 1 42 30 36964 2 Team #15 #15 7 2 38 34 36359 3 Torture #05 3 6 42 30 37094 4 […]

UNITED WE STAND: Japanese endure as nuclear-power crisis escalates

At first, I thought it was just the usual rattle we constant get. Japanese people are accustomed to earthquakes as faults run beneath the archipelago. It’s not unusual for us to wake up in the middle of the night because of such shakes. I remember we constantly had evacuation drills at school. Sometimes, as a […]

Northern California Nisei Athletic Union: Jesters no laughing matter, schools the Shonenz

2011 NCNAU Standings Aye Plus W L GB PF PA x San Francisco Drakes 5 3 – 605 618 x Setai-Cossa 4 3 .5 503 438 x Sacramento Barons 4 3 .5 481 484 Gametime 3 4 1.5 570 560 Sacramento Samurai 2 5 2.5 401 460 Aye Major W L GB PF PA y […]

LETTERS: CNBC editor tries to dissuade people from aiding victims in Japan

Dear Editor: This morning when I logged onto CNBC’s Website, I came across a poorly-written, insensitively-timed article with the “Do Not Donate Money To Japan” teaser written by Mr. John Carney, just days after the horrific earthquake and tsunami. www.cnbc.com/id/42076147 This is blanket discouragement against donating to Japan disguised as concern over allocation of charitable […]

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