THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Classical music behind barbed wires

(Editor’s Note: The following was co-written with Jonathan van Harmelen) In the tragic and difficult conditions faced by Japanese Americans confined in the War Relocation Authority camps during World War II, one imposing arena of achievement was in the arts. In recent years, a number of books and exhibits have highlighted not only the extraordinary […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Tastemaker Series

I usually don’t write about major restaurant chains. Especially since I imposed a personal ban on them years ago and swore I would never patronize them again. But time passes and Buddhism does stress forgiveness. And the pictures of each course looks delectable. And they are pairing each course not just with the fermented grape, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Hizi Koyke: Dramatic soprano

One of the most celebrated and accomplished Nikkei in prewar America was Hizi Koyke, the diminutive soprano who served as the mainstay of the San Carlo Opera Company. Despite her fame, there is a remarkably small amount of verifiable information available on her life offstage. Hisako Koyke was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1902, the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Just enough fizz to tickle the nose

Supposedly, the monk Dom Perignon of the Abbey of Hautvillers who is credited with creating Champagne actually was charged with removing the bubbles in still wine as the bubbles were considered a flaw and the increased pressure in the bottle caused many a bottle to burst in the wine cellar. Thank goodness he wasn’t successful […]

LASTING COMMITMENTS: Give generously to the Nichi Bei, onegai shimasu

On Sept. 2, 2019 the Nichi Bei Foundation will hold an online fundraising event, a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of its founding, as well as the 120th anniversary of the Nichi Bei Shimbun, founded by Kyutaro Abiko. For more about the celebration, which will include hourly raffles and gifts for contributors, see www.nichibei.org/give2nichibei. […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: It’s time for ‘active resistance’

Editor’s Note: According to news reports published in late July, plans to imprison migrant children at the Fort Sill military base in Oklahoma have been put on hold. Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I was wondering where that was. When word came that a protest was being planned at that place, I hesitated about participating. But the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Hoping for an apology

By the time this column is published, the 2019 Japanese American Citizens League National Convention will be just underway, so I write this not knowing what happened. I am concerned about the proposed resolution asking the organization to issue an apology to all Japanese Americans who were hurt and injured in various ways by individuals […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The humble cabbage

Yes, I realize that it’s not the sexiest food or vegetable. And though it’s the main ingredient in coleslaw, when was the last time you had a Pavlovian reaction when someone placed a bowl of coleslaw in front of you? Most of the other Brassica oleracea cultivars have their devoted and dedicated followers, like kale, […]

LET’S TALK … About gratitude

Obon festivals in Japanese American communities across the country signal the heart of summer and the gathering of families and friends for Bon Odori, festive lanterns, taiko drums, and our favorite local food booths. In the Buddhist tradition, Obon is a time that marks the return of deceased ancestors to Earth with special consideration of […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The jack of all beans

When you think of legumes or the humble bean, which variety is the most versatile? Pinto beans can be cooked then consumed as is or mashed for the perfect refried bean. Kidney beans are a must in Hawai‘i-style chili and they can also be mashed for a delicious spread. Garbanzos or chickpeas can be consumed […]

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