ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: Stereotypes Can Save the Balloon Boy’s Japanese Mom

In last week’s column, I wrote about the refreshing lack of a racial angle in the media coverage of the so-called “balloon boy” incident. Just as we were going to press though, I came across an article on the ABC News Website that places a large amount of the blame for the incident on Japanese […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The ABCs of Nutrition

Nutrition really is that simple. Like A, B, C or 1, 2, 3. There are no magic potions, no magic nutrient combinations, no hocus pocus. Many “experts” publish books on the ideal diet more often than not focusing on some ideal nutrient ratio or combination that will make you shed pounds while others downright feed […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: Race and Reality: The ‘Balloon Boy,’ Jon & Kate

On Wednesday last week, a six-year-old hapa boy captured the attention of the world when it was reported that he was trapped in a homemade helium balloon floating 15,000 feet in the air. Falcon Heene, dubbed “the balloon boy,” replaced President Obama’s New Orleans town hall meeting as the day’s big story on cable news. […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 4)

(Note: The fourth of four parts) For more than 30 years, off of the deck of my house, I have gazed into the beautiful garden of my neighbor next door below me. I observed Rose planting flowers everywhere, tenderly applying soil or pulling unsightly weeds. Years ago she passed away, and her husband did a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Use Your Noodle

For the past week or so, a high-pressure system has been sitting just northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. Or so the meteorologists say. I don’t really understand meteorological speak, since the weatherperson always seems to be guessing anyway. Partly sunny, partly cloudy with chances of showers. Duh, that’s like everyday in Hawai‘i. It’s not like we’re […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 3)

Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) Capital Campaign has already raised 95 percent of its $2,200,000 goal. NLF retired the mortgage on the 1830 Sutter St. building in 2007 and is currently in the process of much needed retrofitting and upgrading. My purpose in writing is to encourage more supporters to find inspiration in the many extraordinary […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Almost Sake

What is almost saké? Is it cheap saké that you purchased several years ago to use for cooking that has turned a healthy dose of brown? Nope. That’s past saké. Is it pure rice-based Shochu? Not really, that’s more like saké on steroids. What about these Asian inspired martinis that combine flavored vodka and saké? […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Wakamatsu Has Shot for AL Manager of the Year

Some people around baseball might think that Don Wakamatsu puts David Copperfield and Harry Houdini to shame as far as magicians go. After all, he must be using smoke and mirrors — as well as pulling a few rabbits out of his cap — to get a team that finished with the worst record in […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 1)

Established in 1975, Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a bilingual, multicultural childcare organization located in San Francisco’s Japantown. In 2002, NLF launched the Issei Women’s Legacy Project – a $2.2 million capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of the historic 1830 Sutter Street building. Completed in 1932, it was originally built as the […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Rising of the Phoenix…or the Egg?

As the Nichi Bei Foundation embarks on a new journey as a nonprofit aiming to keep the community entwined with a newspaper, I have visions of that fabled Phoenix consumed in flames and reduced to ashes rising. Then again, maybe it wasn’t visions of the fabled Phoenix but simply of its common domesticated cousin, Gallus […]

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