THE KAERU KID: Long Way to Kau Kau

My favorite Nichi Bei columnist is Ryan Tatsumoto, the Gochiso Gourmet, because I am an unrepentant foodie. He writes in an interesting way and always presents some new nugget of information. A golden opportunity to meet him presented itself when I was given a very cheap airfare to Hawai‘i. For first time visitors to O‘ahu, […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Community Needs this Forum

As the year winds down, I can’t help but feel that time passes so quickly when you get older. Since we Americans are facing so many issues and challenges, 2010 is going to be another year filled with turmoil and uncertainty. One of my New Year’s hopes is that the Nichi Bei Weekly manages to […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Good-bye Gotham, Hello LaLaLand

Hideki Matsui and his World Series MVP trophy have left the Big Apple for the City of Angels to become, well, an Angel. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Matsui to a one-year deal worth a reported $6.5 million, quite a pay cut from the $s13 million he made in 2009 when he hit […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Goin’ to the Hukilau

While the Bay Area clan was visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday, we accompanied them on requisite trips to several local restaurants and the main shopping trip to Ala Moana Center… four-plus hours at Ala Moana. And this was already on top of several hours spent previously by the family on Black Friday (gift shopping should NEVER […]

ENTERTAINMENT RE-ORIENTED: TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK: People of Color Dancing at the Box Office This Winter

This holiday season’s top box office earners include a surprisingly large number of films about people of color. The controversial “Precious,” a gritty story about an obese, pregnant black teen, cracked the top 10 and “The Blind Side,” an “inspirational” story about a rich white lady who takes in a troubled, black teen, and turns […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Offal isn’t Awful

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines offal as: 1: the waste or by-product of a process: as a: trimmings of a hide b: the by-products of milling used especially for stock feeds c: the viscera and trimmings of a butchered animal removed in dressing: variety meat 2: rubbish I love definition No. 2. It really doesn’t make it […]

THE KAERU KID: Two Countries, One Island

I met Kenji G. Taguma, Nichi Bei editor, when he came to Las Vegas for an anime convention. I took him and his brother-in-law to dinner and wished him luck on the new nonprofit Nichi Bei Weekly. He asked if I would continue contributing to the newspaper, and I am pleased to do so with […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: Wakamatsu Ties for Fourth in AL Manager Award

The odds were against Don Wakamatsu before the voting even began. Despite leading the Mariners to a 24-game turnaround in 2009, the Seattle manager really had little chance of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award. In the 27-year history of the award only four managers of teams that didn’t make the playoffs won […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Pigs and Pinot

We barely had time to catch a couple of winks aboard Northwest Airlines’ red-eye flight out of Honolulu before touching down at SFO and heading straight to the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Why the rush to go grocery shopping? To find the freshest produce and meat for the Pigs […]

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: World Series MVP Matsui Might Still Have Future with Yankees

In films, the flame-throwing Godzilla never went quietly into the night. He went out swinging — and, many think, so has his namesake Hideki Matsui. In what many believe might be his last game in the Yankee pinstripes, Matsui went 3-for-4 with six RBIs in the clinching game of the World Series. He hit .618 […]

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