Japanese Americans protest a wind project near the Minidoka site

Advocates say 400 turbines will threaten the sanctity of the historic Idaho location that served as an incarceration camp during WWII Mary Abo is in her 80s now, but can recite her childhood address on command: block six, barrack four, apartment C. Abo is a survivor of Minidoka, one of several camps that the U.S. […]

Japanese beating Americans in baseball is must-see viewing

TOKYO — Japanese television stuck to its live coverage from Miami for almost two hours after Japan defeated the United States 3-2 to win the World Baseball Classic. This was must see viewing — over and over and over. Shohei Ohtani striking out Los Angeles Angels teammate Mike Trout on a pitch away to end […]

Child suicides in Japan hit record high of 514 in 2022

TOKYO — A record 514 children attending elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan died by suicide in 2022, topping the previous high of 499 seen in 2020, government data showed March 14, with the upward trend apparently fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. Suicides among females also increased for the third straight year, rising […]

Bay Area Jewish and AAPI leaders talk shared concerns at White House

Editor’s Note: This article is also available at https://jweekly.com/2023/03/17/bay-area-jewish-and-aapi-leaders-talk-shared-concerns-at-white-house/. Congregation Sherith Israel, a historic Reform synagogue, and the Japanese Community Youth Council, a nonprofit serving kids and teens, sit mere blocks from one another in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. But until this month, their leaders had never met. “[We] walked away with the same […]

Hikari Farms keeps the legacy of the Issei farmers alive

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Hikari Farms has faced hardships before, so Janet Nagamine, who manages the third-generation family farm in Watsonville, is optimistic that the operation will continue and even grow in spite of the battering that California has taken from Mother Nature in the past couple of months. Watsonville has been subjected to flood warnings, […]

Sparking Joy: Lydia Yamaguchi cultivates cultural connections in school gardens

Visiting her grandparents as a child, Lydia Yamaguchi caught a captivating preview of her future career. “My ojiichan had a pretty epic backyard garden,” she raved. “It felt like a little bit of a magical wonderland.” Down in the suburban Orange County city of Tustin, Yamaguchi’s grandfather had set up a space behind his house […]

A Japanese garden hidden in downtown San Mateo

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Tucked away in downtown San Mateo, Calif. near Suruki Supermarket lies the Japanese garden in the city’s Central Park, full of large trees, a tiered pagoda and koi fish. “I’ve had people that have lived in San Mateo all their life and didn’t know this garden existed,” Mike Allen, a garden […]

Natural Progression: Sharecropper descendant James Nakahara supports emerging farmers

If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own farm, you might want to talk to James Nakahara of Kitchen Table Advisors. His job at the Northern California nonprofit is to counsel fledgling agricultural entrepreneurs, and he can provide you with all sorts of useful information about irrigation techniques, soil properties and organic growing practices. He […]

Cultural elements reinterpreted for Peace Plaza renovation

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the Japantown Task Force held a virtual community briefing Feb. 28 to discuss the cultural elements that will be implemented in the Japantown Peace Plaza. The plaza, which will undergo a $32 million renovation expected to start in the spring of 2024, will reinterpret several key cultural elements […]

For Asian Americans, Yeoh, Quan’s Oscar wins are theirs too

LOS ANGELES — Edward Dion Fariñas watches the Academy Awards every year but the Filipino American didn’t expect to have such a visceral reaction when hearing Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh’s awards announced. “I had a squeal come out that I was not expecting,” said Fariñas, who was watching Sunday from his Austin, Texas, […]

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