Topaz Museum board announces leadership change at town hall

The Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages hosted a town hall discussing the Wakasa memorial stone Sept. 9 at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco’s Japantown. The meeting included a statement from the Topaz Museum board announcing future plans and a leadership change for the Delta, Utah-based organization. The in-person meeting, […]

South Korean celebration of ‘Squid Game’ Emmy wins subdued

SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans shared congratulations on social media Sept. 13 for the multiple wins by “Squid Game” at the Emmy Awards, but the overall reaction was subdued as the country grows accustomed to its increasingly prominent role in global entertainment. From K-pop sensations BTS and BLACKPINK to the movie “Parasite” that won […]

Anti-U.S. base incumbent Tamaki secures 2nd term as Okinawa governor

NAHA, Japan  — Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki won a second four-year-term following Sept. 11’s gubernatorial election, obtaining a renewed mandate for his efforts to discontinue a plan to relocate a U.S. base within the island prefecture. Opposition-backed Tamaki defeated former Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima, 58, who was supported by the ruling coalition of the Liberal […]

S.F. Taiko Dojo to move out, but plans to keep drumming

As donations continue to pour into San Francisco Taiko Dojo’s GoFundMe fundraiser, its leaders are looking for a sustainable future for the storied taiko performance group and school. Ryuma Tanaka, son of Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, broke the news to group members Aug. 7 that they had been asked to vacate their South San Francisco studio […]

Tanforan Memorial looks to past and future

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — With a jet plane roaring over head, members of the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee, along with survivors of the World War II detention camp, unveiled the centerpiece bronze statue by sculptor Sandra Shaw in the memorial Aug. 27. The Tanforan Memorial, located between the San Bruno Bay Area Rapid Transit […]

Fresh spring rolls with yakiniku 焼肉の生春巻き

Juicy Japanese BBQ meat with crunchy vegetables, wrapped in rice paper to seal in the deliciousness, these fresh spring rolls with yakiniku make the best summer dish! Serve the spring rolls as the main dish on a warm summer night or as an appetizer for your next potluck or home party. What do you like to […]

Yankees, Japanese Americans square off against A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Coliseum always seems to buzz with extra energy when the New York Yankees come to town. Their visit to Oakland to play the Athletics for a four-game set in late August was no exception, as attendance during the series was more than double the Oakland Coliseum’s average attendance. New York […]

Santo Market serves up poké bowls, mochi and more in San Jose’s Japantown

  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Santo Market, located on the corner of North Sixth Street and East Taylor Street in San Jose’s Japantown, is more than a Japanese American and Asian American grocery store. The market, which first opened in 1946 on Jackson Street before moving to its current location in 1957, sells a variety […]

Hawai‘i-style dishes a hit at Takahashi Market

  SAN MATEO, Calif. — In 1906, Takahashi Market, a San Mateo, Calif.-based Japanese American and Asian American grocery store, opened its doors. At its centennial mark in 2006, the market installed a commercial kitchen, enabling them to start serving plate lunches with poké, musubi and loco moco. “The musubis are definitely the most popular […]

Umami Mart: Come to shop, stay for a drink, and return for the community

OAKLAND, Calif. — Started and co-owned by childhood friends Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano, Umami Mart is a specialty store and tasting bar featuring high-end barware, home goods and a hand-picked selection of sake, shochu and whiskies. The idea for Umami Mart was born from a blog they started in 2007, which still runs strong […]

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