Sacramento’s J-Town to lose longtime business as neighborhood continues to change

Sacramento’s once thriving Japantown was devastated in the 1950s as redevelopment pushed much of the Japanese American community out of what is now downtown Sacramento. A pocket of Nikkei businesses relocated south of the original ethnic enclave, but few Japanese American businesses remain today, and one more store has announced their closing at the end […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Mastering the Class

Due to the ongoing, unfortunate hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, MasterClass offered grants supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Nichi Bei Weekly Editor-in-Chief Kenji G. Taguma applied for and received a grant supporting the Nichi Bei Foundation, which included an annual complimentary membership for Nichi Bei Foundation staff members. I was one of […]

Virtual event to remember atomic bombing victims

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 76th anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The San Francisco Bay Area-based Friends of Hibakusha and the Nichi Bei Foundation will commemorate those dates with a virtual remembrance in collaboration with the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco. The second annual online […]

Salmon nanbanzuke (Marinated fried salmon) 鮭の南蛮酢け

Marinated in soy dashi vinaigrette and served chilled, salmon nanbanzuke is delightful seafood fare to enjoy in the summer. Its unique preparation allows the salmon to be stored for days! You can serve it as an appetizer or a main dish. Just don’t forget to chill your favorite sparkling sake or white wine to go […]

‘Happy tears’: Lee’s gold sparks joy at home in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — There were cheers and screams and “happy tears” for one of their own, and unending delight for what many saw as an “Only in America” story. Sunisa Lee captured the women’s all-around gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 29, a triumph that wowed all of Minnesota but carried special resonance in […]

Nobuko Miyamoto’s riveting stories — on and off the stage

NOT YO’ BUTTERFLY: MY LONG SONG OF RELOCATION, RACE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION By Nobuko Miyamoto (Oakland, Calif.: University of California Press, 2021, 344 pp., $29.95, paperback) Playful, provocative, never boring — that sums up Nobuko Miyamoto and her memoir, “Not Yo’ Butterfly.” From a young age, Miyamoto showed promise as a dancer, winning a scholarship […]

Japanese American Olympic athletes

Collin Morikawa Sport: Golf Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs DOB: 2/6/1997 Birthplace: Los Angeles Hometown: La Canada, Calif. College: University of Calif., Berkeley Fun Facts: He received a business administration degree from Cal. Sakura Kokumai Sport: Karate DOB: 10/2/1992 Birthplace: Honolulu Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, Calif. College: Waseda University (masters degree) Coach: Nghia Pham Fun Facts: […]

Seeking happily ever after in Little Tokyo

FROM LITTLE TOKYO WITH LOVE By Sarah Kuhn (Toronto, Ontario: Viking Books for Young Readers, 2021, 432 pp., $24.99, hard cover) A clever, funny, romp of a story that is “not a fairytale” begins: “Once upon a time, a beautiful princess lived in the magical kingdom of Los Angeles. Always alone, she belonged to no one — and no one belonged to her. She dreamed of one day finding someone who shared her passions, […]

A classic collection of Japanese folk tales

FOLK TALES FROM JAPAN: FABLES, MYTHS, AND FAIRY TALES FOR CHILDREN By Florence Sakade, illustrated by Yoshio Hayashi (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2020, 80 pp., $14.99, hard cover) “Folk Tales From Japan,” compiled by Florence Sakade, is a delightful collection of stories that has been enchanting children for more than 60 years. Previously published as “More Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories,” it is part of a series “created to share the folktales and legends most beloved by children in the East with […]

Nisei murder mystery enthralls readers

CLARK AND DIVISION  By Naomi Hirahara (Westminster, Md.: Soho Press, 2021, 312 pp., $27.95, hard cover)  From the first few pages of the new Naomi Hirahara historic mystery “Clark and Division,” I am immediately drawn into the story of the young Nisei woman, Aki Ito. The descriptive narrative with rich historic details and the strong […]

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