S.F.’s Japantown proclaims queer pride

Amy Sueyoshi never imagined that the rainbow Pride flag would be raised in San Francisco’s Japantown. The dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University told the audience at the “Raise the Pride Flag at Peace Plaza” event June 4 she never thought “community leaders (would) see queer stuff as a […]

Anmitsu フルーツ白玉クリームあんみつ

Celebrate summer with this delightful Japanese dessert called anmitsu! It’s a Japanese wagashi dessert with kanten jelly, fruits, mochi, red bean paste, green tea ice cream and a good drizzle of sweet black sugar syrup. Anmitsu (あんみつ) is a summer dessert (but why don’t we enjoy it year-round?) made of small cubes of kanten jelly, sweet […]

To-fun for all as Soy and Tofu Festival makes comeback

After two years of dormancy due to the pandemic, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival returned July 2 to where it all began to hold its festival on San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza. The festival, praising all that is the “joy of soy,” celebrates and educates visitors about the versatile legume and the Asian […]

San Jose JA political icon remembered in hometown memorial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stuart Mineta recounted as a child becoming frustrated with his attempt to draw a model airplane, so he asked his father to draw it for him. As he often did, Norman Mineta took the time to focus his attention on the task at hand. Family and political leaders shared memories and […]

Japanese house and gardens vandalized in Philadelphia

The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia was vandalized the evening of June 15, Rob Buscher, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’s associate director of organizational culture, told the Nichi Bei Weekly. A mural by artist Hiroshi Senju that is valued at just under $2 million is among the items that were damaged. […]

Agedashi tofu (video) 揚げ出し豆腐

Agedashi tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu coated with potato starch and deep-fried so that the outer shell is crispy. It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top. Then tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance […]

HISTORIC GRAVESTONE: Conservancy considers donating artifact

The American River Conservancy is contemplating whether to donate an invaluable Japanese American artifact or keep it under its care. Over the course of two months, Japanese Americans, historians and other stakeholders have weighed in on the potential fate of a gravestone commemorating the first Japanese person to be buried on U.S. soil. According to […]

Horie, 83, ready for more after crossing Pacific solo

TOKYO — Japanese adventurer Kenichi Horie at 83 just became the oldest person in the world to complete a solo, nonstop voyage across the Pacific Ocean — and he says he is still “in the middle of my youth” and not done yet. Horie returned home as he crossed the Kii Strait off Japan’s western […]

Rockets guard Jalen Green, highest-drafted Asian American in NBA, partners with new Asian league

BRISBANE, Australia — Before Jalen Green joined the Houston Rockets, becoming the highest-drafted Asian American player in the NBA, he’d already experienced close up how passionate the people of the Philippines were about the game he loved to play. It’s part of the reason he’s partnering with the new East Asia Super League as an […]

BTS visits White House to discuss combating hate crime surge

WASHINGTON — K-Pop sensation BTS visited the White House on May 31 to talk with President Joe Biden about combating the rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans — bringing superstar sizzle to an otherwise sad and scary topic. Band members J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin joined White House press secretary Karine […]

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