Japanese national who worked in SJ found dead in Grand Teton National Park

A man found dead on a mountain climbing route in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming over the weekend has been identified as a Japanese national who worked in San Jose, according to the National Park Service. Hitoshi Onoe, 42, was found Sept. 4 by park rangers at the base of the Black Chimney climbing […]

Kotome’s sustainable Asian American threads

Last year, when time seemed to slow to a halt and no one was sure how long the uncertainty and fear would last, two friends a world apart set out to make something sustainable and timeless, and they called it Kotome. Marketed as an environmentally conscious luxury clothing brand, Kotome is the brainchild of East […]

Tribute to Jan Mirikitani

Jan died on my birthday. She called me while I was still in the hospital. “How ya doing?” I poured my heart out. (I’d been there nearly a month!) For over an hour she listened, comforted. You know how she is. Then she said, “Bren, I have some bad news … I know how much […]

S.F. proposal to purchase of Buchanan Hotel to convert into housing draws fire

The city of San Francisco shocked many within its Japantown community by announcing plans to buy one of two tourist hotels located in the ethnic enclave in order to convert it into permanent supportive housing. “I was shocked, but I was also pissed that something like this would happen, and that it would be fast-tracked,” […]

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki 広島風お好み焼き

Have you tried okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) before? It’s a Japanese savory pancake that contains a variety of ingredients. “Okonomi” in Japanese means “as you like it,” so it’s a savory pancake that contains whatever ingredients you like. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (広島風お好み焼き) is a type of okonomiyaki that originated in Hiroshima, Japan. Two Styles of Okonomiyaki 1. Osaka-style okonomiyaki […]

Activists campaign to protect seniors from eviction

LOS ANGELES — Save Our Seniors Network, a community activist group dedicated to protecting the welfare of the Nikkei residents of nursing facilities and retirement homes, campaigned to stop the evictions of senior citizens from Pacifica-owned Sakura Intermediate Care Facility, as well as their transfer into Pacifica’s previously COVID-infected nursing homes. Nevertheless, according to the […]

Police arrest man who allegedly attacked woman in Chinatown

Police in San Francisco arrested a man on Aug. 27 in the city’s Chinatown after he allegedly pushed an Asian woman into the street for no apparent reason, causing the woman to hit her head. According to police, the attack happened just before 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Kearny Street. The suspect allegedly […]

S.F. initiative that uses art to combat AAPI hate receives $1 mil. in state funding

California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, on Aug. 23 announced $1 million in state funding for an initiative that aims to raise awareness about racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The funding, provided through a state budget grant, will support the ‘We the Future’ initiative, which works to empower AAPI communities and […]

California judge tosses school board member’s $87M lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has thrown out an $87 million lawsuit that a San Francisco school board member filed against the district and her colleagues after they voted to strip her of senior board positions because of tweets that were widely criticized as racist. Judge Haywood Gilliam, Jr. said in his ruling on […]

LETTERS: JA ‘offended’ by ‘desecration’ of James Wakasa’s ‘final resting place’

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to the column entitled “The ‘desecration of sacred ground’ at Topaz” that appeared in the Aug. 19, 2021 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor: I have just learned they discovered the secretly buried James H. Wakasa memorial monument. Mr. Wakasa was a neighbor of […]

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