Life, nature, humanity and haiku

COOL MELONS — TURN TO FROGS! THE LIFE AND POEMS OF ISSA Story and translations by Matthew Gollub, illustrated by Kazuko G. Stone (New York: Lee and Low Books, 1998, 40 pp., $9.95, paperback) Poignant English translations of Issa’s haiku, the same poem written in Japanese calligraphy, accompanied by biographical material about the life of […]

Yankees teammates react to Irabu’s passing

NEW YORK — Former teammates of New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu were surprised and saddened July 29 after hearing that he was found dead the previous day at his home in a Los Angeles suburb in an apparent suicide. He was 42. Current Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who caught Irabu’s major league debut against […]

Commerce Secretary Locke becomes Ambassador to China

WASHINGTON — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke formally resigned Aug. 1 and was sworn-in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. While swearing in Locke, a former two-time governor of the state of Washington, […]

Nihonmachi Asian American Film Retrospective Aug. 13-14

Nihonmachi Asian American Film Retrospective during Street Fair Aug. 13-14   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: chizuomori@earthlink.net or Kenji G. Taguma at (415) 673-1009 A Nihonmachi Asian American Film Retrospective, featuring a selection of award-winning classics and new films, will be held on the weekend of Aug. 13-14, with screenings beginning from 2 p.m. at Viz […]

Anpanman theme park opens in quake-hit Sendai

  SENDAI (Kyodo) — A theme park featuring Anpanman, one of the most popular Japanese anime series for young children, opened July 22 in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, after the March 11 earthquake delayed its opening for three months. The “Sendai Anpanman Children’s Museum and Mall,” a two-story facility on 7,000-square-meter premises, was initially set […]

Students act as bridge to Japan on memorial trip

When a major earthquake and tsunami devastated Northern Japan, claiming thousands of lives and wiping out entire towns, the world watched in horror. In Indiana, Alex Kessler, who had earlier that evening said goodbye to a visitor from Japan, was struck by the images of people crying. Kayla Lindsey, who attends a Japanese school in […]

A tribute to John Tanaka, a Renaissance Man

Sometimes in life you meet a person who is a one-of-a-kind renaissance man. That best describes my father-in-law, John Shigeyuki Tanaka, who passed away on June 28, 2011. He was 88 years old. John was a Nisei, an inventor, a military man, a businessman, an author and a food connoisseur. In his 80s, he became […]

Japan beats U.S. to seal Women’s World Cup fairytale

FRANKFURT (Kyodo) — Saki Kumagai completed a fairytale finish with the decisive spot kick as Japan stunned the United States 3-1 on penalties to win the Women’s World Cup for the first time after a 2-2 draw in extra time in the July 17 final in Frankfurt. Tournament MVP Homare Sawa forced penalties with an […]

Keiro vies for new Toyota

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare (Keiro Services), a nonprofit organization that aids and empowers elderly Nikkei in the area, is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. The program plans to award 100 nonprofit organizations with cars. Voting will be held during the course of 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook […]

Community club members to reunite Oct. 15

The San Francisco Japantown “All Clubs” Reunion invites members of social, scout and athletic clubs from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s to reconnect with old friends and reminisce on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in Japantown. Admission costs […]

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