Lifestyle

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Pigs and Pinot

We barely had time to catch a couple of winks aboard Northwest Airlines’ red-eye flight out of Honolulu before touching down at SFO and heading straight to the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Why the rush to go grocery shopping? To find the freshest produce and meat for the Pigs […]

Taking Heart: Japanese American Medical Student Develops iPhone Application to Study Heart Murmurs

When Michael “Fuj” Fujinaka started medical school two years ago he received a stethoscope. But he was not taught how to use it until his third year of school. “Basically every medical student uses a stethoscope. But you don’t learn how to use it until your third year,” said the Stockton, Calif. native, who is […]

Scent of ‘Mums’ Evoke Memories of Fall in Japan

At a store the other day a woman passed me and a whiff of her fragrance nearly knocked me away. It wasn’t the strength of it. Far from it, it was the faintness of the scent that stopped me on the spot. The women had in her cart several pots of chrysanthemums of different kinds, […]

Benkyodo Company Unveils New Seasonal Sweets

Ricky Okamura takes piping hot steamed sticky rice flour and fashions it into circular globs, exhibiting the masterful skill of mochi-making. “I’m making blueberry mochi,” he said, “because blueberries are in season, and I wanted to try something different.” The Okamura brothers of San Francisco Japantown’s Benkyodo Company are continuing a tradition of Japanese confectionary […]

Breast Cancer Survivor – A Symbol of Hope

As Goldman Sachs Japan Co. managing director, Kathy Matsui tries to “give good advice to investors regarding Japan’s stock market economy — where it’s going and where to invest.” While Matsui is an expert in her field, having been voted top strategist by Institutional Investor in 2000, 2001, and 2006, her road to success was […]

Working Out the Right Way: Fitness Tips for Seniors

No one has found the Fountain of Youth for senior citizens yet but there is an alternative for those trying to turn back the clock: exercise. Medical study after medical study after medical study have found that a regular exercise program can stave off the risk of a variety of ailments — from diabetes to […]

Hibakusha Victims Express Gratitude Following Japanese Doctors’ Biennial Visit

It has been 32 years since the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association began sending a team of physicians to the United States every two years to conduct medical examinations on those of Japanese and Korean descent who survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. More than 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings […]

APIS LIVING WITH HIV: Suffering, Stigma and Survival

In the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, “Miss E” talks about being an HIV-positive Asian American. “I was at death’s door when I was diagnosed. Of course it’s devastating to find out you have AIDS,” she said. Miss E has the kind of remarkable life you could base a movie on. Her Japanese mother died […]

MORE THAN A HILL OF BEANS: Hodo Soy Beanery Opens New Factory in West Oakland

OAKLAND — Dressed in a bright yellow plastic apron and blue-striped engineer’s cap, Minh Tsai, the founder of Hodo Soy Beanery, is leading a tour of his company’s new West Oakland factory. With one hand, he presents a palmful of re-hydrated organic soybeans, and with the other he gestures enthusiastically to the large silver soymilk […]

Health and Fitness Classes

Los Angeles East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center Ballroom Dance — Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Social Hall. All ages. Hula Dance — Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., Rm. 3 & 4. All ages. 1203 West Puente Ave., West Covina, CA. (626) 960-2566 Hollywood Japanese Cultural Institute Warabi Kai Exercise — Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Open to […]

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