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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 […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The ABCs of Nutrition

Nutrition really is that simple. Like A, B, C or 1, 2, 3. There are no magic potions, no magic nutrient combinations, no hocus pocus. Many “experts” publish books on the ideal diet more often than not focusing on some ideal nutrient ratio or combination that will make you shed pounds while others downright feed […]

New SF Confectionary Minamoto Kitchoan Offers Sweet Treats

As pretty as poems, the confections at Minamoto Kitchoan — a new Japanese sweets shop in downtown San Francisco —almost look too good to eat. The pastel paper wrappings make many of the sweets resemble perfect little presents. And the glass cabinets, filled with artfully arranged models of pastries and seasonal fruits and foliage, bring […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Use Your Noodle

For the past week or so, a high-pressure system has been sitting just northeast of the Hawaiian Islands. Or so the meteorologists say. I don’t really understand meteorological speak, since the weatherperson always seems to be guessing anyway. Partly sunny, partly cloudy with chances of showers. Duh, that’s like everyday in Hawai‘i. It’s not like we’re […]

Nikkei Cultural Views Pose Barriers to Cancer Care

***Article missing in dropbox*** Mavis Nitta knows firsthand how important early detection is when it comes to cancer prevention. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so she always says, ‘Make sure you get a mammogram.’ I think I may have a greater risk since she had it,” said Nitta, chronic disease program coordinator at […]

The Taiji Story

First, the disclaimer; I do not represent any organization or group. I am writing my personal reactions, reflections, and questions. The views I express here are not necessarily those of the Nichi Bei Weekly. It’s about the dolphins, about their being culled annually for meat at a place called Taiji. Most people from Japan would […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Almost Sake

What is almost saké? Is it cheap saké that you purchased several years ago to use for cooking that has turned a healthy dose of brown? Nope. That’s past saké. Is it pure rice-based Shochu? Not really, that’s more like saké on steroids. What about these Asian inspired martinis that combine flavored vodka and saké? […]

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