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Santa Clara Co.: Registrar of voters seeking thousands of workers for June 5 election

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is calling for 5,000 to 6,000 election officers to serve in over 800 polling places around the county for the June 5 election. The registrar is seeking bilingual support in 19 different languages for the 824 polling places that will serve the diverse population of the county. Bilingual […]

Attorney General Becerra files lawsuit over citizenship question on Census

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration March 26 in response to their move to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Decennial Census for the first time in more than 50 years, saying that such a question could discourage non-citizens from participating. “Adding a question on citizenship threatens […]

Warriors help dedicate Chinatown gym in honor of late Mayor Ed Lee

Children in San Francisco’s Chinatown on March 30 began playing on a recently refurbished basketball court dedicated in honor of the city’s first Asian American mayor, late Mayor Ed Lee. At the dedication ceremony at the Salvation Army’s Chinatown Corp. Community Center at 1450 Powell Street, the center’s gymnasium and indoor basketball court was christened […]

Tea for two

In San Francisco’s Outer Richmond district, Larry Sokyo Tiscornia, 69, and Kimika Soko Takechi, 68, teach tea as members of San Francisco Urasenke Tankokai. The couple met while taking Saturday tea classes with Soko Kobara, founder of the Tankokai, and have since been together, teaching all aspects of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Prior to […]

Ikebana to go: Kiyo’s Floral Design delivers ikebana-inspired creations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For designer Lisa Taira, every flower arrangement she creates is one that comes from the heart — even if it’s just one flower. “It’s not just a single flower because it has so much meaning to the person who is actually buying it to give to someone,” said Taira, the owner of […]

Matt Ogawa perpetuates the cultural arts and gives back with a purpose

Whether motivating a group into action or expressing his love for his own Japanese American heritage through his involvement in a myriad of cultural activities, Matt Ogawa doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Decades ago, his grandfather, the late Frank H. Ogawa, was a popular civil rights leader and longtime Oakland City Council member […]

Ikebana teacher follows family’s legacy of service, sees ‘revival’ in the art

Her grandfather, the Rev. Shozen Naito, was a minister at the Buddhist Temple of Alameda before World War II; her grandmother taught Sogetsu ikebana in the 1970s and Japanese language at the same temple. Her father, Kiyoshi Naito, served as the temple’s board president for three different terms. Following two generations of family leadership at […]

Tiffany Tamaribuchi’s multifaceted Sacramento Taiko Dan family

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — “My mom would say from the time I could walk, I would stand in front of the taiko,” said 51-year-old Tiffany Tamaribuchi, recalling her earliest encounter with the drums at a Sacramento Obon festival. Her captivation with the Japanese drum would lead her to establish Sacramento Taiko Dan in 1989 at just […]

Historic Wintersburg preservation effort gains community support

LOS ANGELES — Concerned citizens in the Nikkei community have called on the Huntington Beach City Council to help preserve and protect the Historic Wintersburg site, whose status is being threatened by the proposed sale of the property to a storage company. The importance of preserving and protecting the property, Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force […]

Catching up with former Rep. Mike Honda on the importance of Day of Remembrance

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, who as an elected official over the past two decades has joined San Jose’s Japantown in commemorating the Day of Remembrance nearly every year, recently attended the Feb. 18 event marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. That order by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt put the […]

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