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Akashi-Kama: A mixture of Japanese aesthetic and modern American streetwear

It took a trip to Japan to inspire Alec Nakashima, a former product manager for a tech company, to create a clothing brand that reflects his identity: feeling both Japanese and American. Nakashima went on the Japanese American Citizens League’s Kakehashi grassroots exchange program to Japan in March 2018. He was in awe of the […]

THE Joy of Home Gardening: Community garden feeds the body and mind

When Kota Morikawa got word from the city that he was finally able to start gardening at a community garden, he had all but forgotten that he was in line to start a vegetable garden at the Willlowgate Community Garden in Mountain View, Calif. Morikawa, a former food editor for the Nichi Bei Times Japanese […]

Bookseller, like Japanese American community, perseveres through challenges

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Women, children, mothers, fathers, families. Some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent were trapped behind barbed wire fences for having a cultural connection to Japan during World War II. In 1970 the Japanese American Curriculum Project, renamed the Asian American Curriculum Project in 1985, began its humble endeavor to educate the public […]

Summer is fun time for Southern California Bon Odori junkies

LOS ANGELES — Summer is a joyful season for many thousands of Southern California Nikkei as they participate in numerous traditional Buddhist Obon observances — as well as non-Buddhist summer festivities — and most include some Japanese dancing. Obon is a traditional event to honor and thank one’s ancestors for the gift of life. Most […]

Bon Odori is a tradition even far from the West Coast

Japanese Americans who don’t live on the West Coast joke that you can go to a different Bon Odori every weekend in California, and dance away your summer. Not so in the geographically isolated Rocky Mountain region, where a few cities such as Denver, Salt Lake City and some other smaller towns host Obon festivals […]

Socially conscious gifts

If you’re looking to donate to a nonprofit organization in the name of a loved one, whether you’re giving in solidarity with a marginalized community, or in protest of the innumerable injustices that abound, there are many ways to empower the underserved by supporting organizations that work directly with them. RAICES: Refugee and Immigrant Center […]

San Jose Taiko reflects upon its evolution in community-centered arts

As the iconic San Jose Taiko approaches their 45th anniversary concert later this month, the Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with Executive Director Wisa Uemura and Artistic Director Franco Imperial via e-mail to discuss the group’s transition from its founding pioneers, their approach to creative collaborations, and what the future has in store for the […]

S.F. Japantown vigil opposes family separations and travel ban

Japanese Americans gathered on the evening of Aug. 9 in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza to convey their solidarity against the continued attacks the Trump administration orchestrates against minorities in the United States. Hundreds of activists, both young and old, withstood the chilly evening to hear first-hand experiences of immigrants and the voices of veteran […]

Evolving and interactive Soy and Tofu Festival highlights the variety of the bean

In its annual mission to share the many applications of soy with the general public, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival welcomed soy aficionados back to The Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral June 30 in San Francisco. With expanded cooking demonstrations and activities, the eighth annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation invited […]

Several ministerial changes in Northern Calif. Buddhist Churches

Along with the start of the new year, several Buddhist temples in Northern California welcomed new ministers to lead their congregations. The ministers’ main goal is to maintain the welcoming atmosphere the temple members have showed them in return. Second Home for a Big Family For 29-year-old Rev. Matthew Hamasaki, growing up at the Berkeley […]

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