Community News

JANM announces interim president and CEO

LOS ANGELES — Norman Y. Mineta, chair of the Japanese American National Museum board of trustees, announced June 8 that Ann Burroughs has been named interim president and CEO of the museum, effective immediately. JANM announced in a statement May 20 that its president and CEO Greg Kimura had resigned. Burroughs has more than “25 […]

Soy and Tofu Fest at new venue June 4

Major changes are in store for the sixth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, which will be held Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new venue: The Event Center at Saint Mary’s Center, 1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco’s Japantown. It will feature live entertainment, soy- […]

Nichi Bei to participate in Silicon Valley Gives online fundraiser May 3

Various Bay Area nonprofit organizations  are participating in Silicon Valley Gives 2016, a 24-hour online fundraiser that takes place Tuesday, May 3, and is hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. These organizations include: • The Nichi Bei Foundation, the nonprofit publisher of the Nichi Bei Weekly and organizer of the annual Soy and Tofu […]

Workshop depicts pre-war life in Sacramento’s Japantown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Not known to most people, California’s capital city once housed the fourth largest Japantown in the state. Now however, decades after the 1956 Capitol Mall Redevelopment Project tore down its buildings, Sacramento’s Japantown lives on only in old photos and in the hearts of those who walked the town streets. In an […]

Yolo County exhibit sheds light on cross-cultural injustices

WOODLAND, Calif. — The Woodland Community College Ethnic Studies program, in collaboration with the Yolo County Archives and Records Center, the Art Appreciation Class, the Holland Doshi Kai of Clarksburg and several local community members, is hosting its first exhibit on Yolo County Japanese American history. The “Yolo Japanese American Community Exhibit,” which will be […]

END OF AN ERA: Sacramento Tofu Company closes after 68 years

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After 68 years in business, rising from the aftermath of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, the Sacramento Tofu Company officially closed its doors on Nov. 30. Owner Alvin Kunishi, 71, and his wife Dorothy, who helped handle the book work, entered retirement and handed over their keys to Hodo […]

The state of San Francisco Japantown’s businesses

At the dawn of its 110th year, San Francisco’s Japantown currently faces challenges in maintaining its identity as a regional hub of Japanese and Japanese American culture. About five decades since the Japan Center was built, many of the neighborhood’s longtime business owners have come of retirement age. As these businesses close, the neighborhood faces […]

Geary BRT meeting draws criticism, as pedestrian bridge demolition debate ensues

Frustrations peaked during the San Francisco County Transit Authority’s open house-format meeting Nov. 5, focused on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit’s draft environmental impact report and statement. Held at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, members of the public were invited to study and comment on the proposed $250 million plans to improve transit […]

Community-style gift picks

With the holidays upon us, we’re hoping to help you save some time as you shop for those on your shopping list. Our Holiday Shopping Guide offers unique and creative gifts and stocking stuffers with a Nikkei or Asian American spin. Star Holiday Cards Set and Notebook San Francisco artist Tomoko Maruyama’s  holiday cards will […]

20th anniversary screenings of ‘Picture Bride’ honor pioneering Issei

More than 100 community members gathered at New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown Sept. 25 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kayo Hatta’s groundbreaking film “Picture Bride.” According to the film, some 20,000 young women from Japan, Okinawa and Korea journeyed to Hawai‘i between 1907 and 1924 to meet their new husbands — men […]

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