Obituaries

OBITUARY: Junji “JD” Doami

Doami, Junji “JD”, 90 passed away peacefully on July 4, 2018 at a nursing home in Alameda, CA. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patsy, daughter Linda (Chris) Wolff, granddaughter Emma, sister-in-law Koko, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Yutaro and Machi Doami, son Brian, […]

Yosh Kuromiya, who resisted wartime draft from Heart Mountain camp, dies

Yoshito “Yosh” Kuromiya, an artist, landscape architect and World War II draft resister living in Alhambra, Calif., passed away on July 24, 2018 in Los Angeles. He was 95. He was the fifth of six children born to Hisamitsu and Hana Tada Kuromiya, both from Okayama Prefecture, Japan. When World War II broke out, the […]

OBITUARY: Jack Hajime Nakashima

NAKASHIMA, JACK HAJIME, 89, was born on May 1, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington and passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018 at his home in Walnut Creek, Calif. During WWII at the age of 13, Jack and his family were incarcerated at Tule Lake and Topaz. After the war, Jack graduated from Galileo High School […]

OBITUARY: Mary (Merry) Hisako Matsuno

MATSUNO, MARY (MERRY) HISAKO, 90, born December 31, 1927 passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, California. Loving wife of James “Jinx” Matsuno, deceased. A San Francisco native, Mary was the daughter of Ichiro and Shige Kataoka, owners of the Aki Hotel and Aki Travel Service. They had […]

OBITUARY: Richard “Dick” M. Fujii

FUJII, RICHARD “DICK” M., 76. It is with great sadness that the family of Richard M. Fujii announces his passing on Wednesday May 30, 2018. His family was by his side after a short battle with cancer. Dick is preceded in death by his parents Masuji and Hiro Fujii. He is survived by Jane, his […]

San Francisco poet and activist dies

Peter Kenichi Yamamoto — a poet, community activist, volunteer and one of the last surviving tenants of the famed I-Hotel — passed away in San Francisco during the early hours of May 27, 2018. Yamamoto, who had just posted his final Facebook post beaming about having just met activist Angela Davis — a longtime hero […]

OBITUARY: Masaru “Mas” Kawaguchi

KAWAGUCHI, MASARU “MAS”, 92, born Nov. 6, 1925, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018. Beloved husband of Ida and loving father of sons Todd (Kate), Jeffrey (Pam), and daughter Mari. Mas adored his two grandsons, Tyler and Bryce. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ida, and his six brothers and sisters. […]

Community icon Jimi Yamaichi dies at 95

Jimi Yamaichi — carpenter, World War II draft resister, Tule Lake Committee member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose co-founder and community leader — passed away at his San Jose home on May 12. He was 95. “Jimi Yamaichi is an icon of the Japanese American community … and he has touched the lives of […]

OBITUARY: Ayame Mae Uchida

UCHIDA, AYAME MAE, 97, passed peacefully Saturday April 14th surrounded by her loving family. Born in San Francisco in 1920, she is survived by her husband Yoshihiro (Yosh), daughters Lydia (Steve) Sakai and Aileen (Steven) Shimizu and grandsons Michael and Kyle (Diane) Sakai. She was preceded in death by her daughter Janice (Dan) Shapiro, brothers […]

Author Iwao Peter Sano, a Japanese American POW in the Japanese Army during WWII, dies

Iwao Peter Sano, author of “1,000 Days in Siberia: The Odyssey of a Japanese American POW,” passed away April 8 in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 93. In his book, Sano chronicled his life as a dual citizen of the United States and Japan, who was conscripted into the Japanese military during World War II […]

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