Obituaries

OBITUARY: Toshiko Nakamura

TOSHIKO NAKAMURA, 101, of Palo Alto passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Naoki Nakamura, and two infants, Naomi and Osamu. She will be mourned and greatly missed by her children Robert Nakamura (Bernadette), Yuko Kain (Philip), Eko Prasad (Nandi), and Patrick Nakamura (Susan); […]

OBITUARY: Jay Hisashi Yamamura

YAMAMURA, JAY HISASHI, 72, passed away peacefully at home the evening of September 25th surrounded by family. “Sash” was born in San Francisco and grew up in SF’s Japantown, and made many of his life-long friends in Japanese American community institutions like the San Francisco Associates basketball and Boy Scouts Troop 58. He worked as […]

OBITUARY: Thomas Shoji Yoshida

YOSHIDA, THOMAS SHOJI, 91, born on January 28, 1927, in Morro Bay, California, passed away on August 15, 2018, in Henderson, Nevada. Thomas is survived by his beloved wife Teruko, and children, Frances, Cecilia, and Timothy; grandchildren Tomo and Miya; great grandson Klay; brothers Charles and Paul; and sisters Inez, Rose, Sandra, Marjorie and Betsy. […]

OBITUARY: June Kiyomoto Kitagawa

KITAGAWA, JUNE KIYOMOTO, 89, was born in Reedley, CA on June 6, 1929 and passed away September 5, 2018 in Colma, CA. June was the youngest child of Tamekichi Kiyomoto and Sadame Mori. June spent her childhood on her family’s prosperous farm, alongside her brothers Yoneo, Seyichi, and George and sisters Grace, Marty, Dora, and […]

OBITUARY: Yuji Okano

OKANO, YUJI, 85, passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Monday August 27, 2018. He was a long time member and volunteer of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and worked as a Senior Buyer at General Electric. Yuji, born Sep. 4, 1932, grew up in Wheatland, CA and was valedictorian of Wheatland High […]

Noted playwright Wakako Yamauchi dies

Wakako Yamauchi, a pioneering Japanese American writer, poet and playwright, died at her home in Gardena, Calif, on Aug. 16, 2018. She was 93. Her first play, 1977’s “And the Soul Shall Dance,” shed light on “the harsh realities of the early 20th century immigrant experience” and was commissioned by the Los Angeles-based East West […]

OBITUARY: Miyuki Otake

OTAKE, MIYUKI, 89, passed away Aug. 4. A loving wife, mother, teacher and artist, Miyuki was born in Vacaville and educated in Japan before returning to the U.S. after WWII and marrying Edward Kazuo Otake. She taught at Kinmon Gakuen in San Francisco (1967 – 1971), Lakewood, Colorado (1972 – 1977), and established the Japan […]

Obituary: Alice Etsuko (Eto) Sumida

SUMIDA, ALICE ETSUKO (ETO), 104, wife of the late Mark Masuo Sumida of Portland, Oregon passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, in Beaverton, Oregon. Born near San Luis Obispo on California’s Central Coast on July 18, 1914, Alice was the third of Tameji and Take Eto’s eight children. An Oregon resident for nearly eighty […]

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 […]

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