Obituaries

OBITUARY: Goro “George” Asaki

ASAKI, GORO “GEORGE”, 94, died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on October 31, 2018 in Ellicott City, MD. Born on December 25, 1923 in Hanford, CA he was one of thirteen children of Japanese immigrant parents, Masuji and Mine Asaki. He was predeceased by his parents and by siblings Shichiro “Tom” Asaki, Teruko […]

OBITUARY: Shizuko Kato

KATO, SHIZUKO, 93, was born on March 18, 1925 in Sacramento and passed away on December 8, 2018 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She was the younger of two daughters of Matsusaburo and Natsuye Kawasaki. Shizuko and her sister, Fumiko went to live with relatives in Wakayama, Japan when they were approximately 2 […]

OBITUARY: Yoshiko “Yo” Teraura

TERAURA, YOSHIKO “YO”, 95, passed away on January 21, 2019. Yoshiko was born on November 18, 1923, in Oakland, CA. She was a very creative, talented individual who enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crocheting. As a young teenager, she and her family spent several months in Japan where she enjoyed learning the art of Japanese dance. […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko Kohagura

KOHAGURA, ETSUKO, 92, was born in Penryn, CA on January 18, 1926 and passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018. She was born to Sentaro Mikawa and Misao Mikawa-Seo. Etsuko is survived by her son Howard (Bev) Kohagura, daughters Sharon (Wayne) Nakamura and Diane (Mark) Morimune; grandchildren Philrene (Ken) Toney, Audrey (Evan) Oda, Kim (Ben) […]

OBITUARY: Stanley Kazumi Ono

ONO, STANLEY KAZUMI, 79, died from respiratory failure on December 28, 2018. He is survived by wife Junko, son Michael (Norma Bonilla), siblings Gary, Sandi, Victor (Jennifer), Lynda, Guy (Linda) (deceased), Jo Ann (Tim), Judy (Nosuke), Naomi (Allen), Teresa and their families. Stanley, born January 20, 1939, was a lifelong San Franciscan, active and well […]

OBITUARY: Tadashi “Tad” Teraura

TERAURA, TADASHI “TAD,” 96, passed away on December 10, 2018 after a short illness. He was born on January 26, 1922, in Vacaville, CA. He was a self-employed landscaper for 30+ years and enjoyed fishing, watching professional football, going to the races and playing black jack. A long-time Berkeley resident, he enjoyed socializing at the […]

Japanese American ballet star Sono Osato dies at 99

Sono Osato, a multiracial Japanese American ballet dancer who gained acclaim on Broadway, was found dead at her Manhattan home Dec. 26, 2018, The New York Times reported. She was 99. According to the Times, Osato was the first performer of Japanese descent in Col. Wassily de Basil’s Ballets Russes, said to be the world’s […]

Kenso Zenimura, Nisei who played baseball with Hiroshima Carp, dies

Howard Kenso Zenimura, a Nisei baseball legend from the Fresno, Calif. area who would play professionally with Japan’s Hiroshima Carp, passed away Dec. 13, 2018, the Nisei Baseball Research Project announced on its Facebook page. He was 91. “Kenso was a Nisei baseball pioneer, one of the founding members of the NBRP, and a good […]

OBITUARY: Kazuko Matsuoka

MATSUOKA, KAZUKO, 85, passed quietly surrounded by family and friends on November 27, 2018. She was a longtime resident of Sacramento. Born in Osaka, Japan, she was preceded in her journey by husband Walter and brother Shinichi. She is survived by son Kent and countless nieces and nephews. A supporter of Japanese arts and culture, […]

OBITUARY: Betty Kurihara Ozawa

OZAWA, BETTY KURIHARA, 87, born May 2, 1931 in Tulare, California to Kumaki and Tomi Kurihara of Kumamoto, Japan, grew up on a farm, the youngest of eight siblings. In 1942 she was one of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who was forcibly relocated to Poston III, an internment camp in Arizona. Betty remained in […]

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