Obituaries

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 […]

OBITUARY: Tomiye “Tomi” Nakano Iino

IINO, TOMIYE “TOMI” NAKANO, 92, passed peacefully on April 4, 2018. Tomi was predeceased by husband William T. Iino (“Bill”). She is survived by daughters Cheryl (Greg), Leslie (Dale), and Terrie (Scott), grandsons Michael (Kellye) and Riley, and great granddaughters Mina and Faith. A memorial service will be held for close family and friends. Memorial […]

OBITUARY: Emiko Shinagawa

SHINAGAWA, EMIKO, entered into Nirvana at home on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the age of 88 with her family by her side. “Emi” was born January 7, 1930 in Berkeley, California to parents Shizuo and Kimiyo Sasaki (from Japan), and grew up with older brother Ichiro and younger sister Sachiko. The Sasaki family’s life […]

OBITUARY: Ard Aven Kiyoshi Kozono

KOZONO, ARD AVEN KIYOSHI, 101, passed away at home in Sacramento on March 24, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. “Art” was a retired farmer. Interned at Tule Lake in 1942, he was a WWII MIS veteran, and a VFW and JACL member. He was preceded in death by wife Mary, and by his youngest […]

OBITUARY: Kenneth Moriguchi

MORIGUCHI, KENNETH, 86, 1932 – 2018 retired U.S. Postal Employee of 34 years, passed away suddenly from a lung-disease. “Uncle,” as he was so fondly called, passed away surrounded by his family at home. Kenny, son of Satoji and Itsu Moriguchi, and brother Toshiro will be remembered at a Celebration of Life event May 12, […]

OBITUARY: Hitoshi “Tom” Takemori

TAKEMORI, HITOSHI “TOM”, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 18th, surrounded by his family and his loving wife of 63 years, Madge. He most recently resided at the Atria Willlow Glen senior community in San Jose after living 61 years in Livermore, where he retired from the Lawrence Livermore Labs as a […]

Kyplex Cloud Security Seal - Click for Verification