S.F. J-Town restaurateur, performer Shogo Yamada dies

Shogo Yamada, a restaurateur who was also known for his love of singing, passed away March 26 after having been ill. He was 76. Yamada was first the owner of the Izumiya restaurant in the Kinokuniya Building in San Francisco’s Japantown. Combining his two passions, he opened YamaSho in 2010, a restaurant with private karaoke […]

Ronald Katsuyama

Ronald Katsuyama KATSUYAMA, RONALD, 76, passed away peacefully March 2nd with his wife Jane and family by his side after bravely battling cancer. Ron grew up in San Francisco, participating in the Boy Scouts, Troop 12, and graduating from Washington High School. He received his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D from Vanderbilt […]

Keizo Norimoto, Buddhist minister, author, and former Hokubei Mainichi CEO, dies

Keizo Norimoto, also known under the pen name Ippei Nomoto, passed peacefully surrounded by family at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2021. He was a husband, father, minister, writer, artist, educator and student. He was 88.Born in Maesawa, Iwate Prefecture, on July 7, 1932, he was the child of Sokushin and Yuriko Norimoto of the […]

OBITUARY: Fumie Jane Hara Wong

Fumie Jane Hara Wong Oct. 15, 1925 – Feb. 4, 2021 HARA WONG, FUMIE JANE, 95, entered into the spiritual world peacefully on Feb. 4, 2021 in San Francisco, Calif. She was born on Oct. 15, 1925 in Lincoln, Calif. She had seven brothers and one older sister. Her parents Tonakichi and Toyo Hara came […]

OBITUARY: Elinor Atsuko Hiro

Elinor Atsuko Hiro May 12, 1936 – March 5, 2021 HIRO, ELINOR ATSUKO (May 12, 1936 – March 5, 2021) passed away peacefully at home in San Leandro. She is survived by her husband Paul, sons Kevin (Rose), Randall (Roberta), Sean, Chris (Maria), six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eunice Sato, Long Beach’s first female mayor, dies at 99

Sato, who was also the first Asian American woman to serve as mayor of a major American city, died from cardiopulmonary arrest on Feb. 12.   Eunice N. Sato, the first female mayor of Long Beach who helped turn the city around during tough economic times in the 1970s and 1980s, has died. She was […]

OBITUARY: Ronald Kenji Hitomi

Ronald Kenji Hitomi April 4, 1928 – Feb. 14, 2021   Sacramento, California – HITOMI, RONALD KENJI passed peacefully away of natural causes on February 14 at 7:30 AM. Ron is survived by his devoted wife Grace, sons Kevin and Brian, daughter-in-law Helen, granddaughter Nicole, stepsons Chris and Dan. He has many nieces, nephews, and […]

OBITUARY: Sally Sumiye Osaki

Sally Sumiye Osaki Sep. 18, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2021 OSAKI, SALLY SUMIYE passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021. She was 88 years old. She was born the youngest of six siblings to Tadahiko and Chika Noda on a small farm outside Selma, California. Both her parents immigrated from Kumamoto, Japan, in the […]

OBITUARY: Kevin E. Nagata

Kevin E. Nagata April 5, 1959 – Jan. 3, 2021 After a valiant four-year battle with cancer, NAGATA, KEVIN passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 3, 2021 after watching his Warriors win their game earlier in the evening. Kevin was born in Fowler to Tom and Jane Nagata.  After graduating from […]

Community and political activist Georgette Imura dies

She may have been diminutive, and lacked a college degree like many in the halls of the California State Capitol, but Georgette Imura nonetheless fought fearlessly for Asian Pacific American representation, mentoring hundreds along the way. In the end, only the dreaded disease of lung cancer would keep the Sansei community and political activist from […]

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