Martha Nakagawa, community journalist and activist, dies

Martha Miiko Nakagawa, a long-time community journalist, researcher and advocate, passed away on the morning of July 28 at Los Angeles General Medical Center. She was 56. She was suffering from late-stage metastatic breast cancer, according to Marie Morohoshi, one of the friends who comforted Nakagawa in her final days. Nakagawa, whose father was incarcerated […]

Listening is essential: In memory of Rev. LaVerne Sasaki

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by BCA Wheel of Dharma. I first met Rev. LaVerne Senyo Sasaki when I was a junior or senior in high school. When I was in high school, our Jr. YBA from Ontario, Oregon, took a trip to visit YBA groups and temples in California. We stayed overnight […]

OBITUARY: Robert Kazuo Masuda

Robert Kazuo Masuda Jan. 9, 1947 – July 16, 2023 MASUDA, ROBERT KAZUO passed away peacefully in San Francisco on July 16, 2023. He was 76 years old. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelley, in March 2022. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, sons Jeff (Melanie) and Ross (Lu), grandchildren: Josh, […]

Japanese traditional dancer, national treasure Nishikawa dies

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese traditional Nihon Buyo dancer Nishikawa Senzo, who was recognized as a living national treasure, has died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his office said July 18. He was 95. Senzo, a Tokyo native who died July 14, made his Nihon Buyo dance debut at age 5 in 1933 and inherited […]

OBITUARY: June (Kaneko) Nishikawa

June (Kaneko) Nishikawa June 5, 1925 – June 18, 2023 NISHIKAWA, JUNE (KANEKO) passed away peacefully on June 18, 2023 at her home in Davis CA in the loving presence of son Mark Nishikawa and daughter Sharon Nishikawa. June was born on June 5, 1925 in Alameda County, California, to father Norikazu Kaneko and mother […]

OBITUARY: Adeline Nakamura

Adeline Nakamura Feb. 15, 1935 – June 18, 2023 A loving and devoted mother, sister, aunt and cousin, NAKAMURA, ADELINE died peacefully in Sacramento after a short illness on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Born in Marysville, CA on February 15, 1935 to Takeo and May Miyama, Adeline attended the local schools in Marysville until Executive […]


John Oda July 1, 1932 – Dec. 21, 2022 ODA, JOHN S. was born July 1, 1932, in Santa Barbara, CA, the oldest of four children. In 1943, John and his family were relocated to Gila River, Arizona, as part of the incarceration of Japanese-Americans into prison camps. After the war his family migrated to […]

OBITUARY: Tadaaki “Tad” Kinoshita

Tadaaki “Tad” Kinoshita April 8, 1942 – April 21, 2023 KINOSHITA, TADAAKI “TAD” passed away on April 21, 2023, at Mills Peninsula Medical Center in San Mateo, CA. Born in Tenjin, China on April 8, 1942, he was the middle son of 3 boys and dreamed of being an adventurer. He was married to Sanae, […]

OBITUARY: Osamu Sam Shimada

Osamu Sam Shimada Oct. 14, 1932 – June 21, 2023 SHIMADA, OSAMU SAM passed away on June 21, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Fumie, children, Warren (Liz), Howard, and Cheryl, and five grandchildren. A memorial service will take place at the Sacramento Buddhist Church in Sacramento on Sunday, July 16 at 1 p.m. […]

OBITUARY: Toshiko Tsuchitani

Toshiko Tsuchitani March 30, 1931 – May 19, 2023 TSUCHITANI, TOSHIKO passed away on May 19, 2023. Toshiko was born on March 30, 1931 in Nuki, Kitakyushu, Japan, to Rev. Enryo and Mrs. Hana Unno. She was the second of three siblings born at 400-year-old Shojoji temple, followed by two siblings born in the U.S. […]