Obituaries

OBITUARY: Emiko J. Nakano

NAKANO, EMIKO J., 100, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 26, 2019. She was born on October 15, 1919 in Hiroshima, Japan to Utaso and Ai Fujikawa. She grew up in Isleton, CA and was the second child of 10 children. In 1940, Emiko married Mario Masaharu Nakano. They raised 4 children, […]

OBITUARY: Patricia Kikuno Namba

NAMBA, PATRICIA KIKUNO, 98, peacefully passed away at home on September 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Minoru Namba, and her devoted brothers Masateru, Yasuo, Katsumi, and Jitsuo. On October 20, 1920, Patricia was born to issei parents, Torazuchi (immigrated to USA 1907) and Shige Hashimoto who settled in Taishoku […]

OBITUARY: Fumiko Kunihara

KUNIHARA, FUMIKO, 95, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Oct. 31, 2019. She was born in Sacramento and raised in Auburn, California. In 1942, Fumiko was interned at Tule Lake where she met her husband, Kenji. After camp, they had a dry-clean business for over 40 years. Fumiko is survived by […]

OBITUARY: Kirk Eiji Akahoshi

AKAHOSHI, KIRK EIJI passed away at the age of 44 from pancreatic cancer on November 6, 2019. He was a devoted husband, beloved son and grandson, dear brother, doting uncle and friend to many. Born on June 24,1975, and raised in Saratoga, Kirk was a graduate of Lynbrook High School. He received his Bachelor of […]

TULE LAKE ICON PASSES: Hiroshi Kashiwagi was a noted poet, playwright, author, actor and symbol of wartime resistance

When Hiroshi Kashiwagi was born in a boarding house in Sacramento, Calif. on Nov. 8, 1922, no one imagined that he would become a successful activist, writer, playwright, actor, and a poet of such regard that he would be known as the “Poet Laureate of Tule Lake.” Although his first book, “Swimming in the American: […]

Isao Tanaka, photographer and ‘No-no,’ dies

Isao Tanaka, a so-called “No-no” who resisted the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans and took countless community photographs that were featured in various media, passed away peacefully at his San Francisco home on Oct. 27, 2019. He was 93. He was born the eldest of four children of Satsumi and Sasaichi Tanaka in Santa Maria, […]

OBITUARY: Harry Toji Kurotori

KUROTORI, HARRY TOJI, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in Pleasanton, CA on October 18, 2019. He was born May 13, 1922 in SanFrancisco and raised in Martinez, CA where he attended Alhambra High School. In 1942, he was interned at Gila River Relocation Center, AZ before being drafted into the US Army where […]

OBITUARY: Kiku Hori Funabiki

FUNABIKI, KIKU HORI, 95, died peacefully at her home in San Francisco on October 12, 2019. Kiku was born in San Francisco at Post and Buchanan on July 4, 1924. She resided there until the war when her family were incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming Internment Camp. On release to the west coast she completed […]

OBITUARY: Jane M. Kosakura

KOSAKURA, JANE M. passed away peacefully at home on October 26, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Jane was born on November 10, 1942 in Tule Lake, CA and spent most of her childhood on the family farm in West Sacramento. Jane attended Clarksburg High School before graduating from UC Berkeley where she met her […]

OBITUARY: Isao Tanaka

TANAKA, ISAO, 93, passed away peacefully on Oct. 27, 2019. Beloved brother of Setsuko Tanaka and Misae (Kojimoto), widow of brother Terumi. Loving uncle of Patricia Ann, Nanayo (Robert) Silver, Kimiye (Steve) Touchi, Mikio (Louise) Tanaka, Tsuyumi and Chisako and devoted Grandnieces Hitomi, Chiemi and Nobumi. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. […]

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