George Yamasaki Jr., S.F.’s longest-serving city commissioner, dies

George Yamasaki Jr., San Francisco’s longest-serving city commissioner and the longtime “voice” of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, passed away in February. He was 86. “He was the ‘voice’ of the Cherry Blossom Festival for the decades of time he spent as the Grand Parade main stage announcer and the Peace Plaza stage,” recalled […]

Oto’s Marketplace co-founder dies

Mollie Oto, the co-founder of Oto’s Marketplace in Sacramento, Calif. who was behind the Japanese grocery market’s bento boxes, died on Jan. 2, 2022, her obituary in the Sacramento Bee stated. She was 87. According to her obituary, she served as the first female board member of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Betsuin in 1978, […]

OBITUARY: Toru Honda

Toru Honda Aug. 10, 1926 – Jan. 15, 2022 We were lucky to learn many valuable lessons from Toru (pops/grandpa) Honda during his 95 years, among them: Shoot the ball more, stop passing it, a glass of wine at night is not a bad thing, always a ride or die a Niner fan, always be […]

OBITUARY: Sandi Matoba

Sandi Matoba Aug. 5, 1942 – Jan. 23, 2022 MATOBA, SANDRA YOKO (ONO) passed away peacefully with family by her side. She was born in Merced, California and grew up in San Francisco Japantown. She was the eldest daughter of the late Masami (Sam) Ono and Kimiye Okamura. Sandi was generous and thoughtful and enjoyed […]

OBITUARY: David Toshiaki Shida

David Toshiaki Shida Sept. 13, 1940 – Jan. 13, 2022 SHIDA, DAVID TOSHIAKI of Dayton, OH, passed away Thursday, January 13th, 2022. The family will be holding private services at a later date. In lieu of koden, the family would like donations made in memory of Dave Shida to Adaptive Sports Connection. or 6000 […]

OBITUARY: Harry Harumi Higaki

Harry Harumi Higaki Aug. 29, 1920 – Dec. 16, 2021 HIGAKI, HARRY, 101, of Hillsborough, CA, passed away peacefully in his home on December 16, 2021 with his children by his side. Born in San Francisco, CA on August 29, 1920, Harry was the eldest son of the late Nobuo Higaki and Motoko Kubouchi, and […]

OBITUARY: Eiji Edward Kubokawa

Eiji Edward Kubokawa 1925-2021 KUBOKAWA, EIJI or ED as most people knew him, passed away peacefully in Bellevue, WA on December 21, 2021 at the age of 96. Eiji was born in San Francisco, attended Lowell High School, graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and worked for many years at Modern Foods and Kasho in San Francisco […]

OBITUARY: Mitsuko Kawashiri

Mitsuko Kawashiri June 22, 1922 – Dec. 15, 2021 AWASHIRI, MITSUKO passed away peacefully on December 15, 2021 at home in Novato, California surrounded by family and Reverend Koshi Kurotaki of Sokoji Temple. The loss of Mitsuko is mourned by her daughter, Rumi Okabe, son-in-law Mitsufumi Okabe, daughter, Kumi Kawashiri, granddaughter, Nozomi Okabe and David […]

OBITUARY: Takaaki “Tak” Saruwatari

Takaaki “Tak” Saruwatari Sept. 3, 1922 – Jan. 9, 2022 SARUWATARI, TAKAAKI, 99, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his wife Tsuyako, daughter Sachiko, and grandsons Christopher & Terry. He is survived by his son Toshiaki (wife, Kazuko), daughter Kazue (husband, Tony), and granddaughters Lan, Jennifer, Allison, & […]

OBITUARY: Yoshi Ushijima

USHIJIMA, YOSHI passed away peacefully at her home in San Leandro on December 23, 2021, at the age of 91 yrs with her son Glenn at her side. Yoshi was born in Fukuoka-ken, Japan. She married Sadato Ushijima in 1956. They moved to San Francisco, Ca, eventually residing in their San Leandro home since 1964. […]

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