Obituaries

OBITUARY: George Susumu Takamura

George Susumu Takamura Oct. 3, 1924 – Jan. 28, 2020 TAKAMURA, GEORGE SUSUMU, 95, was born in Honolulu, HI on October 3rd, 1924, and grew up in the Palolo Valley area of Oahu. He proudly served during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion, and sustained a battle related injury on the front […]

OBITUARY: Barbara Midori Nakamoto

Barbara Midori Nakamoto Oct. 31, 1946 – Jan. 17, 2020 NAKAMOTO, BARBARA MIDORI, 73, passed away on Friday, January, 17th, after bravely fighting Alzheimer’s disease for over 8 years. Barbara was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Berkeley, CA, after briefly residing in Nebraska. She graduated from Berkeley High School in 1965, and […]

OBITUARY: Chiyoko Mizutani

Chiyoko Mizutani Aug. 6, 1924 – Dec. 16, 2019 MIZUTANI, CHIYOKO, 95, passed away on December 16, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Born on August 6, 1924 in Walnut Grove, CA, she was eldest of three children of Zentaro and Takino Mizutani of Aichi, Japan. At age 7, the sudden death of her father prompted […]

OBITUARY: Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji

Robert Yoshikazu Nakaji May 5, 1934 – January 10, 2020 NAKAJI, ROBERT YOSHIKAZU, resided in the Almaden Valley in San Jose, CA for over 4 decades. Bob was born on May 5, 1934 in San Luis Obispo, CA. He graduated from James Lick High School in 1952. He served in the US Army in Korea […]

OBITUARY: Mitzi Michiko Yorichi

Mitzi Michiko Yorichi YORICHI, MITZI MICHIKO, 95, suddenly passed away on December 1, 2019 at Marin General Hospital. She was born in Nara, Japan and attended the prestigious Osaka Shoin Women’s College. After the war she met and married Alex Yorichi, a US Army soldier in Tokyo. Their growing family moved to numerous duty stations […]

OBITUARY: Mary Fujimoto

Mary Fujimoto June 7, 1921 – Dec. 8, 2019 FUJIMOTO, MARY, 98, was born in Hood River, Oregon to Tomoichi and Masae Hirasawa. She was the oldest of three daughters. She graduated from Odell High School. She married Harvey Fujimoto in 1941, and their marriage lasted until his death in 1997. They settled in Sacramento […]

OBITUARY: Richard Seiichi Endo

Richard Seiichi Endo May 29, 1938 – Dec. 28, 2019 ENDO, RICHARD SEIICHI, 81, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2019 after a quick and sudden decline due to leukemia. He was the dearly loved and devoted husband of Emilie, father of Traci (Mike) Inouye and Christine (Hideki) Hirabayashi and Jichan to Mason, Kendall, Emi, […]

Dr. Jerry Hiura, arts leader and dentist, dies

Dr. Jerrold Hiura, a San Jose Japantown dentist, leader in the arts community and co-founder of Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, passed away after battling late-stage esophageal cancer on Dec. 26, 2019. He was 72. Hiura was born in Chicago, and he moved with his family to the San Jose when he was seven. At the […]

OBITUARY: Toshiko Furuichi Kawamoto

Toshiko Furuichi Kawamoto Apr. 4, 1927 – Dec. 21, 2019 KAWAMOTO, TOSHIKO FURUICHI, 92, a California native and long-time Cupertino resident, passed away peacefully on December 21. Raised in Los Altos, she grew up on her family’s farm that would become the Furuichi Bros. Los Altos Nursery. The family was interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. […]

Wat Misaka, who broke professional basketball’s color barrier, dies

Wataru “Wat” Misaka, the first person of color to play in professional basketball when he broke the color barrier in 1947, died Nov. 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 95. A 5-foot-7-inch guard, Misaka was a legend on the basketball court. He led Weber Junior College to two ICAC junior college titles in […]

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