Opinion

Folding the origami crane

It is belie(ved) that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes one’s wish will come true. It takes hours to fold that many and string them on a streamer. The crane is also considered to live 1,000 years. It symbolizes good fortune, longevity and peace, and represents hope and healing … during such challenges, especially the […]

J-Town group reacts to Chauvin’s conviction

Japantown For Justice, a group founded in 2020 that “demand(s) justice and liberation for Black people,” issued a statement May 5 on the April 13 jury’s conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin, who is white, pressed his […]

Tips for navigating Japanese learning online

Learning Japanese is hard. Unlike English there are multiple alphabets plus character sets. Online learning can make what would normally be challenging seem overwhelming. Don’t despair, a few tips gleaned from experience can reduce the stress of learning Japanese. The default technology, Zoom, is far from a friction free learning environment. Let’s start by taking […]

LETTERS: Bay Area Day of Remembrance underscores the need for unity

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to the article entitled “Bay Area Day of Remembrance calls for reparations for African Americans” that appeared in the March 4, 2021 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, Not being able to have an in-person event this year because of the pandemic, it was […]

My tsuru

I am a member of Tsuru for Solidarity. I am not an activist, nor am I a trained artist, but I have painted 12 large tsuru (paper cranes) of various sizes. I paint because it gives me pleasure and a way to express myself. Last year, like many Japanese Americans, I began by folding hundreds […]

LETTERS: COVID-19 and the national disasters

In the United States as of Dec. 27, 2020, there were 331,524 COVID-19 deaths. This is from January through December of 2020, a one-year period. During World War II, from 1942 through 1945, in the four-year period the American casualty was around 400,000. We were fighting a war then and the military leaders were leading the […]

The virtual Nikkei

To call this past year “unprecedented” is the understatement of all understatements. But as we noted in the commentary at the onset of the pandemic — “Navigating the new normal” (March 26, 2020) — “we are a resilient community, which fought racist immigration laws, endured our wartime incarceration and rebuilt our lives from scratch after […]

A life lesson from John Lennon, in Japantown

Sadness and sorrow. Dec. 8 was the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. Here’s my story on meeting him: I was a young teen in the summer of 1973, hanging out at Paper Tree, when in walks John and Yoko. They smiled at my folks as they wandered through the store, bought some postcards, then […]

The Census is about our past and future

Many have come to understand that by participating in the Census, you are shaping the future — ensuring your community has the resources and representation it deserves for the next 10 years. As the deputy director of statewide initiatives for the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office, I have learned professionally how this aspect […]

Cupertino holds two bell ringing events for peace

In 1945, the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was devastating, killing tens of thousands. However, the U.S. and Japan have since formed a strong connection. In observance of 75 years of peace with Japan, Sister Cities International and Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. organized a virtual bell ringing for peace Webinar Aug. […]

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