Letters

LETTERS: Concerns about conditions in S.F.’s J-Town

Hello, after taking several tours of Japantown and the Peace Plaza, I am very concerned with the condition of the town. The Pagoda itself is rusting and has severe gaps in the foundation. The walkways and tree holders are cracking and falling apart. There is a lot of trash and filth in the walkways. Inside […]

LETTERS: JAs say injustices ‘must never happen again’

Dear Editor, We join with 40 other Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, the Jodo Shinshu being a school of Buddhism whose adherents in this country are largely Japanese American. Many of us were imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, most as children, in some cases without our fathers, (as is happening to some children today,) […]

LETTERS: Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada

Rename the Embarcadero Plaza after Yori Wada Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to an article that appeared in the Nov. 23, 2017 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, Thank you for your article “Remembering S.F. Japantown legend Yori Wada.” It reminded me of just how dedicated and insightful he […]

LETTERS: The Tule Lake issues

The National Park Service (NPS) has recently held hearings concerning the Tule Lake Segregation Center issue in several cities. In view of this, there are two issues which need to be addressed, and that is the Tule Lake stockade and the Tule Lake cemetery. First, the stockade. There at Tule Lake exists the remnants of the stockade. […]

LETTERS: In support of the Issei Commemorative Garden

Dear Editor, The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) joins others in support of the Issei Commemorative Garden. This garden, to be created at the site of the Cottage Row Mini-Park, would serve as a backdrop to a unique neighborhood story and experience. Prior to World War II, the Japantown community was a vibrant residential and […]

LETTERS: Digging deeper

Dear Editor, This is a response to the article entitled “Golden Nursery of San Mateo celebrates its 40th year of blossoming business” by Jasmine Yamanaka (Aug. 18-31, 2016; p. 9). Golden Nursery may be celebrating its 40 years of operation with the Takemori family but Golden Nursery was established before 1976. Masao “Mac” Kawahara and […]

LETTERS: It’s just personal …

Dear Editor, I am not voting for the Republican nominee for president. There are others like me who will not vote for him for a variety of reasons. It might be something as simple as his acerbic personality or his over-inflated ego. It might be his adoring feelings towards (Russian President Vladimir) Putin or (former […]

LETTERS: More on the Topaz (Central Utah) incarceration experience

Editor’s Note: The following was sent in response to the article entitled “Prewar Nikkei life depicted.” Dear Editor, In Greg Robinson’s July 21, 2016 book review of Toshio Mori’s  “Yokohama, California,” Robinson writes that, “Indeed, the text nowhere referred to the wartime fate of the author, confined at Topaz (Central Utah) …” Writer Toshio Mori, […]

LETTERS: Gassho for coverage of Rinban and Rev. Oshita

Dear Editor, You did an exceptionally good job on your June 23 Obon and Summer Festivals Guide edition. It contained many interesting articles and your color photos added much visual appeal. The article that really captured me most was Heather Ito’s retirement story of Reverends Bob and Patti Oshita. Other publications, including the Sacramento Bee, […]

LETTERS: Seeking info on Nikkei buried in Martinez, Calif.

Dear Editor, The Martinez Historical Society has recently discovered the headstone of Mr. Kichigoro (or Yoshigoro) Nogawa (野川吉五良) in a Martinez, (Calif.) cemetery and is trying to locate his family. He passed away on May 9, 1905 and was from Tononyu village, Oshima county in Yamaguchi prefecture (in Japan). If you have any information, please […]

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