Wakamatsu — really first?

Is the Wakamatsu colony really the first Japanese settlement in America? This question still nags some diehard skeptics, although the Gold Hill site was recognized in 1966 by the state of California as a historical landmark. Years of search by the Japanese American Citizens League for authentic data had preceded the official recognition. A key […]

PARTING SHOTS: Gold Hill Colony: Hope and betrayal for a ‘Mayflower’

PAGES FROM THE PAST: In recognition of recent developments to restore the historic site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony near Placerville, Nichi Bei Weekly columnist K.W. Lee files these two stories on the colony from the June 6, 1971 edition of the Sacramento Union. By K.W. LEE, Sacramento Union Staff Writer There is […]

Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo more vibrant at night than in past years, but there are concerns that businesses are hurting and worries about disruptions caused by subway construction.

LOS ANGELES — Is Little Tokyo in dire straits? Bill Watanabe, executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and also a member of the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), doesn’t think so. “Generally speaking, I think the foot traffic and level of business seem to be going pretty well,” Watanabe said. “Evening events […]

THE KAERU KID: Epic Disappointment

Let me preface this article by stating that I am not a big fan of cruises because my interests are the destinations rather than the cruise experience. However, there are many fans of cruises and if you have never taken one, it is definitely an experience not to be missed — but I think there […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Divine parent

親 (oya) means “parent.” This character consists of three parts. The top of the left side is 立 (tatsu), which means “stand.” Below that is 木 (ki), which means “a tree.” The right side is 見 (miru), which means “to see or look.” So parents are standing in a tree and looking upon their children […]

JAMsj museum shop offers array of holiday gifts

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose’s (JAMsj) store offers a treasure trove of gifts for every person on your holiday list. Items range from cards and clothing to jewelry and books. The majority of items sold in the store were created by Japanese American artists. Cards ($4) Colorful wooden kokeshi dolls are among the […]

Unforgettable gifts from Japan for under $50 (not including shipping)

Once you reach a certain age, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will receive one or more of the following as gifts: a soap and loofah gift set… wine… assorted chocolates… a mug. While these gifts are practical and generally enjoyed by most people, they are, regrettably, forgettable. Why spend money on gifts that have […]

Gifts from Nichi Bei Bussan for under $50

Nichi Bei Bussan has a wide variety of Japanese gifts including traditional dishware, martial arts apparel, unique collectibles and a fantastic selection of books. Japanese Camera Case ($7.95) Give a unique and useful gift with fun Japanese flair! These soft-shell Japanese fabric carrying cases can be used as camera holders for the photographer in the […]

Gifts from Nikkei Traditions for under $50

Nikkei Traditions has modern Japanese gift ideas with Hawaiian flair, including music, DVDs, fashion and even snack items! Nikkei Traditions’ newest line of products has gone green! Check out these three eco-friendly gift ideas, along with several other great present possibilities. Water Bottles ($19-$22) Plastic water bottles not only increase our carbon footprint, they add […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Gochiso Gourmet’s reluctant gift guide

I’ve lost some of that feel-good anticipation and Christmas cheer that I used to experience as a child. While I haven’t converted completely to the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, I’m not exactly the Ghost of Christmas Present come December. Perhaps part of this stems from the commercialization (or over commercialization) of Christmas. Maybe it’s seeing […]

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