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Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki dons MAGA hat at White House

During the World Series champion Washington Nationals visit to the White House on Nov. 4, catcher Kurt Suzuki “proudly donned a red MAGA hat and endured a very, very, very awkward hug from the President,” Yahoo Sports reported. As Suzuki made his way to the podium, the 36-year-old native of Maui, Hawai‘i put on a […]

Hachimura can deliver for Washington and Japan, says NBA’s Silver

TOKYO — Rui Hachimura has an opportunity to be “incredibly successful” in the pros if he commits to his craft and manages to navigate the challenges of life as a player in the world’s best basketball league, says NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Speaking to Kyodo News in a Tokyo hotel on Oct. 7, Silver said […]

FAST PITCH: Five more to watch

Here are five more athletes of Asian descent to watch. Ashima Shiraishi, rock climber, USAAlready one of the premier rock climbers in the world at just 18, Shiraishi has been a competitive climber since she was just seven years old. Known for her bouldering and lead climbing abilities, she is perhaps most famous for her […]

A’s celebrate Japanese Heritage Night against Ohtani and the Angels

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics celebrated Japanese Heritage Night at the Oakland Coliseum Sept. 4 during a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Angels in partnership with the Nichi Bei Foundation and other community organizations. The event included pre-game taiko performances, free special Japanese Heritage Night T-shirts, and a ceremonial first pitch by Consul […]

Nikkei Brewers Yelich and Hiura having monster seasons in Majors

After taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to a full seven games in the 2018 National League Championship Series, the Milwaukee Brewers entered the 2019 Major League Baseball Season with high hopes. Those hopes hinge on a talented roster that includes Nikkei players Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura.

Washington selects Hachimura 9th in NBA draft

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Rui Hachimura became the first Japanese player selected in the opening round of the NBA draft when the Washington Wizards claimed him with the ninth pick June 20 in New York. The 21-year-old Hachimura played three seasons at Gonzaga University before being drafted. He now will join a Washington team that had […]

Lodi JACL Templars honor 442nd Regimental Combat Team on opening day

LODI, Calif. — On a mild summer 85-degree Lodi morning, the Northern California Japanese American Baseball League had its opening day for the 2019 season. The Lodi JACL Templars hosted the Fresno Sansei at Tony Zupo stadium June 9. Pre-game ceremonies celebrated and honored the connection between the Lodi JACL baseball team and the 442nd […]

Multiracial athletes of Japanese descent and their ascent

March 21, 2019, Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the bottom of the eighth, Ichiro Suzuki trotted off the baseball diamond for the last time, waving to an unusually emotional Japanese crowd. Soon after, fellow Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. remarked that, during his career, Ichiro was able to “cross barriers.” When […]

A brief history of Japanese American basketball in the Bay Area

First QuarterUnlike baseball, which was introduced to Japan by the United States in 1873 and played by the immigrant Issei, Japanese American basketball was a predominantly Nisei sport and truly a Japanese American phenomenon. Basketball in the Japanese American community started gaining popularity in the 1920s with recreational teams forming wherever there were significant numbers […]

Ichiro announces retirement, sent off with ovation

TOKYO — Iconic Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki, who has more hits in professional baseball than any other Japanese player, walked away from his career to thunderous applause on March 21 “When I look back on it, 28 years doesn’t seem that long a time,” he said after the game. “It’s impossible to review every step […]

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