Kubota keeps an eye out

For professional sports teams, being prepared for the future can often be as important as being ready for the present. Without a constantly renewing cycle of young players, it can be very difficult for a professional sports team to stay at the top. Also, with amateur drafts gathering more attention every year, the role of […]

Warriors Sign Jeremy Lin from Harvard

As the much anticipated NBA draft ended roughly a month ago with big names like John Wall and Evan Turner being picked at the top of their draft class, Jeremy Lin went unnoticed and undrafted. Despite having solid stats at the college level and being selected to the All-Conference first team, few thought he would […]

OBITUARY: Cappy Harada

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Tsuneo Paul Harada, affectionately known as Cappy Harada, passed away on June 5, 2010. The Santa Maria native was 88. He was born Oct. 16, 1921. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Kay Harada. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Etsuko Harada; his son, […]

Overall, Nikkei subpar at All-Star break First half marked by struggles, career lows

Now that the Major League Baseball season has reached the All-Star break, it is a good time to look back on how the Nikkei players have done so far. In the Bay Area, Travis Ishikawa and Kurt Suzuki have had fairly successful seasons for the Giants and A’s, respectively. Ishikawa, a first baseman born in […]

JCCCNC holds Track Meet

On June 27, over 130 athletes in seven age divisions, ranging from 2 1/2 years to 30 years and older, participated in the 2010 Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) Track Meet at the Palo Alto High School Track. Families and friends throughout Northern California gathered early at the track to set […]

OBITUARY: Kinji Shibuya

SLAM! Wrestling Kinji Shibuya, who died May 3 at the age of 88, once described his move from wrestling to acting in realistic terms that also applied to his 25 years of villainy in the ring: “You’re an ugly bugger and they wanted an Oriental villain or something like that. I was ready to oblige.” […]

Stanford’s Multiracial Marvel, Kawika Shoji

As the son of a volleyball legend, the bar for excellence has been set high for Kawika Shoji, who, on May 5, was named the 2010 American Volleyball Coaches Association Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Year. A few days later, the senior setter would go on to lead his team in winning the […]

Chico’s newest outlaw: Knuckleballer Yoshida introduced by team

CHICO, Calif. (Kyodo) — The Chico Outlaws of the U.S. independent league on May 7 introduced their new addition: a female knuckleballer from Japan. “My name is Eri Yoshida. I am a knuckleballer,” the 18-year-old said after slipping on a No. 3 jersey at a press conference in Chico on the day she arrived from […]

Yu-Ai Kai’s Nihonmachi Run Brings Out the Athletic Fun

SAN JOSE — Between rainstorms, it was a perfect day for the 2010 Yu-Ai Kai Nihonmachi “Run for All Ages,” held on April 25. The three-mile run/walk began in front of the Yu-Ai Kai building in Japantown. Half an hour before the start, the throng of 510 runners/walkers of all ages, some in costume, some […]

Can Olympian Mirai Nagasu be the Future of Figure Skating?

With the 2010 Winter Olympics less than a week away, the United States will once again set their hopes on another Japanese American figure skater to bring home a medal. Nearly 18 years after Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold, Mirai Nagasu will compete in the women’s figure skating competition at the Vancouver Games. The 16-year-old […]

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