Molly Kimura, last known licensed biwa instructor in U.S., passes at 92

Miyako Molly Kimura, the last known licensed teacher of the biwa (Japanese lute) in the United States, peacefully passed away May 12, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. at the age of 92. She was born March 1, 1924 to Nobujiro and Motoyo Nakamura in Yuba City, Calif. The Nichi Bei Weekly previously reported that the Nisei […]

Shirley Muramoto’s ‘Hidden Legacy’ to explore arts in the wartime camps

Each year, more and more stories from the World War II American concentration camps are shared, broadening the public’s awareness about the long-term effects mass incarceration has had on the Japanese American community. Stories about people like Fred Korematsu, the Heart Mountain draft resisters and the “No-Nos” are esteemed within the community for their strong […]