Back in J-Town, Barons Reflect on Yesteryear

The lines on their faces may have increased with each passing year, but old familiarities shined through as social groups that emerged after World War II recently gathered to reunite in their old stomping grounds of San Francisco’s Japantown. “It’s hard to believe how we all aged,” said Shig Yabu, 77, who now resides in […]

‘Ukulele Strikes a Chord with San Jose Japantown Music Instructor

Originally trained as a computer hardware programmer, Rodney Takahashi has turned his passion for the ‘ukulele into a successful career as a music instructor. Takahashi teaches lessons at his store, Ukulele Jams, at 565 North Sixth Street in San Jose’s Japantown. The classes cover ‘ukulele picking, strumming and music theory. Takahashi, who originally operated his […]

Seven Decades Late, Japanese Americans to Get their College Diplomas

Prominent members of the Nikkei community gathered in San Francisco’s Japantown on Nov. 12 to address “unfinished business” and announce a statewide project to confer honorary degrees to former students of Japanese descent who were forced out of college campuses nearly seven decades ago. Run by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, […]

LETTERS: Helping to Fund the Nichi Bei Weekly

Dear Editor, I’m very glad that the Nichi Bei Weekly is publishing, as it has a critical role and responsibility in maintaining the Japanese community in San Francisco and the Bay Area. I am a recent subscriber of this newspaper and everyone else who wants to have a viable Japanese community needs to also subscribe. […]

Japanese Tea Garden Getting Makeover: Japantown Businesswoman Takes Charge of Concessions

It’s a sunny fall afternoon at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The wooden teahouse, overlooking a small tree-lined pond, is bustling with visitors. The soothing sounds of a waterfall rise up whenever a moment of quiet punctuates the chatter. At one table, a group of four MBA students visiting from Miami, Fla., […]

Economic Downturn Takes Financial Toll on San Jose’s Japantown

Joe Yasutake has seen first-hand the effects of the state budget crisis, as the Japanese American Museum of San Jose prepares to reopen in a couple of months after several years of delays. Yasutake, a museum board member and the former president, said that turning the dream into a reality has taken so long due […]

Last Bilingual Japanese Newspaper in SF ‘Suspends’ Operations

The recent closure of two bilingual Japanese American newspapers reflects not only demographic shifts in the community but also a time of reinvention for newspapers serving the Japanese American community, according to ethnic media experts. With its last issue Oct. 30, the Hokubei Mainichi became the second bilingual Japanese American newspaper in Northern California to […]

Hokubei Mainichi, the Last Bilingual JA Newspaper in Northern Calif., to Close

The Hokubei Mainichi Newspaper, one of only two Japanese American bilingual newspapers left in California, will halt publication after its Oct. 30 issue, said Hokubei President and CEO Don Yamate in a statement that was posted on the newspaper’s Website late Oct. 27 and printed in their Oct. 28 issue. The newspaper’s board of directors […]

Olympian’s Field of Dreams in Fremont: Kristi Yamaguchi Envisions New Playground in Fremont Hometown

FREMONT, Calif. — Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi’s longtime dream of a playground where children with and without disabilities can play freely together is getting closer to reality. Construction began this summer on the Always Dream PlayPark, located at Central Park in Fremont. It is scheduled to open in early December. “Seeing that construction is […]

OBITUARY: Gina Hotta

Journalist,  writer, musician and  community  leader Gina Hotta passed away of a heart  attack  early Sept. 28. She was 56. Hotta was perhaps best known for her work as executive producer on the radio show Apex Express on Berkeley’s KPFA since 2001.  She won numerous  national  awards there, including  ones from the Asian American Journalist […]

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