San Jose Japantown Building Made Historic Landmark

SAN JOSE — The San Jose City Council on Jan. 12 voted unanimously to designate a restaurant building a historic landmark in the city’s Japantown District. The Historic Landmarks Commission recommended the designation of the Ken Ying Low building at 625 N. Sixth St., as Historic Landmark No. 180. The city’s Japantown, located just north […]

New Alternative Proposed for Little Tokyo Light Rail

LOS ANGELES — Residents, workers and business people in Little Tokyo, who had been concerned about the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to possibly run a light rail connector line above ground through this historic Japanese American enclave, heard better news recently with a proposal by a community group for a fully […]

PRESERVING OUR JAPANTOWNS: History Forgotten, Isleton’s Japantown

ISLETON, Calif. — Unfamiliar with the Sacramento Delta region but lured by Japantown lore and a faint recollection of actor-comedian Pat Morita claiming his roots in Isleton, my family and I visited the riverfront town. Driving the two blocks of Main Street, we easily found Chinatown with its distinctive architecture and remnants of Chinese characters […]

Benkyodo Company Unveils New Seasonal Sweets

Ricky Okamura takes piping hot steamed sticky rice flour and fashions it into circular globs, exhibiting the masterful skill of mochi-making. “I’m making blueberry mochi,” he said, “because blueberries are in season, and I wanted to try something different.” The Okamura brothers of San Francisco Japantown’s Benkyodo Company are continuing a tradition of Japanese confectionary […]

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 […]

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