Judy Yung, who documented Angel Island history, dies

Judy Yung, an emerita professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work helped to document the history of Asian immigration at the former Angel Island Immigration Station and Chinese and Chinese American women, died Dec. 14, 2020, the university Website noted. She was 74. Yung was the co-author with […]

OBITUARY: Keiko Kay Akashi

Keiko Kay Akashi Feb. 6, 1931 – Dec. 23, 2020 Ms. AKASHI, KEIKO KAY passed away on 12/23/20. A native San Franciscan and lifelong Konko Church member. Beloved sister of Tamotsu*, Kiyoshi*, and Sumie Sakata; and Yoshikazu* James Akashi (Sumi), Sumako Helen Takeshita, Nancy Nakai-Spink (Dale), Haruye Jane Gentile (John) and Masako Patricia Miller. The […]

OBITUARY: Mitsue Ono

ONO, MITSUE, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Dec 5, 2020 in San Francisco. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Odawara, Japan. Mitsue returned to SF and married Hiroyoshi Ono, where they owned and operated the Goshado Bookstore in Japantown. She was very passionate about Ohara Ikebana and achieved […]

OBITUARY: Naomi Yamamoto

Naomi Yamamoto June 1930 – Nov. 2020   YAMAMOTO, NAOMI, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020, at the age of 90 in Turlock, CA. Naomi was a wonderful, loving person with a positive outlook on life and she will be truly missed. Naomi was born and raised in San […]

OBITUARY: Sachio Mae

Sachio Mae July 10, 1931 – Aug. 14, 2020 MAE, SACHIO was born in 1931 in Nakazaki, Wakayama, Japan. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 with two of his childhood friends. Although they were all trained in Japanese carpentry, his first job in California was picking grapes and pruning vines in Delano, and pruning […]

Eddie Moriguchi, CPA and head of various nonprofits, dies

Eddie Moriguchi, a longtime San Francisco Japantown CPA and leader of various community-based nonprofit organizations, passed away Sept. 7, 2020 due to a heart attack. He was 91. Moriguchi, a past president of both the Japanese Benevolent Society of California (Jikei Kai) and the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (Japanese American Association of Northern California), volunteered […]

Civil rights advocate, JA organizer, Chizu Iiyama dies

Chizu Iiyama, 98, died peacefully of natural causes Aug. 26, 2020 at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Richmond, Calif. She was one of the few remaining Nisei who could speak firsthand of the Japanese American experience in the U.S. World War II concentration camps. In many ways, Iiyama’s life was unique for a Japanese American woman […]

OBITUARY: Michael Satoshi Kagehiro

Michael Satoshi Kagehiro June 8, 1947 – Aug. 31, 2020 KAGEHIRO, MICHAEL SATOSHI, 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. He is survived by Karen (Nakai), his wife of 51 years; brother, Ron (Mimi); sister, Laura “Bonz” (Randy Otsuki); and brothers-in-law, Marty Nakai (Helen), Gary Yamamoto (Janis), […]

OBITUARY: Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa

Shigeru “Shig” Tokiwa March 31, 1929 – Sept. 3, 2020 TOKIWA, “SHIG” SHIGERU passed away at home at the age of 91 years old. He is survived by his wife Mary, son Dave (Michele, deceased), daughter Janice Franey (Troy), grandchildren Terra-Lynn and Maya, along with his siblings Yoshiro, Fuji, Betty, and Bob, and many nieces […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko (Yoshida) Date

Etsuko (Yoshida) Date May 14, 1921 – Aug. 29 2020 DATE, ETSUKO (YOSHIDA), age 99, passed away peacefully on August 29 2020 in Washington near her daughter Carolyn and family. Etsu Yoshida was born in San Francisco, CA on May 14, 1921. She grew up and went to school in Alameda with three brothers (Mas, […]

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