S.F. J-Town restaurateur, performer Shogo Yamada dies

Shogo Yamada, a restaurateur who was also known for his love of singing, passed away March 26 after having been ill. He was 76. Yamada was first the owner of the Izumiya restaurant in the Kinokuniya Building in San Francisco’s Japantown. Combining his two passions, he opened YamaSho in 2010, a restaurant with private karaoke […]

Ronald Katsuyama

Ronald Katsuyama KATSUYAMA, RONALD, 76, passed away peacefully March 2nd with his wife Jane and family by his side after bravely battling cancer. Ron grew up in San Francisco, participating in the Boy Scouts, Troop 12, and graduating from Washington High School. He received his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D from Vanderbilt […]

OBITUARY: Fumie Jane Hara Wong

Fumie Jane Hara Wong Oct. 15, 1925 – Feb. 4, 2021 HARA WONG, FUMIE JANE, 95, entered into the spiritual world peacefully on Feb. 4, 2021 in San Francisco, Calif. She was born on Oct. 15, 1925 in Lincoln, Calif. She had seven brothers and one older sister. Her parents Tonakichi and Toyo Hara came […]

OBITUARY: Elinor Atsuko Hiro

Elinor Atsuko Hiro May 12, 1936 – March 5, 2021 HIRO, ELINOR ATSUKO (May 12, 1936 – March 5, 2021) passed away peacefully at home in San Leandro. She is survived by her husband Paul, sons Kevin (Rose), Randall (Roberta), Sean, Chris (Maria), six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

OBITUARY: Ronald Kenji Hitomi

Ronald Kenji Hitomi April 4, 1928 – Feb. 14, 2021   Sacramento, California – HITOMI, RONALD KENJI passed peacefully away of natural causes on February 14 at 7:30 AM. Ron is survived by his devoted wife Grace, sons Kevin and Brian, daughter-in-law Helen, granddaughter Nicole, stepsons Chris and Dan. He has many nieces, nephews, and […]

OBITUARY: Sally Sumiye Osaki

Sally Sumiye Osaki Sep. 18, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2021 OSAKI, SALLY SUMIYE passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021. She was 88 years old. She was born the youngest of six siblings to Tadahiko and Chika Noda on a small farm outside Selma, California. Both her parents immigrated from Kumamoto, Japan, in the […]

OBITUARY: Kevin E. Nagata

Kevin E. Nagata April 5, 1959 – Jan. 3, 2021 After a valiant four-year battle with cancer, NAGATA, KEVIN passed away at home surrounded by his family on January 3, 2021 after watching his Warriors win their game earlier in the evening. Kevin was born in Fowler to Tom and Jane Nagata.  After graduating from […]

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 […]

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