Japanese American tea and history take root in Sonoma vineyard

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — On Nov. 7, several dozen Japanese Americans and their friends from across California descended on Santa Rosa’s Paradise Ridge Winery. They didn’t come to taste Convict Zinfandel, Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon or even Nagasawa Chardonnay, named after Kanaye Nagasawa, the globe-trotting Japanese samurai and adventurer who ran the original Fountaingrove Winery in […]

A lyrical look at the “Japanese Plymouth Rock”

STRONG AS SILK: THE STORY OF THE GOLD HILL WAKAMATSU TEA AND SILK COLONY By Brigit Truex (San Pedro, Calif.: Lummox Press, 2012, 138 pp., $18, paperback) “Strong as Silk” is a wonderful summer read and an interesting attempt to stir the imagination of what it must have been like as the historic Wakamatsu Tea […]

PASSAGEWAY FOR PIONEERS: Exhibit at China Cabin, part of the ship that brought first Japanese settlers to America, depicts voyage of Wakamatsu colonists

  BELVEDERE, Calif. — An unassuming hall overlooks the gentle waters facing San Francisco in the sleepy bedroom community of Belvedere, Calif., located north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. Yet the Victorian social saloon itself is steeped in history, particularly as it relates to the Japanese experience in America. Today it is […]

Wakamatsu Colony preservation efforts to be honored

SACRAMENTO — The California rice industry will honor the efforts to preserve the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony during the 10th annual California Rice Commission Circle of Life Reception, Tuesday, March 15, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, 1230 J St. The colony, which was established near […]