Grateful Crane Ensemble reflects upon 20 years, upcoming Sacramento show

Nichi Bei Weekly Report Grateful Crane Ensemble’s mission is “to pay tribute to the unique hardships and inspiring contributions of Japanese Americans in our country’s history and continues the traditions of our Japanese ancestry through educational and entertaining works of music and theater to the Nikkei and broader communities.” Recently for the “Nichi Bei Café,” […]

SamTrans featuring anti-racism artwork on buses, shelters

SamTrans launched a series of anti-racism artwork the first week of June that is being displayed on the transit agency’s buses and shelters around San Mateo County. Calling it an “effort to show its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” following increasing numbers of hate crime attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, […]

SJ: Fire destroys garage, RV but nearby houses spared

A garage and an RV were destroyed the night of Nov. 17 in a fire just south of San Jose’s Japantown, the San Jose Fire Department said. The fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. Nov. 17 in the 400 block of North Fifth Street near Empire Street. The initial call was for an RV on […]

OBITUARY: Florence Toshiko Fujinaga

FUJINAGA, FLORENCE TOSHIKO, 94, entered Nirvana on April 26, 2019. She was born in Penryn on June 8, 1924 to the late Ichisaku and Sen Iseki. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Kakumin Fujinaga, her brothers Harry and George Iseki and sister Norma Kochi. She is survived by her daughter Satomi (Ed) […]

OBITUARY: SHUNSO FRANK WATANABE

(April 9, 1927 – June 18, 2019)

OBITUARY: Cathy K. Iwai

IWAI, CATHY K., 70, of Honolulu, HI, passed away peacefully at home on April 7th, 2019. She was born in San Francisco, CA. She is survived by husband Brian, son Kelly (Kellie), and granddaughter Kenzie. Visitation 2:30 p.m.; Services: 3:30 p.m. on Sunday May 19th, 2019 at Nu’uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary, No Flowers, Casual […]

OBITUARY: Yasuyo “Susie” Niimoto

NIIMOTO, YASUYO “SUSIE,” 94, passed away on April 13, 2019 in San Jose. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she was in the carnation growing business in San Jose for 34 years. She loved to cook, golf and play cards with her friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike Yoshiaki Niimoto and survived by […]

OBITUARY: Warren Eijima

EIJIMA, WARREN, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on Jan. 7, 2019, with his children, Richard and Mary, at his side. He is survived by his sister, Hannah Hara (Roy Takeuchi) of San Jose, son Richard (Tami Suzuki), daughter Mary (Robert Kawano), and grandchildren, Riki and Tomi Eijima and Alex and […]

OBITUARY: Rosemary Shigeko Ito

ITO, ROSEMARY SHIGEKO, 82, of Monterey Park passed away at her home with her husband of 61 years at her side. She is survived by husband Willie Ito; sons Marc (Helen) Ito, Vincent (Michele) Ito, Matthew (Yvonne) Ito; daughter Sabrina (Jim) Kiilsgaard; grandchildren Tawny Contreras, Michael Ito, Sydney Ito, Corey Ito, Kayla Kiilsgaard, Kyle Kiilsgaard; […]

OBITUARY: Billy Kazuyoshi Hatano

HATANO, BILLY KAZUYOSHI, 86, passed away with his family by his side on March 6, 2017 in Sacramento, from a heart-related ailment. A 1949 graduate of Roseville High School, Billy lived a full life that included 34 years at the Sacramento Army Depot, diligently working from an entry level mail clerk to a computer systems […]

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