‘Before They Take Us Away’ tells the story of JAs during WWII that you may not be familiar with

The history of Japanese American incarceration isn’t as unknown or forgotten as it used to be. Many more people today know about how more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were sent to 10 concentration camps hastily built in inhospitable places in the American interior, away from their homes along the West Coast, during World […]

Recollections from Jerome and Rohwer

JEROME AND ROHWER: MEMORIES OF JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT IN WORLD WAR II ARKANSAS Edited by Waltar M. Imahara and David E. Meltzer (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2022, 256 pp., $29.95, hardcover) In 2002-2004, I was honored to serve with two distinguished historical colleagues, Roger Daniels and the late Franklin Odo, as a co-consultant for […]

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Marketing Coordinator and Special Projects at the Nichi Bei Foundation

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Marketing Coordinator and Special Projects at the Nichi Bei Foundation   POSITION: Full-time, non-exempt HOURS: 32 hours per week; must be available some evenings and weekends for events and meetings LOCATION: On-site, 1832 Buchanan Street, Suite 207, San Francisco Japantown COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience, includes health, dental, vision and 401(k) plan after probationary […]

Bachan’s: A special sauce that’s generations in the making

  You’ve probably seen Bachan’s Japanese Barbecue Sauce on the shelves at your local supermarket, packaged in a familiar looking chef’s squeeze bottle and labeled with a cheery hachimaki-wearing octopus. For the uninitiated, Bachan’s Japanese Barbecue Sauce (Original flavor) has a savory-sweet flavor, full of umami. With notes of ginger, garlic and green onion, the […]

The future of Okei’s gravestone

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — American River Conservancy is seeking public opinions about the future of Okei’s original gravestone. Every immigrant group coming to American shores faced tremendous obstacles in achieving their dreams of success. The Japanese immigrant story is no exception. Many began coming after the labor shortage caused by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. […]

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) […]


(April 9, 1927 – June 18, 2019)