OBITUARY: Masami Miyamoto

MIYAMOTO, MASAMI, 85, passed away on September 20, 2014. He is survived by his wife Kazuko. Mr. Miyamoto was born in Fukuoka, Japan. His family immigrated to Oakland, Calif. soon after his birth. During the Second World War his family was interned at an internment camp for persons of Japanese ancestry in Topaz, Utah. After […]

Kyle Sayaka Fujiki Tana crowned 2014 Northern Calif. Cherry Blossom Queen

With cherry blossoms in bloom in San Francisco’s Japantown, the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival began April 12, and with it, the new queen’s court was named that evening during the queen program at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Emcees Jana Katsuyama, a KTVU reporter, and George Kiriyama, a former NBC Bay Area reporter, led the program, […]

NPS solicits public comment on the future of the Tule Lake Unit

The National Park Service held a planning meeting for the general public in San Francisco Japantown regarding the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The Sept. 19 meeting, held at Nihonmachi Terrace, is one of more than a dozen that were held along the West Coast, along […]

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was going nearly 40 mph too slow during descent to SFO

(Bay City News) — National Transportation Safety Board investigators on July 8 were interviewing the four pilots who were in the cockpit of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference in South San Francisco July 8 that the […]

FULL COUNT: Okajima debuts, most doing well, a handful in decline

Nearing the end of the second month of the season, Athletics fans finally got to see the return of lefty specialist Hideki Okajima on May 19 against the Kansas City Royals, two days after he was called up to Oakland. He faced five batters, allowing one walk, one hit, and no runs in his first […]

OBITUARY: Roger Otoji Shiozaki

SHIOZAKI, OTOJI ROGER, 90, Roger, a devoted husband and family man, passed away peacefully in Monterey, Calif. He was born Dec. 12, 1922, and died Feb. 8, 2013. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012 (12/12/12). Roger was a native of Monterey and a product of Monterey grade schools, Monterey High and Salinas […]

OBITUARY: William H. Kika

KIKA, WILLIAM H. passed away after a brief illness on December 25, 2011. He was 91 years young! Born Aug. 8, 1920. Beloved husband of the late Joan K. Kika. Loving father of Gerald, Cecilia (Keith) Candace & William A. (deceased). Cherished grandfather of Paul & Susie Terasaki, Brother Shorge (Kitty). He retired from the […]

“Miwa: A Japanese Icon” Tonight at the Castro

In Japan, Miwa Akihiro is a household name. The 76-year-old, openly gay, bleached blonde, drag queen, actor/author/singer is a regular face on Japanese television, known for making outrageous, cutting and (sometimes) insightful comments on news and culture. In the U.S., he is known mostly known for his film roles—playing the femme fatale in Kinji Fukusaku’s […]

What’s oppression of a minority in a world with no majority?

On March 4, CNN published a story that shocked me. The headline, both eye catching and ridiculous, read, “Are whites racially oppressed?” As Angry Asian Man said, “NO.” The article looks into what CNN calls “racial jujitsu,” whites adopting the language and protest tactics of an embattled minority group. They cite conservatives, like talk show […]

Fall of Japan? A look at 2010 and what it might spell for J-Pop around the world

So it’s another year, and while real life doesn’t actually revolve around the increment of 365 ¼ days, it’s good to know that we like to box everything into little categories. Ronald Kelts, author of Japanamerica, wrote last January that Japan may have jumped the shark: 2009 wasn’t such a hot year for them either, […]

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