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  • Woman’s Love of Taiko Drumming Leads to Popular Mural Cat Character

    by - Jan 25, 2017
    By John Sammon NikkeiWest Staff Writer It’s too early to say if the character “Taiko Cat” will result in a new career for Yurika Chiba as an animator, but she said the painted cat’s emergence as...
  • Japan Counsel General Aide Advisor Tasaka Ends Term, Gives Thanks to Many Friends

    by - Jan 24, 2017
    By John Sammon NikkeiWest Staff Writer Very few people have had such a profound influence in developing economic opportunity and cultural understanding between Japan and the United States as has Yoshiro Tasaka. San Francisco Japanese Consulate...
  • Obituary Announcement

    by - Dec 1, 2016
    Yuriko Lily “Yuri” Torigoe, long-time resident of San Jose, California, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 1, at the age of 96.  She was a piano teacher, church organist/pianist, and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was...
  • Woman Uses Artistry to Tell Story of Internment Suffering

    by - Oct 20, 2016
    By John Sammon Judy Shintani is an artist of rare talent. Able to assemble actual artifacts collected from a former concentration camp that once housed Japanese Americans during World War II, her sculptures not only teach...
  • War Brides Fought Stigma, Racism

    by - Sep 19, 2016
    By John Sammon The Japanese women who met and married American servicemen on occupation duty in Japan after the close of World War II faced duel heartbreaks, ostracized by their own countrymen, and then migrating to...
  • Man Preserves Tradition with Music

    by - Aug 19, 2016
    By John Sammon Michael Yoshihara said one of the greatest pleasures in playing Japanese American jazz and pop music at the Obon Festival in addition to the joy it provides the spectators, is the knowledge that...
  • Artist Breathes New Life into Disney Icons

    by - Aug 19, 2016
    By John Sammon Because of his skill and artistry, Kenny Yamada is able to portray Walt Disney characters in new poses and situations and thus breathe new life into iconic figures beloved by the American public...
  • Philanthropist Tomoye Takahashi Dies at 100

    by - Jun 12, 2016
    Tomoye “Tami” Takahashi, co-founder and owner of the Takahashi Trading Company. passed away peacefully on June 4, just short of turning 101 years old. Tomoye was known by many as a walking encyclopedia and had a...
  • Man Overcame Racism to Become Racing Legend

    by - Dec 17, 2015
    By John Sammon Kenny Hirata will tell you the most important thing to becoming a great race car driver is to concentrate, concentrate—on winning. “When that light turns green, if you don’t jump on it, you’ll...
  • Memorial Planned to Commemorate Tanforan Site

    by - Nov 12, 2015
    By John Sammon Most people who stop in at a shopping center in San Bruno titled “The Shops at Tanforan” are unaware the site was once a scene of wrenching heartbreak, people who had lost everything...