Saturday, March 17, 2007
Caucasians Who Helped JAs During WWII Remembered

SAN JOSE — During the heat of World War II, there were courageous individuals who, in good conscience, understood the injustice perpetrated against Japanese Americans and stood by the victims, pushing for civil rights amidst an environment fraught with racism.
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Community Discussion on Planning Japantown's Future

A community discussion about planning for Japantown's future will be held on Wednesday, March 28, at the JCCCNC in San Francisco. Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will speak. Refreshments will be provided.
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SFRA Workshop on Certificate of Preference Program

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has issued the following notice, which is applicable to individuals and businesses that were evicted from Japantown due to redevelopment.
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Mikuni Restaurant Celebrates 20th Year

Sacramento’s popular Mikuni restaurant, which now has five locations, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a bang. On the night of Jan. 30 at the Empire Club in downtown Sacramento, about 550 people gathered for the celebration, titled “Exotic Sushi Night.”
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Family Caregiver Educational Workshops

Kimochi Inc., 1715 Buchanan St., San Francisco, will offer a series of free family caregiver educational workshops. The schedule is as follows...
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‘American Pastime’ on DVD

“American Pastime,” which is being shown in San Francisco and San Jose as part of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, will be released on DVD by Warner Home Video on May 22.
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SFIAAFF Actors, Filmmakers to Attend After Party/Fundraiser in Japantown

Several of the best-known artists attending the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival will appear at an after-party and fundraiser on Saturday, March 17, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Dot Bar in the Miyako Hotel, to show their support for Asian Pacific American political empowerment.
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Mary Sano's 10th Anniversary

The Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing, 245 5th St. at Howard Street, Studio 314, in San Francisco, will hold several events this spring to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. The schedule is as follows...
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New Piece by June Watanabe

A piece by Bay Area-based choreographer June Watanabe will be featured in Li Chiao-Ping Dance’s production of “Home Works,” a program of new and recent contemporary dance works to be held Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, at 8 p.m. at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley.
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The Gloria Monday at Ireland's 32

The Gloria Monday, a new indie jazz pop band from Oakland, Berkeley and New Orleans will perform original music on Tuesday, March 20, at 9 p.m. at Ireland’s 32 in San Francisco’s Richmond District.
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Bonsai Society Sale in Golden Gate Park

The Bonsai Society of San Francisco will hold a bonsai and bonsai-related material sale on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the recreation room and patio of the Hall of Flowers, located at the corner of Lincoln Way and 9th Avenue in Golden Gate Park.
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Friday, March 16, 2007
Profiles of JA Delegates to Japan

As part of an annual program, 13 Japanese American leaders from across the country visited Japan to exchange information and views with leaders in politics, business and other fields. The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation’s...
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San Jose J-Town Remembers Internment

Scenes from the annual Day of Remembrance program held on Feb. 18 at San Jose Betsuin Annex.
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Sachiko Collection Benefit for Stockton YBA

Stockton Buddhist Temple’s Young Buddhist Association will sponsor a special fundraiser featuring Sachiko Collection’s spring fashion, designed by Sachiko Tabata Fitzpatrick, on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday and Monday, April 1-2, at the temple.
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Dharma School Teachers League’s Conference in Sac’to

The Federation of Dharma School Teachers Conference League will present its 56th annual conference at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento, from Friday to Sunday, April 27-29. The conference theme is “Dharma for Dummies II.”
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Keiko Matsui in Fairfield, Oakland

Jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui will perform at two Northern California venues in March and April to support her new CD, “Moyo” (Heart and Soul), scheduled for release next month on the Sony Wonder label. The venues are as follows...
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Japanese Bands at Bottom of the Hill

Two Japanese bands will perform at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, on Thursday, March 22. Metal Chicks, a two-girl metal-dance band featuring Sugar Yoshinaga of Buffalo Daughter and Yuka Yoshimura of OOIOO, will headline the show.
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Thursday, March 15, 2007
NJAHS to Recognize Notable Nisei

The National Japanese American Historical Society will celebrate the contributions, sacrifices and spirit of the Nisei generation at its annual dinner on Saturday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at the Miyako Hotel, Post and Laguna in San Francisco. “We wanted to honor this great...
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Senior Care Resource Fair in Fresno

FRESNO – The Central California Nikkei Foundation will present the Senior Resource Fair VII on Saturday, March 31 at the Fresno Buddhist Church Annex. Co-sponsored by the church, CCNF/Nikkei Service Center, and United Japanese Christian Church, the free...
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JA Leaders Visit Japan

As a joint project with the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited to Japan a group of 13 Japanese Americans who play leading roles in such fields as business, public organizations, education and the arts.
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Panel Selects Corporation Yard Developer

SAN JOSE — First Community Housing/Williams & Dame Development has been recommended by the Japantown Developer Selection Panel to move into an exclusive negotiations agreement for the development of the Japantown Corporation Yard and...
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Spring Teriyaki Dinner

MARYSVILLE — Marysville Buddhist Church, located at 125 B St., will hold its 2007 Spring Teriyaki Steak and Chicken Dinner on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18, from 5 to 7 p.m. (take-out from 4 p.m.).
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Ikuo Hirayama's Works at Clark Center

Hanford’s Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture will present “Tracing the Silk Road with Ikuo Hirayama: Legacies of East-West Cultural Exchange,” the first-ever American exhibition of the paintings of Professor Ikuo Hirayama, from March 27 through May 19.
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Kabuki Group's April Meeting

Every first Sunday of the month, the San Mateo Kabuki Group watches a kabuki video at the Japanese American Community Center, 415 S. Claremont St. On April 1 at 1:30 p.m., the play is “Chikagoro Kawara no Tatehiki,” also often referred to as “Oshun-Denbei.”
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LTC Ends One Year, Starts Another

The Ladies’ Tee Club held the first tournament of the year at San Jose Municipal Golf Course in January, and there was no demonstration of rust among the winners of the event. Jean Shimada and Mary Hiromoto tied for field low net scores when each posted net 66s.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007
JCCCNC Receives Wells Fargo Grant

The JCCCNC is the recipient of a $2,500 Asian Connection Bay Area 2007 Community Award grant. The grant — presented by the Wells Fargo Foundation, Asian Connection Bay Area and Candace Chong Fukuda — was awarded to 10 Bay Area non-profit...
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KQED Seeking ‘Local Hero’ Nominations

The deadline for submitting “Local Hero” nominations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May) has been extended to Friday, March 16, announced KQED in San Francisco. Every year, KQED-TV (Channel 9) broadcasts brief profiles of “Local Heroes” from...
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Cherry Blossom Festival Names Grand Marshal

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival has selected Susumu Saiki as the grand marshal for the festival’s 40th anniversary. Saiki, pictured playing the taiko at the 2005 Bon Odori at Buddhist Church of San Francisco, has been involved with the festival since the very first...
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Anti-Trafficking Campaign Starts

The Asian Anti-Trafficking Collaborative on March 8 launched a citywide campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking in San Francisco. Funded by the city’s Department on the Status of Women, AATC’s “Human Trafficking Happens” campaign features bus shelter posters...
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Wakida Leaves Heyday Books

BERKELEY — Patricia Wakida has stepped down as development director of Heyday Books, effective Feb. 28. She will be working on a biography of the late Shigeyoshi Murao, co-owner of City Lights bookstore in San Francisco’s North Beach, recently described as...
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‘Pure Beauty’ Author to Speak at USF, UCB

Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain will discuss her book Pure Beauty: Judging Race in Japanese American Beauty Pageants (University of Minnesota Press) at three Bay Area locations this month.
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Voice of Mako Featured in Animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie

“TMNT” (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), a computer-animated film to be released on March 23 by Warner Bros., includes one of actor Mako’s final performances. Mako, a veteran of stage, screen and television, died in July 2006 at the age of 72. At last month’s Academy Awards...
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Saxophonist Ben Kenmotsu at Benicia Library

BENICIA — Jazz saxophonist Ben Kenmotsu and his quartet will perform on Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at Benicia Public Library. Born in Stockton, Kenmotsu first learned music in the public schools, starting on clarinet in the fourth grade. He switched to alto sax...
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EBGAL Presents Sportsmanship Awards

The East Bay Girls Athletic League held its season-ending tournament on Feb. 24 and 25. The game results were printed in the Hokubei Mainichi’s March 10 issue. Team champions are as follows...
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Chiyo Grace Kawaguchi, 93, resident of San Francisco, died peacefully on March 6, 2007.

Loving mother to sons Michi (June) Kawaguchi and Yuki Kawaguchi; devoted grandmother to Michael (Sherry) Kawaguchi and Lisa (Eddie) Hsia; great-grandmother to Kristopher Kawaguchi, Brynna and Jalen Hsia; and dear sister to Haruyo Matsuo. Also survived by sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, from 1 p.m. at Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English Inc., 1123 Sutter St., San Francisco.


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