Architect Gyo Obata, Founding Partner at HOK, Dies at 99


ST. LOUIS — Gyo Obata, FAIA, a world-renowned architect who cofounded HOK in 1955 with a vision for enhancing lives through building design, passed away on March 8, 2022. He was 99.

Bishop Diana Akiyama Breaking Ground for Asian American Women


Graphic Novel Recalls Experiences of 442nd RCT


Against the contemporary backdrop of the immigration debate and family separation, of nationality-based travel bans and ultimately, the debate over what it means to be a loyal American, a trio of Japanese American artists has created 442, a graphic novel that recounts the experiences of members of their families and …

Playwright Wakako Yamauchi, Remembered for And The Soul Shall Dance


Mifune Gets Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


Nearly 20 years after his passing, Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Philanthropist Tomoye Takahashi Dies at 100


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.

Buena Vista: Haven in the Desert Exhibit Covers 118 Years of Alameda History


At Buena Vista United Methodist Church’s annual Spring Bazaar, as you follow the delicious aroma of chicken teriyaki on the barbecue, be sure to find a special place to reflect on a century of Alameda history—Buena Vista: Haven in the Desert for 118 Years, a historical exhibit tucked away in …

Olympic Medalist Tommy Kono Dies at 85


Tommy Tamio Kono, who won three Olympic medals in weightlifting and became head coach of the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team, died on April 24, 2016, in Honolulu, according to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He was 85.

Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

William “Bill” Hiroshi Shishima


Bill Shishima grew up eating gohan along with lingua (tongue), seso (brain), and menudo (tripe soup). His father ran a grocery store near Olvera Street, in the Mexican American community of Los Angeles. The store was stocked with items such as chile and masa for tamales. In the store’s kitchen, …

Voices of the Volunteers: The Building Blocks of the Japanese American National Museum

James Michiya Yoshinaga


James Yoshinaga was born in 1929 in downtown Los Angeles as the eldest son of a mother from Fukuoka and a father from Kagoshima. His father was from a small land owning family in a farming village, and James’ family moved to Japan temporarily when he was three years old. …

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