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Mochi Making Then and Now

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NOW:As we near the end of the year and the beginning of a new year, many Japanese American organizations (churches, cultural centers and museums) sponsor programs relating to Oshogatsu (New Year as celebrated by Japanese). Programs abound featuring the preparation of the many traditional Oshogatsu foods, which includes the ...

Ono Family during World War II

A Sunday Drive - Mommy’s Birthday

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I imagine it was a beautifully clear December morning, our Mommy’s birthday, a “day of rest” Sunday, and a new Chevy coupe parked out in front on Geary Street!  Daddy didn’t need any more reasons to decide, “Let’s take a drive out to the country!”

All Mankind are Brothers (Alle Menschen Verden Bruder) - Part 2 of 2

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>> Part 1 July 10, 2009 – Bridging USA & Japan Concert – Walt Disney Concert HallThe choir reported to the Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) for the check-in process at 2:00 pm for the 8:00 pm concert. WHY?  We learned why. Can you imagine coordinating more than 380 choir singers, considering ...

All Mankind are Brothers (Alle Menschen Verden Bruder) - Part 1 of 2

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If you’ve read my previous article, Ode to Joy (An die Freude ) , you know that several hundred Japanese Nationals, Japanese Americans, and I joined a choir group to learn to sing the choral in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in German for a performance at the Disney Concert Hall.

ODE TO JOY (An die Freude)

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Are you familiar with Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony? If you think you’re not, listen to a recording by clicking on the YouTube video below and you’ll soon realize that you’ve heard it at some time in your life, even if you’re not fond of ...

Significant Signatures

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Most everyone has heard the phrase, “Put your John Hancock right here.” John Hancock, a key signatory of the Declaration of Independence, was remembered for his large and stylish signature and whose name has became synonymous for signature.

Amache Night

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I call this hauntingly provocative photograph from my Issei grandmother, Owai Okamura’s photograph album “Amache Night.” This is the only night scene of a War Relocation Authority camp that I’ve ever seen. I believe one of my uncles might have taken this photograph. As a child, I recall ...

CSI: Amache

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Borrowing from the title of popular television show, CSI: Miami, the term crime scene investigation could apply to the planned archaeological dig of Amache, one of ten concentration camps that was used to imprison America’s Japanese during WWII. This investigation will not seek out victims, suspects, motives, evidence and ...

ShastaYama 2007 - A Magical Experience

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ShastaYama (literally, Shasta mountain) is the name of the annual taiko festival held in the beautiful pine-forested town of Mount Shasta nestled at the base of the majestic Mt. Shasta. Mt. Shasta, at 14,162 feet, is often compared to Mt. Fuji for its similar spiritual beauty and size. Mt ...

ShastaYama 2007

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Photo essay of ShastaYama 2007 performances.

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