J.K. ヤマモト

(J.K. Yamamoto)

J.K. Yamamoto has worked for Pacific Citizen in Los Angeles (1984-87) and Hokubei Mainichi in San Francisco (1987-2009), and has been a reporter for Rafu Shimpo since 2010. He has written for other community newspapers, including NikkeiWest in Northern California.

Updated January 2017

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OBITUARY: Chiyomi Ogawa, Central Figure in Six Weddings and a Dress

Chiyomi Ogawa, whose life story was told in the exhibit and documentary Six Weddings and a Dress, passed away on June 10 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was 97.

Born on March 9, 1924 on Terminal Island to Tomitaro and Fumi Marumoto, she was the eldest of five children. She had two brothers, Kats and N…


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End of An Era in Santa Monica

Nikkei Hall sold, proceeds used for community grants.

The Santa Monica Nikkei Hall, once the hub of Santa Monica’s Japanese American community, has been sold by its three remaining officers.

Located at 1413 Michigan Ave., the one-story building was designed in 1957 by architect Y. Tom Makino (1907-1992) a…


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Wakatsuki: The Next Generation

Grand niece of Farewell to Manzanar author has ‘dream job’ at Minidoka site.

The Wakatsuki name is inextricably linked with the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.

In her 1973 memoir, Farewell to Manzanar, co-written with her husband James, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston recounts her …


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Wall’s Message to Vietnam Vets: ‘Welcome Home’

GARDENA — “The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was displayed from April 4 to 8 in Gardena’s Mas Fukai Park.

The park was open 24 hours a day for those who wished to pay their respects, including friends and relatives of some of the 58,318 …


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NEW CAST, NEW ENERGY: Rehearsals under way for L.A. production of “Allegiance”

With rehearsals in full swing, the cast of the Los Angeles production of Allegiance met with local media on Feb. 8 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

Directed by Snehal Desai, producing artistic director of East West Players, the musical will begin previews on Feb. 21 and officially open on …