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August 29, 2002
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Aaron Peirsol, the 200-meter backstroke world-record holder and former Newport Harbor High standout, captured his second gold medal for the U.S. team in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Wednesday. His younger sister, Hayley, who will be a senior at Newport Harbor High, also medaled. She earned a bronze medal, after finishing in 8:32.27 in the 800 freestyle. Aaron Peirsol, who is bound for the University of Texas, won the 200 backstroke (1:56.
NEWS
July 10, 2004
Emiko Schowengerdt doesn't like to talk much about her contributions to the Costa Mesa Senior Center, but that's about the only thing she won't talk about. The Japanese native isn't shy about sharing her opinions, whether it's about life in Missouri, her religious faith, or the joys of playing bingo at the center. And she's also quick to point out her correct age -- it's 71 1/2, she'll remind you. She sat down with the Daily Pilot's Jeff Benson at the Costa Mesa Senior Center to talk about life in another country and here in Orange County.
SPORTS
August 12, 2007
BANGKOK, Thailand — Former UC Irvine All-American David Smith had 11 kills to help the U.S. men's volleyball team earn a hard-fought 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24 victory over Japan Saturday in pool play at the Summer World University Games. Smith, a middle blocker who helped UCI win the program's first NCAA championship in May, was one of four U.S. players to post double digit scoring with 12 points on 11 kills and one block. Smith's 11 kills was a personal best in three matches at the World University Games.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 12, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Joe Ozaki of Japan played in the first round of the Toshiba Classic Friday not knowing his family’s status after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit his homeland the night before. He figured they’d be OK because someone would’ve gotten in touch with him if there was trouble. Ozaki, whose home is in Tokyo, spoke with his wife, Yoshie, Friday night, helping him put his mind at ease. It also helped him make a jump from tied for 15 th to tied for third after a second-round best 7-under-par 64 Saturday at Newport Beach Country Club.
NEWS
May 2, 2001
WATANABE SAYLES-NAKAMURA Theresa Watanabe Sayles of Costa Mesa and Kenji Nakamura of Japan exchanged vows Feb. 17 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. The bride is the daughter of Janet Marie Ghiselin, and she graduated from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa. The bruncheon wedding was attended by a small group of friends and family. The bride and groom met while the bride was living in Hawaii, where she worked for S. Ferragamo/Maui. The groom is the son of Takeshi and Kazu Nakumura of Osaka, Japan, and he is a global accountant manager of DHL in Tokyo.
NEWS
December 23, 1999
Story by Noaki Schwartz; photo by Sean Hiller HE IS A cyber sushi chef. SERVING UP SMILES Sakamoto serves up sushi at Ooiso, a Japanese restaurant in Costa Mesa. The 32-year-old has been slicing the fishy delicacies for more than three years. He first came to the restaurant and began to train, when the original sushi chef decided to quit. It took Sakamoto one month to learn the basics and another six to expand his technique, he said.
NEWS
By Sherry Marron | December 8, 2008
The United States had been trying, for several years, to stay out of the European conflict that began in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland. In fact, since the Great War (as World War I was originally called), the leading powers of the world sought to avoid war at all cost. In 1928, for example, 50 nations signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war and encouraged all nations to settle their differences peacefully. This was the mindset of Neville Chamberlain, prime minister of Great Britain, when he went to negotiate a peace with Hitler in 1938.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
EDITOR'S NOTE: As of today, it has been 57 years since World War II came to an end. But while that was nearly six decades ago, it remains fresh in our minds, now more than ever after the events of Sept. 11. Most often when we discuss World War II, we recall the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust and the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. But we don't often mark the official end of the war, Aug. 14, 1945 -- V-J Day (Victory over Japan)
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 18, 2011
"And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. " — I Kings 19:12 (KJV) Recently, I've answered many questions from readers about God and evil. Many people wanted to know how a good and powerful God could be reconciled with the profound and proliferating instances of evil in the world. Now, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has sent shudders across our planet — and our lives — putting a bloody edge to such agonizing questions about God and goodness.
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July 10, 2013
UTSUNOMIYA, Japan - Taylor Sparks, making his first start of the series against the Japan National Team, drove in three runs on three hits to lead the Collegiate National Team to an 8-2 win Wednesday. Sparks, who went three for five and scored three runs, kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first with a two-out, bases-loaded single to put Team USA ahead, 2-0. He would eventually cross the plate as an unearned run to cap a four-run first. The UCI standout figured in the scoring again in the third after posting his second hit of the night and scoring on a bloop single by Grayson Greiner (South Carolina)
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NEWS
May 4, 2012
Albert Henry Hollister November 30, 1919 - April 11, 2012 Joyce Lee Hollister June 7, 1920 - August 2, 2008 LtCol Al Hollister, USMCR was born in Pasadena, CA to parents John Isaac and Charlotte Hollister. The family moved to Ontario, CA during the 'great depression'. Joyce was born in Ontario to parents Verne and Tilla Lee. They met in high school and both graduated from Chaffey College in 1938. Al joined the Naval Aviation Cadet program, completing flight training at NAS Jacksonville and Miami, FL. After receiving his wings and a commission as a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps he proceeded to Ontario to marry Joyce on June 12, 1942, beginning a lifelong partnership lasting 66 years.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
Jack Butefish August 17, 1932 to January 30, 2012 Jack Butefish passed away from Parkinson's Disease at Silverado Residence in Newport Beach California on Monday morning. Jack was raised by Clinton and Margaret Butefish who came to California from Kansas and were successful in the post WWII baby store business. Jack worked in their stores as a child and then, as his height soared to 6'7”, he excelled as an athlete at Inglewood High School.  When he and his friends went down to the train station in LA to enlist in the Korean War, his height caused him to be sent home because “he couldn't fit into the uniforms and beds”.
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By Jim de Boom | September 20, 2011
On Wednesday night,16 members of the Rotary Club of Okazaki South, from Newport Beach's sister city in Japan, will attend the Newport-Balboa meeting at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar. Also attending will be Newport Beach Mayor Michael Henn and other community dignitaries, including 10 representatives of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn. and representatives from District 5320. On Thursday, the Okazaki Rotarians will visit the Newport Beach Central Library, where Newport Beach Sunrise President Cynthia Cowell will take them on a tour as the library's director of library services.
SPORTS
By Tish Venturini-Hoch | July 17, 2011
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tish Venturini-Hoch was a member of the U.S. women's soccer team that won the first gold medal in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also a member of the U.S. team that won the World Cup in 1999. She is a Costa Mesa resident. I must say congratulations to Japan on its first World Cup title and for an incredible tournament.  The Japan team played with such skill, heart and class, and most importantly gave its country hope and something to cheer for in such tough times.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | April 20, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the day Leeza Gibbons will be in Orange County. The Philharmonic Society of Orange County in association with Soka University hosted a Cherry Blossom Celebration at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court. The traditional Japanese custom of hanami or flower viewing is held for a few very brief weeks when the petals of the cherry blossoms (sakura) explode on the trees and then gently float to the ground. This season the event carried very special meaning in light of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
NEWS
April 18, 2011
UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts on Friday raised $4,350 through a concert to benefit the Japan tsunami efforts. The school organized a one-night-only classical and jazz music concert to raise money for the American Red Cross' Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The concert was organized by alumna Shoko Fukumara with the help of fellow alumni, students and staff. Former and current students performed. Jazz pianist and Chancellor's Professor Kei Akagi did the featured performance.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 26, 2011
COSTA MESA — When Aidan Rowe, 8, had his birthday last week, he decided some things were more important than presents. For his March 20 party, he asked his second-grade classmates at the Waldorf School in Costa Mesa to give him donations for the relief efforts in Japan. Over the past week, he's raised more than $1,000 with the help of his friends and their families. When asked why he wanted to help, the Newport Beach youngster said, "Since the tsunami and the earthquake … and since I like Japan a lot. " His mother, Chiyo Rowe, said that because the children learn Japanese in school, many of them feel a close connection to Japan.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | March 18, 2011
"And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. " — I Kings 19:12 (KJV) Recently, I've answered many questions from readers about God and evil. Many people wanted to know how a good and powerful God could be reconciled with the profound and proliferating instances of evil in the world. Now, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has sent shudders across our planet — and our lives — putting a bloody edge to such agonizing questions about God and goodness.
NEWS
March 16, 2011
A Newport Beach-based group is organizing a March 27 fundraiser to benefit victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Organizers said in a news release that they will donate 100% of the proceeds to the American Red Cross of Orange County's Japanese relief efforts from OC 4 Japan at the 8Eighty8 Night Club, 4647 MacArthur Blvd. From 7 to 11 p.m. Thrasher and DJ O.N.E. will provide live entertainment, while attendees can participate in a raffle and silent auction, the release said.
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