RIP James Kogura

I learned recently that James Kogura passed away in November of 2013.

James Shunji Kogura
Dec. 4, 1926 ~ Nov. 26, 2013
Resident of San Jose
Born in San Jose to Kohei and Hatsuyo Kogura, James attended Grant Elementary and Peter Burnett Jr. High. He was relocated with his family to the Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona before returning to San Jose’s Japantown. James was dedicated to his family, as well as to Kogura Company, the only Japantown business that existed prior to WWII. He worked almost every day of his life, except for the days where he enjoyed time with his friends and family.
James is survived by his wife of 60 years, Toshiko (aka Tee), son Richard (Cindy), daughters Patty and Carolyn, grandson Jimi, granddaughters Tracie and Julie, great granddaughter Adelaine, granddog Mugs, and many more “Kogura” family members, including the families of his sisters, Chiye (late Herb) Takeda and Francis (Henry) Watanabe and late sisters, Kazu (late Mits) Kumamoto, Aki (late Ed) Yoshioka and Grace (late Tachi) Kogura.
A Memorial Service will be held at the San Jose Buddhist Temple on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

His business on Jackson street was a fixture on Jackson street for many years. I fondly remember my late wife, Toshiko, going into the store every year just before New Years to buy a supply of candles for her butsudan.


Wenzhou Noodle House enters construction phase


Shoppers at the Sunday Farmers’ Market in San Jose’s Japantown were treated to a surprise on February 10, when they saw a wall-sized poster adorning the long-vacant Ken Ying Low building on North Sixth Street.


Carol Chen, the owner and developer of the new restaurant Wenzhou Noodles, has apparently received OK from the city of San Jose to begin work restoring the ancient, history-soaked structure. A plywood wall now separates the doorway from the street, in order to enable security on the site. And instead of presenting a plain plywood wrapper, she created a large graphic describing her new business. For details, check out our earlier article Wenzhou Noodle house embraces local history.