Yoshie Akiba, once a Japanese war orphan, comes to America to pioneer one of the most famous jazz clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area
Yoshie Akiba was orphaned at age 6 during WWII in Japan. Throughout her life she has reached out to connect with people through dance and music. Her first husband fell in love with her dancing and brought her to America to study dance and music at Peabody Institute. Soon after she started Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Berkeley, CA to bring people together around jazz music. It took decades before the jazz club turned a profit, but Yoshie continued to fight to keep the jazz club in business, knowing that if she didn’t do it, no one else would.