Sarah Sakurazawa

Multimedia Journalist (and dancer)

Plunging into projects with enthusiasm, Sarah writes about adventures in food and travel, agriculture and ayurveda. She worked as an editor at The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald, Phoenix Magazine, The Arizona Republic and Phoenix New Times. Her first book took her into the world of competitive canning, hen washing and barrel racing … and proved as fun (and daunting) as diving into Lake Powell.

On assignment at Lake Powell in Arizona, Sarah dives into a deep inlet.

Photo by Ravell Call / Deseret Daily News

Blue Ribbon Stories

Story Site

Preserving the heart of fair, farm and food heritage


Flying Elephant Source

Story Site

How modern people use ancient ayurveda to
transform their lives


Cassill Artwork

Virtual Art Gallery

A virtual art gallery of my parents’ artwork – two 20th-century printmakers in the lineage of a legendary mentor and a press from Picasso’s Paris days


A Strength Supreme: When Stubborn Elders Resist Safety Concerns

AARP

This essay won a contest sponsored by AARP and the Asian American Journalists Association seeking stories about the Asian-American experience in elder caregiving.


Veterans Raising Veggies and Job Skills

The Week

First-of-its-kind program teaches vets to farm and feed other vets


Healing with horse therapy

The Week

Researchers seek hope for veterans through equine therapy.


Lessons Learned at the Fair

The Seattle Times

You can discover a lot about pies, piggies and persistence at a country fair.


An Old-Fashioned Plowing Match

KUOW

This story takes you to the oldest plowing match in the United States.


R2D2 Goes to the Farm

KUOW

How robotic milking is changing the dairy industry


Healing Hidden Wounds

KUOW

How equine therapy can help veterans with PTSD


The Nowhere Kids

KUOW

New foster-care program eases children’s transition to new lives


Sowing seeds of peace

KUOW

Driven out by a racist riot 100 years ago, Sikh farmers plant new roots


Divided We Stand: Covering tough talk, taunts and baby-signing at #TrumpinLynden

KUOW

I was assigned to live tweet a raucous 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign rally in tiny, bucolic
Lynden, Wash.


Descent into the Grand Canyon

New York Newsday

Peering over the brink of the Grand Canyon, I feel a twinge of “whose idea was this?” as a friend
points out a tiny gray-green thread across a distant mesa. “That’s the trail,” he says.


Missile museum launches a family’s tour of Tucson’s past and future

Arizona Highways

At the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Ariz., a nine-story silo houses a 333,000-pound missile
that could launch in one minute and wipe out a large city – though what most impressed our kids
was that “Star Trek: First Contact” was filmed there.


Natural Balance: A week at two Tucson spas restores the mind, body and soul

Phoenix Magazine

An initiation into the world of wellness retreats, where inner being takes as much priority as inner
thighs.


Over the top: Salish Lodge offers spectacular views and world-class relaxing

Whatcom Magazine

This renowned resort combines a heady mix of close-to-nature comfort and outdoor pursuits with
utterly urbane polish as in fabulous food, bend-over-backward service (including a staff
horticulturalist) and an award-winning spa.


Water, water, everywhere: Lake Powell is a dammed good place to float your boat

Phoenix Magazine

“If only California would fall into the ocean,” goes Arizona’s mantra, “we’d have paradise.” Until
the Big One hits, we have Lake Powell: 2 trillion gallons of cold, clear Colorado River water dammed
into the second-largest manmade lake in the world.


Great escapes: Mesa Verde

Phoenix Magazine

Kids can clamber up ladders of lashed-together branches, scramble over thousand-year-old cliff
paths, and plumb the depths of a reconstructed kiva in an engrossing combo of hide-and-seek and
history.


The great escape

The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald

Messes and meals are moms’ normal purview. But for one brief and shining moment known as
Mother’s Day, it’s payback time – preferably in the form of all-out pampering.


“Farewell, Shikata Ga Nai”

Choreography by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor

A grant funded performances in six Seattle-area schools of this piece about the World War II
Japanese-American incarceration camp experience.


“For the API Women Who Made Us”

Choreography by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor

This dance asked us to honor the immigrant women whose unsung courage and determination
shaped our lives.


“From Issei to Rokusai”

Choreography by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor

Group piece performed on Zoom as part of the 50 th -anniversary celebration of Densho.org, an online
archive documenting the World War II Japanese-American incarceration experience. Our
performance helped raise $1 million for the non-profit.


A Strength Supreme: When Stubborn Elders Resist Safety Concerns

AARP

This essay won a contest sponsored by AARP and the Asian American Journalists Association seeking stories about the Asian-American experience in elder caregiving.


Veterans Raising Veggies and Job Skills

The Week

First-of-its-kind program teaches vets to farm and feed other vets


Healing with horse therapy

The Week

Researchers seek hope for veterans through equine therapy.


Lessons Learned at the Fair

The Seattle Times

You can discover a lot about pies, piggies and persistence at a country fair.


Descent into the Grand Canyon

New York Newsday

Peering over the brink of the Grand Canyon, I feel a twinge of “whose idea was this?” as a friend
points out a tiny gray-green thread across a distant mesa. “That’s the trail,” he says.


Missile museum launches a family’s tour of Tucson’s past and future

Arizona Highways

At the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, Ariz., a nine-story silo houses a 333,000-pound missile
that could launch in one minute and wipe out a large city – though what most impressed our kids
was that “Star Trek: First Contact” was filmed there.


Natural Balance: A week at two Tucson spas restores the mind, body and soul

Phoenix Magazine

An initiation into the world of wellness retreats, where inner being takes as much priority as inner
thighs.


Over the top: Salish Lodge offers spectacular views and world-class relaxing

Whatcom Magazine

This renowned resort combines a heady mix of close-to-nature comfort and outdoor pursuits with
utterly urbane polish as in fabulous food, bend-over-backward service (including a staff
horticulturalist) and an award-winning spa.


Water, water, everywhere: Lake Powell is a dammed good place to float your boat

Phoenix Magazine

“If only California would fall into the ocean,” goes Arizona’s mantra, “we’d have paradise.” Until
the Big One hits, we have Lake Powell: 2 trillion gallons of cold, clear Colorado River water dammed
into the second-largest manmade lake in the world.


Great escapes: Mesa Verde

Phoenix Magazine

Kids can clamber up ladders of lashed-together branches, scramble over thousand-year-old cliff
paths, and plumb the depths of a reconstructed kiva in an engrossing combo of hide-and-seek and
history.


The great escape

The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald

Messes and meals are moms’ normal purview. But for one brief and shining moment known as
Mother’s Day, it’s payback time – preferably in the form of all-out pampering.


Blue Ribbon Stories

Story Site

Preserving the heart of fair, farm and food heritage


Flying Elephant Source

Story Site

How modern people use ancient ayurveda to
transform their lives


Cassill Artwork

Virtual Art Gallery

A virtual art gallery of my parents’ artwork – two 20th-century printmakers in the lineage of a legendary mentor and a press from Picasso’s Paris days


An Old-Fashioned Plowing Match

KUOW

This story takes you to the oldest plowing match in the United States.


R2D2 Goes to the Farm

KUOW

How robotic milking is changing the dairy industry


Healing Hidden Wounds

KUOW

How equine therapy can help veterans with PTSD


The Nowhere Kids

KUOW

New foster-care program eases children’s transition to new lives


Sowing seeds of peace

KUOW

Driven out by a racist riot 100 years ago, Sikh farmers plant new roots


Divided We Stand: Covering tough talk, taunts and baby-signing at #TrumpinLynden

KUOW

I was assigned to live tweet a raucous 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign rally in tiny, bucolic
Lynden, Wash.


“Farewell, Shikata Ga Nai”

Choreography by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor

A grant funded performances in six Seattle-area schools of this piece about the World War II
Japanese-American incarceration camp experience.


“For the API Women Who Made Us”

Choreography by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor

This dance asked us to honor the immigrant women whose unsung courage and determination
shaped our lives.


“From Issei to Rokusai”

Choreography by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor

Group piece performed on Zoom as part of the 50 th -anniversary celebration of Densho.org, an online
archive documenting the World War II Japanese-American incarceration experience. Our
performance helped raise $1 million for the non-profit.