Peter Mizuki

Sansei Japanese American living in Japan and Kendo practioner

Visiting Japan to study kendo Japanese wife with American citizenship Appreciation of Japanese food Not wanting to stand out as a foreigner Japan vs. Tulsa Oklahoma

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Peter Mizuki, a Sansei, was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. As a child he helped in his family’s lumber business and was involved with the Japanese martial art of kendo. Later, while a student at the University of Washington, he was one of the founding members of the Kendo Club. As his interest in Japanese culture developed, he traveled to Japan on a cultural visa to learn Japanese and continue his study of kendo. There, he met his wife in Kyoto. He now has two sons, is a permanent resident of Japan, and continues to practice kendo and teach English part-time at universities. In his interview, Peter shares his experiences of being a Japanese American in Japan and the struggles he’s endured to be accepted by Japanese society. (2005)

FindingHome Kendo citizenship language food identity migration Japan

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