Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan



Notable Japanese Americans

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The 46th elementary school opening early next year in Chula Vista with a 47.5 million dollar budget will bear Saburo Muraoka’s name. I thought the case might be the first public school built in honor of a Japanese American immigrant, unprecedented for Japanese Americans.

Nikkei Chronicles #5—Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Minato Gakuen Now

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The Class of 2016 graduating from Minato Gakuen was congratulated once in San Diego in mid-March and again in Kyoto in early April. Here’s chapter and verse of the life spanning story and the fruits of the concerted service and dedication of all those parties involved.


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"Painted My Way"—Henry Fukuhara, A True Artist

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          Shadow of the distant pass;          Their memories still last          Manzanar: Monument of Tears.          Ignorance and pseudo-fears;          A wrong that can’t be made right;          A blindness for lack of sight;    …

Voluntary Evacuation

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“Attempted but failed” was my understanding of the voluntary evacuation efforts by the Japanese Americans when Japan declared war against the Allied Forces in attacking Pearl Harbor.

Revisiting Balboa Park Japanese Friendship Garden

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I wish to dedicate this article to: Will Hippen, Jr., Clara Breed, Marge Wells, Mark Umemura, Ken Takada, Denny Ikeda, and George Woodworth. Recently, I had the chance to re-visit the Balboa Park Japanese Friendship Garden. I tried to rely on my memory to find the entrance from the Organ Pavilion, …

Imamura Church

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Edson Aoki, a Japanese Brazilian, whom I just got to know, visited Tachiarai1, Fukuoka recently. Tachiarai, easily reachable by train from Kurume (20 km further inland) or Fukuoka Tenjin Station, is a quiet rural country with rice paddies. We can’t imagine what it looked like during World War II. Tachiarai …

Japanese Drifters to Mexico

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Captain Jukichi’s Diary led me to the tale of Zensuke, another sea captain of the ship Eijyumaru, a vessel boastfully designated as “Sengokubune,” or One Thousand Koku boat (see previous post “Trip to Discover Kyoto History” regarding definition of “koku,” a unit of volume), measuring roughly 15 meters long, single-masted, …

Samurai Missionary

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I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

The Washugyu Dream Venture

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Ever heard of Washoku? It’s a culinary and cultural tradition of Japanese dishes now quietly prevailing worldwide. If you know Washoku, then Wagyu may not sound peculiar.

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Life-time member of Japanese American
Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD).
Distinguished Toastmaster, a non-profit
Toastmaster International Organization.
Translator of Joanne Oppenheim's "Dear
Miss Breed" (Scholastic) into Japanese.
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