Chester Sakamoto

Chester Sakamoto is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and avid reader. A 26-year-old native of Los Angeles, he is currently in pursuit of an M.A. in English with an emphasis in American Literature. He enjoys singing, food, cinema, and frequent trips to independent bookstores.

Updated July 2015

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Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest II

Both Alike in Dignity

It wasn’t like Mr. Muncznik to get lost. Then again, his mind wasn’t what it used to be.

Every Sunday, he would take the bus to visit his old friend, Berek, in Pasadena. On this particular Sunday, however, his mind had slipped, causing him to get off far earlier than he anticipated. Now, he found himself wandering the streets of Little Tokyo.

Despite the fact that he was lost, Mr. Muncznik delighted in the sights with a kind of fascination. In the nearly sixty years he’d lived in Los Angeles, it was seldom that he ever ventured much farther than …

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Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest

Nihonmachi Serenade

Prologue: September 14, 1992 

I am often drawn back to places that hold a sentimental value for me. That being said, I had not been to Little Tokyo in years, but when I read in the paper that a new museum was opening to honor the legacy of Japanese Americans, I made it a point to pay it a visit.

The Japanese American National Museum was housed in the Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple building on First Street and Central Avenue. The temple had served as a place of worship for a good forty-five years before becoming a local landmark …

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