Wife's family in Japan

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Because I have no family here—I’m here by myself—I have more interaction with her family because they’re the closest relatives. And so most of my time, family time, is spent with them. What surprised, I think, everyone is that the grandparents, the grandmother especially—you would think being old Japan and they would be very against marrying a foreigner—but the grandmother was probably the most supportive. Even though they're her family, I feel like they’re my family here also because I’m the only one here. I don’t feel like I’m isolated or a foreigner here. I don’t know if I’ll be here forever in Japan even though I built this place. But like I say, you make your life where you are, and you make it the best as possible.

Date: November 28, 2003
Location: Saga, Japan
Interviewer: Art Nomura
Contributed by: Art Nomura, Finding Home.

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