True Stories from Japan: Going Home to Kyushu After 100+ Years

Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog, True Stories from Japan

My husband and I visited Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu in October to explore and learn more about the hometowns of my husband’s grandparents. Like many third-generation Japanese Americans, Chuck knew little other than the prefectures from which his grandparents had emmigrated. Even his parents knew little, as their parents rarely talked about Japan. Luckily, we did have a copy of a koseki, or family registry, for his paternal grandfather. Exploring ship, immigration, marriage, and other records gave us hints of the hometowns and the names of his grandparents’ parents.

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True Stories from Japan: A Japanese Perspective on the DC Experience

Author: Ryosuke Kimura

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog, True Stories from Japan

I arrived in the United States for the first time expecting to obtain knowledge of the U.S.-Japan relationship from American perspectives, while also feeling concerned about how I would be viewed as a Japanese student. To make my one-year stay in Washington satisfactory, I read a plethora of books and papers on U.S.-Japan relations and believed that I was ready to expand on that knowledge. In short, the city of Washington, DC has more than lived up to my expectations.

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True Stories from Japan: A Wedding Invite Offers First Sign of Acceptance

Author: Hayley Aron

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog, True Stories from Japan

One day, a coworker asked if I wanted a ride to the wedding of Hidefumi-sensei, another one of our coworkers. To be honest, at the time, I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about. Nor did I know that Hidefumi-sensei was getting married, let alone had a girlfriend. Even more surprising was that I was told two days before the wedding.

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