The origin of name Kishi Bashi

The origin of name Kishi Bashi His Shin-Issei parents On being Japanese and American On his songfilm Omoiyari The reason for creating the songflim Omoiyari On music

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My real name is Kaoru Ishibashi and I was born in Seattle. Kaoru is really hard to pronounce for a lot of Americans so…the A and the O next to each other…so I’ve been “K,” the letter K since I was thirteen, and I just switched to that. And K. Ishibashi, and I just stuck it together and I cut it in the middle. And that’s Kishi Bashi, and it’s kind of fun, people like to say it. And it’s kind of mysterious – it could be a band, it could be a person.

Date: August 21, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sharon Yamato
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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