On his grandfather (Japanese)

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(Japanese) Going back to my childhood… my grandfather was a sailor, and even before World War II, he had been sailing from port to port, all over the world. After he returned, I was born, and when I was little I would love to go to my grandfather’s house and listen to his stories from his experiences abroad. He would talk about what this or that port in the Netherlands was like, or how London was, or what Peru and Argentina were like, about Montevideo… For each story, I would incessantly ask, “Who, what, where, when, why?” until I darn near annoyed my grandfather. So I’ve always had this infatuation with foreign countries, and that’s part of why I came to Argentina. I wanted to travel overseas. The first thing I know, I was in Argentina. So back then, I was in such awe that I was on foreign soil—I was so thrilled just to be here.

Date: 2006
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama
Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

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