Robert “Lefty” Kikkawa

Robert “Lefty” Kikkawa is an 88-year old Nisei from Gardena, CA and has lived in Pasadena, CA for nearly 75 years. He was interned at Gila, AZ and Tule Lake, CA during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and spent his professional career in the automotive industry. For 65 years, he was married to his beloved Alice - the best wife, mother and grandmother that a man can have. They have 4 children: Debbie (Kubota), Sharon (Lee), Don and Ken. Robert and Alice co-founded the Pasadena Bruins in 1972.

Updated November 2020

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

My Love and Life in Sports

Until my beloved wife Alice passed away suddenly last year, I considered myself the luckiest man in the world. We were happily married for 65 years and we had 4 grown children and 10 grandchildren. In perfect gender symmetry, we had two daughters and two sons, and they in turn gave us 5 granddaughters and 5 grandsons.

We did almost everything together—including watching lots of games. We first watched our daughters play JAO basketball and softball, high school archery, badminton, and basketball, and then volleyball and SCWAU basketball. We also watched our sons play CYC baseball and basketball, high ...

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