David Yamaguchi

David Yamaguchi is a Sansei freelance writer in Seattle. Articles reprinted here originally appeared in The North American Post, a Japanese community paper. A book David co-authored, The Orphan Tsunami of 1700 (Univ. Washington Press, 2005; second ed., 2015), describes how tsunami records from Edo-era Japanese villages helped resolve today's Pacific Northwest earthquake hazards. It can be perused full-text on Google Books.

Updated May 2016

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Oriental Garden Center

Man working in yard,
No woman watching nearby;
Is the man still wrong?

Following the theme of the haiku, today we visit a specialty gardening store in Federal Way. Having started as a Nisei business in 1960, the Oriental Garden Center came up as a topic for this scribe to check out through the monthly bonsai classes they have listed on the calendar page. The center is on Pacific Highway South (Highway 99), 15 minutes south of SeaTac airport.

On meeting current owner David Asahara and his wife, Barbara Mizoguchi-Asahara, I had one question: What do they have that would ...

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