Rachel Yamaguchi

Rachel Yamaguchi was born and raised, a sansei, in Pasadena, California. She received her BA in History at UCLA and earned a Secondary Social Science teaching credential at CSULA. She’s enjoyed writing since the fifth grade and at this time is working to find representation for two related novels involving the 442nd RCT and the War Relocation Camp, Amache, CO. Presently she resides in Placentia, California with her faithful companion, a beagle named Shelby.

Updated June 2012

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Nikkei Chronicles #1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

The Odyssey

We were on our way from Los Angeles to Turlock, located in the central valley of California, for what I believe was my grandmother’s funeral. My father’s mother passed away in January so we were naturally a sullen group.

During the winter there is usually snow on the Grapevine, a portion of the Interstate 5 freeway that connects Northern and Southern California, complete with road closures and sometimes perilous fog and mudslides. This necessitated my family in flying out of LAX to Fresno where we would rent a car to drive the rest of the way to Turlock ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

"Look'it" Food

Come on, admit it. There is one in every family. You know at least one. I’m one. You may be one too. We’re called “squirrels,” “pack rats,” and in the most extreme case, “hoarders.” In my particular case, I inherited this trait from my Nisei mother.

Whenever our family got a special gift like that delicious white two-pound box of assorted chocolates, sembei, or manju, Mom always told us, “We’ll save these for a special occasion. This is only for when we have special guests come.” On that warning, accompanied with a delighted smile, she would then ...

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