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Helen Hatsuye Ota

大田 = Ota
初江 = Hatsuye
ヘレン = Helen

I’m told that my Auntie gave me my first name, Helen, but I don’t know why she chose that name.  I should find out!

My middle name loosely means “first born.”  I’m the oldest of three, though I admit I feel like I’m the youngest.  My sister and brother are amazing siblings and I find that I look up to them often.

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Photo taken and name story provided on June 11, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum for Discover Nikkei’s photo activity in conjunction with the Nikkei Names: ... More »


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