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Nikkei Names: Writing Workshop in San Jose

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Ben Yoneo Miyaji

After The Karate Kid movie came out, I was called Mr. Miyagi a lot. Even though Miyaji and Miyagi are spelled different and pronounced differently. But, I get Wax On - Wax Off even more. In my various capacities, I wear name tags and when people see my name, a few will bow and say Mr. Miyagi or saw Wax On - Wax Off. I do marriages fro the county of Santa Clara and the other day, one groom said, "I'm getting married by Wax On - Wax Off". I have adopted Wax On - Wax Off as my twitter handle.

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Photo taken and name story provided on September 21, 2014 at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose as a part of Discover Nikkei’s workshop warm-up excercise in conjunction with the More »

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