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Panama Hotel

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New York Times Best Seller Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a Christmas gift from my daughter. The author Jamie Ford autographed and wrote: “Rio, inspiration comes from life and good books. Keep writing” and an actual size “Do Not Disturb (reading)” book marker attached, jutting half ...

Revisiting Little Tokyo / Japanese American National Museum

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On my recent trip to Little Tokyo branch library in Los Angeles, notices for two fund-raising campaigns were posted—one to build a Ryoma Sakamoto statute and the other to save Bunichi Kagawa’s poem epitaph.

Van Nuys Japanese Garden

Rio Imamura

It seemed like a step down. Back then, the Valley was a big oven with nothing in it, a great sea of nothing, an ocean with no ships and at night, if you went out there, were very few lights.         —Robert Redford on moving to Van Nuys as a teenager ...

Congressional Gold Medal Moment To Share

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On November 2, 2011, the long awaited Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) presentation to hundreds of Japanese-American veterans who collectively fought bravely during WW II was held in Washington D.C. Amid the applause of many well-wishers and families, the ceremony was met with much fanfare, many speeches, including the keynote ...

Frank and Nevelo Yasuda, Alaskan Mining Hall of Fame

Rio Imamura

“We stayed six months cumulatively in Point Barrow, Alaska for scientific research,” said an unexpected message from my San Diego Japanese friends.

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Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD).
Distinguished Toastmaster, a non-profit
Toastmaster International Organization.
Translator of Joanne Oppenheim's "Dear
Miss Breed" (Scholastic) into Japanese.
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