Susan Yamamura

Susan Yamamura nació en los Estados Unidos y fue recluida antes de los dos años de edad  con el resto de su familia en el  campo de internamiento Harmony (Puyallup, Washington) y en el campo de internamiento Minidoka (Hunt, Idaho) en virtud de la Orden Ejecutiva 9066. Se puede descargar gratuitamente sus recuerdos en el campo de internamiento desde esta cuenta (Inglés): Camp 1942–1945

“A pesar de la Orden Ejecutiva  9066, como podría suceder solo en los Estados Unidos, mis abuelos paternos, mis padres, mi esposo y yo hemos cumplido nuestro sueño americano”.

Exprogramadora informática y administradora de sistemas informáticos y de red jubilada, viuda de un Regents’ Professor de la Universidad de Arizona, Hank Yamamura, y madre de un hijo. Actualmente, es escritora, artista en arcilla y acuarelista.

Última actualización en marzo de 2017

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Crónicas Nikkei #6 — ¡Itadakimasu 2! Otros sabores de la cultura nikkei

Sukiyaki de Matsutake

En Seattle, la temporada de recolección de hongos de mi familia comenzaba en casa con conversaciones alrededor de la enorme mesa. Esto era en el amplio desayunador con ventanas, en donde la familia tomaba todas las comidas diarias. Alrededor de la mesa de comedor se discutían detenidamente los rumores de amigos y conocidos que fueron vistos en diversos lugares de matsutake muy conocidos en las Cascadas, la Península Olímpica y Shelton. En cierto año, se encontraron matsutake debajo de los arbustos de arándanos, ¡un lugar impensable! Cada familia japonesa tenía sus propios lugares ...

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Gifts from Jichan and Bachan

Gifts from Japan

Jichan and Bachan brought back many beautiful gifts from their trips to Japan. They ordered lovely, hand-dyed silk kimonos for my mother, my sister Louise, and me, each embellished with the Araki family crest. Beautiful belts (obi) were part of each kimono set. One year, they gave me a gorgeous brocade piece fabric which shimmered with silvery threads.

Growing up with Jichan and Bachan, I learned a complex and loving pattern of customs around gift giving and receiving, an important part of Japanese culture which was retained in America. No one explained it to me. It was simply the proper ...

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Mochitsuki

One of my fondest memories is of the annual mochi making party that was held at our house in the week after Christmas and before New Year's Day. My Kurosu second cousins, the grandchildren of Jichan’s elder brother, Shinsaku, would come to our house in South Park to make mochi. The sweet mochi rice would have been pre-washed and steamed over pipes from the steam boiler which heated our greenhouses adjacent to our home.

My Kurosu cousins recently told me that they also made mochi at their house, steaming the rice in their greenhouses and using the same ...

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Gifts from Jichan and Bachan

Dolls

The first gift I remember receiving from Jichan and Bachan was a gift of Japanese culture, the celebration of Girls’ Day or Hinamatsuri, a Japanese holiday celebrated every year on March 3rd. I “remember” my first Girls’ Day now because of photographs taken by my uncle, Shosuke Sasaki. Though not a professional, Uncle Shosuke was an expert photographer and he took a picture of me at about nine months of age in front of a Girls’ Day display in March of 1941. Jichan and Bachan were prospering around that time and even took a cruise to Japan. They were able ...

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Gifts from Jichan and Bachan

The Home That Jichan and Bachan Built

How Jichan Became an Araki

Although Jichan was born Nisaku Kaneda, the second of four sons in the Kaneda family of Fukui-ken, when he married, he took the family name of his wife, Masa Araki, acting as a yoshi, so that the Araki family name could be continued. Jichan, around twenty-seven years old, and Bachan, about twenty, were married in Tacoma, WA in December of 1913.

Bachan was an only child, and as a female, she could not carry on the Araki name for the Tokyo branch of the Araki family that was established by her father, Kyuzo Araki. Bachan ...

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