Gary T. Ono

Gary T. Ono, es un inmigrante sansei de San Francisco, California que actualmente reside en el área de Little Tokyo de Los Ángeles. Es fotógrafo voluntario para su vecino Museo Nacional Americano Japonés. En el 2001, recibió una subvención del Programa de Educación Pública de Libertades Civiles de California para producir un documental en video, Calling Tokyo: Japanese American Radio Broadcasters of World War II (Llamando a Tokyo: emisoras radiales japoneses-americanas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial). Esta historia cuenta sobre lo que su padre hizo durante la guerra fue lo que despertó su interés en su historia japonés-estadounidense y familiar, que llena copiosamente sus momentos de senectud.

Última actualización en marzo de 2013

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Ono Family during World War II

Denver

As mentioned in “Amache Arrival”, our father, Sam Masami Ono, 29 (a San Franciscan) and George Dote (a Los Angeleno), were both released February 10, 1943 from Amache, the Colorado War Relocation Authority camp near the small town of Granada, Colorado. They were invited to go to Denver to audition/interview for translation and broadcasting jobs with the British Political Warfare Mission (BPWM). The British agency partnered with the U.S. Office of War Information (OWI) in a “Joint Anglo-American Program of Radio Propaganda Program,” to broadcast to war-enemy Japan. The OWI had a staff of up to eight Japanese ...

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Ono Family during World War II

Amache Arrival

On September 18, 1942, finally, after the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe train engine, the last of the different locomotive engines that took their turn pulling our passenger train carrying us Japanese evacuees aboard through their own railroad company jurisdictions, we arrived at the small farming town of Granada, Colorado. It took three days of confined discomfort. The seemingly endless travel time was caused by the priority given scheduled passenger, military and freight trains over our “special” evacuation trains, which had to pull over to side rails numerous times to let them pass. According to George and Shig Hirano, who were ...

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Mochi Making Then and Now

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As we near the end of the year and the beginning of a new year, many Japanese American organizations (churches, cultural centers and museums) sponsor programs relating to Oshogatsu (New Year as celebrated by Japanese). Programs abound featuring the preparation of the many traditional Oshogatsu foods, which includes the production of mochi or mochitsuki. The hands-on labor intensive pounding of cooked sweet rice (mochigome) with a wooden mallet (pestle) called kine1 in an usu (mortar)2 is the traditional method used in Japan and by the subsequent generations of Japanese in America.

Today though, mochi can be produced ...

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Ono Family during World War II

A Sunday Drive - Mommy’s Birthday

I imagine it was a beautifully clear December morning, our Mommy’s birthday, a “day of rest” Sunday, and a new Chevy coupe parked out in front on Geary Street!  Daddy didn’t need any more reasons to decide, “Let’s take a drive out to the country!”

Our father, Sam Masami Ono packed my brother Stanley Kazumi, almost-3 and me, almost -2, (we were both born in January), our Auntie Yuki Okamura and of course, our mother Kimiye, the “birthday-girl” into the shiny 1941 Chevrolet for a drive north across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County. Marin is ...

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All Mankind are Brothers (Alle Menschen Verden Bruder) - Part 2 of 2

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July 10, 2009 – Bridging USA & Japan Concert – Walt Disney Concert Hall

The choir reported to the Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) for the check-in process at 2:00 pm for the 8:00 pm concert. WHY?  We learned why. Can you imagine coordinating more than 380 choir singers, considering that, for many, the concert and the visit to the WDCH was a new experience?

We had to be organized so that we could enter the hall according to our seat assignments. At this point, we would again appreciate the concert organizers and volunteers who planned and executed this ...

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