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Frances Hatsuyo Onishi

My mother named me Frances after a nurse who helped her in the hospital where I was born. She told me that the nurse was so nice and thoughtful, and she hoped I would be like her.

My middle name is a combination of my mother's name - Hatsumi and my father's name - Yoshito.

Both of my brother's names are also combinations of my parents' names: 

"Yoshimi" and "Tsuyoshi". My dad "created these names for us.

Based on this original

Frances Hatsuyo Onishi
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Photo taken and name story provided on September 28, 2014 at the Orange County Buddhist Church as a part of Discover Nikkei’s workshop warm-up excercise in conjunction with the Nikkei ... More »


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