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Gifts from Jichan and Bachan

Gifts from Japan

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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 ...

Gifts from Jichan and Bachan

Dolls

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Gifts from Jichan and Bachan

The Home That Jichan and Bachan Built

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How Jichan Became an Araki

Mochitsuki

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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 ...

Where to Bury Me

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I awoke this morning to memories of the cowboy lament, “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie.” Perhaps the memories had been triggered when I had confronted my mixed feelings about where to be buried. Last evening, I had decided to request burial for the ashes of my deceased husband ...

Jichan in America

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Nikkei Chronicles #6 — Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

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In Seattle, my family’s mushroom hunting season would begin with discussions around the big table in the large, windowed breakfast nook at home, where the family took all everyday meals. Around the dinner table, rumors about friends and acquaintances being recognized at various well-known matsutake sites in the Cascades ...

Cherry Blossom Petals

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An elegant few, pale pink blossoms on the slender limbs of a delicate February Fuji Cherry tree, displayed themselves in the midst of a light winter snow. To Naomi, looking down on the scene from her second floor bedroom window, the blossoms looked magical—large, pink snowflakes amid the falling ...

Minoru Tamesa: The Quiet Man Who Came to Dinner - Part 3

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Minoru Tamesa: The Quiet Man Who Came to Dinner - Part 2

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Read Part 1 >> Last year, I googled “Minoru Tamesa.” I can’t remember why. I was startled to find a picture of him as a young man, looking a bit like a “tough guy,” nothing like the quiet, prematurely aged, sensitive, almost fragile-looking man who came to dinner. Believing there ...

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susany (Tucson, Arizona, United States)

I was born Susan Araki in Seattle, WA, and grew up in the South Park district of Seattle. Almost two years old when Executive Order 9066 was enacted, my family and I were incarcerated in Camp Harmony and Camp Minidoka for about three and a half years. A free, PDF download of my memories of that time may be accessed at the link given in my bio.

I graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle and worked in computer programming at several companies, including the Boeing Company in Seattle. I retired many years ago from computer systems and network administration at the University of Arizona. Now I am a clay and watercolor artist and love to write both fiction and nonfiction.

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