Susan Yamamura

Susan Yamamura nasceu nos Estados Unidos e, antes de completar dois anos de idade, foi encarcerada com o resto da família em Camp Harmony (Puyallup, no estado de Washington) e Camp Minidoka (Hunt, no estado de Idaho), como consequência da Ordem Executiva 9066. Uma narrativa gratuita sobre as suas recordações do campo de encarceramento pode ser baixada aqui (Inglês):  Camp 1942–1945.

“Apesar da Ordem Executiva 9066, como só poderia ter acontecido nos Estados Unidos, os meus avós paternos, os meus pais, o meu marido e eu conseguimos realizar os nossos sonhos americanos”.

Um programadora de computador e administradora de redes e sistemas informáticos; viúva de Hank Yamamura, que era Professor Regente da Universidade do Arizona; e mãe de um filho, ela agora é escritora, escultora em argila e aquarelista.

Atualizado em março de 2017

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Crônicas Nikkeis #6 — Itadakimasu 2! Um Novo Gostinho da Cultura Nikkei

Sukiyaki de Matsutake

Em Seattle, a temporada de caça aos cogumelos da minha família começava com debates em torno da grande mesa do café da manhã que ficava num amplo recanto rodeado de janelas lá em casa, onde a família fazia todas as refeições do dia-a-dia. À volta da mesa de jantar, eram analisados meticulosamente os rumores sobre amigos e conhecidos vistos em vários locais onde se encontram os cogumelos matsutake – nas Montanhas Cascade, na Península Olímpica e na área da cidade de Shelton [todas localizadas no estado de Washington, no noroeste dos E.U.A ...

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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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