The origin of name Kishi Bashi

On being Japanese and American The origin of name Kishi Bashi His Shin-Issei parents On his songfilm Omoiyari The reason for creating the songflim Omoiyari On music

Transcripts available in the following languages:

My real name is Kaoru Ishibashi and I was born in Seattle. Kaoru is really hard to pronounce for a lot of Americans so…the A and the O next to each other…so I’ve been “K,” the letter K since I was thirteen, and I just switched to that. And K. Ishibashi, and I just stuck it together and I cut it in the middle. And that’s Kishi Bashi, and it’s kind of fun, people like to say it. And it’s kind of mysterious – it could be a band, it could be a person.

Date: August 21, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Sharon Yamato
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

musician name

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum


Major support by The Nippon Foundation