Pam Kaji

Hawaii born Nikkei living in Japan with her family.

Experiences in Japan and its influence

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Pam (Kasai) Kaji is a 48-year-old native of Honolulu, Hawaii who is currently living in Kobe, Japan. Pam, a Sansei/Yonsei, is an only child. As a young girl, she spent a lot of time with her maternal grandparents in Kauai. As a result, she celebrated different Japanese holidays, though not necessarily in a traditional way.

Pam moved to Japan in 1992 with her husband Steve and their three children, all born in Hawaii (the youngest came to Japan as an infant). Originally, they came as missionaries, only expecting to live in Japan for 2-3 years. However, after discontinuing their role as missionaries after three years, they remained in the country. Pam teaches English four times a week at church and helps out at her daughter’s British-run international school. Pam misses her family in Hawaii, but feels “at home” in Kobe.(November 4, 2003)

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