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Gary Tsutomu Ono

I was born 1940 in San Francisco house. A mid-wife helped my mother, the house (a flat) was over my grandfather's Japanese confectionary store named BENKYODO. My mother & father named me as above TSUTOMU means "Studious" & Benkyo means study. 

Ben[k]yodo & the house was on GEARY Street, but my parents thought GARY was easier to spell and pronounce. 

As a Kid, my brothers & sisters & I would be teased! OH-NO!

My son, Tom when he was about 8 years-old asked if we could change our name. 

I suggested BOZO, so he decided ONO would be ok! 

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Photo taken and name story provided on June 12, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum for Discover Nikkei’s photo activity in conjunction with the Nikkei Names: … More »

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