Let My Father Go Free

On February 19th, two months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, my great-grandfather, Kenzo Sakanashi, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of being an enemy alien. He spent over two years separated from his wife and three children in prison camps from North Dakota to New Mexico. Only after consistent…

You Have Given Me Deep Joy As A Father Just By Being My Son

Happy Father’s Day, dad. I told Isamu Mark the same thing you told me before you died: “You have given me deep joy as a father just by being my son.” Thank you for teaching me what it means to love a son like our Heavenly Father loves us.

Leaving My Favorite City In The World

I never thought I would say this, but in less than two weeks my family is leaving Seattle to begin a new life in Tokyo.  Growing Up Japanese American Even though I am 100% Japanese, I never wanted to live in Japan. I never even considered the idea. My father’s family left Japan over 100 years…

10 Things I’ve Learned From 10 Years Without My Dad

Every May I try to spend some time reflecting on my dad’s life. He died ten years ago, May 19, 2004. These are just some quick reflections on what I’ve learned since he’s been gone. -a man falls many times, but a father’s words pick him up When I lost my dad at 18, I…

10 Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today the doctor told my dad, “You have cancer.” Ten years ago today my world began to spin out of control. Ten years ago today I was alone with my fear. “Dad has cancer  What am i supposed to do with that?  i don’t cry. not yet. i’m not sure how i’m…

A Sad Story of Sex and Marriage in Japan

I read an article in The Japan Times titled, “Married or Single, Japan is a Desolate Country.” It’s a depressing reality check, but well worth the quick read. As a Japanese man, husband, and father, it hurts. I’m 2.5 months away from welcoming my firstborn son into the world, intimate and united with my wife, and have…

Basketball Explains Japan and America

I spent my entire youth playing basketball. As I pursue organization building and leadership development these days, I often reflect back on the lessons I learned through sports. There are rules that govern basketball, but there are no rules about how you choose to play. This leaves tons of room for cultural expression. Here’s what I…

Companies Need A Reason To Exist (WJNE)

Companies are an organizational vehicle that serve the advance of an idea. Read this from Twitter & Square founder, Jack Dorsey. It is so true, and it’s inspiring. Why did you start a company? To make money? What a boring motive if that is the ultimate end. The decision to start EigoPartner came out of…

WJNE – We Were Created To Create

Why Japan Needs Entrepreneurs This series should have a lot of posts. I think, talk, and act in regards to this topic everyday. Might as well add writing to that list. Maybe I’m unique to the average Japanese person, but I just love to create. There is a joy that comes in creating, something that…