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…

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…

A Son Needs A Father

Dear Son, I found out last week that you are a boy and not a girl. Words can’t express my joy. One day I hope that you will have a son of your own and experience what I mean. We are expecting you to arrive around Thanksgiving. Your birth will be so timely. That’s the…