Japanese Kids Use Public Transportation at an Early Age

Every culture has different standards and practices of child development.  But one thing that I find very different in Japan is the trust they put allowing young children to use public transportation alone at a very young age.  This would be unthinkable in the U.S. and many other countries.  It just wouldn’t be safe! Many …

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Panama Hotel store front

Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel Part III

Continuation from Part I and Part II: Running the apartment house on 6th and Colombia whilst attending Broadway HS was busy work for the young Takashi but because his parent’s limited English, he had to assist them with the business.  Upon graduating high school, he decided to attend the University of Washington to study accounting.  …

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Mr. Hori

Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel – Part II

Mr. Hori today in front of his home Part II Sanjiro and Toyo Hori had four children:  Toyome born in 1916, Takashi (1918), Fukashi (1921) and Aiko (1926).  Although, they lived in America, Takashi, as the first born son in a Japanese family, was responsible to carry on the family business. The meshiya that Sanjiro …

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Mr. Hori and the Panama Hotel, a Nisei Story

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a historical fiction novel about a little love story between a Chinese boy and Japanese girl during the 1940’s Japanese internment of WWII based  in Seattle, Washington.  As you can imagine, it’s a popular choice for book clubs where I live because you can actually visit …

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