I like your site, nicely laid out and pretty to look at.
First of all, I am Adam Maddock…Sams new friend… we have not officially met yet, but i feel like I’ve learned so much about your family just by going through all these posts (and youtube videos) and hearing all these great and seemingly impossibly random stories that she has shared. What a great blog and you have such a wonderful and conversational writing style. I think it is so great to be able to trace back your side and also the japanese side of your family. Sam was sharing some of the remarkable stories and findings that you have had and it must just be a great experience to search and hunt for your past like that. I would very much like to get involved with this and begin research on my own family tree. Any advice on where to even start would be great.
Anyways, you have just a beautiful and creative daughter. I am so jealous of her talents and eye for things and feel very fortunate to have been able to get to know her over the past couple of weeks. Hope to see you out in the District sometime soon!
I came across your blog while searching for info on the Gila River Camp. Looks like a wonderful journey. A few years ago I entered a competetion to design a memorial for the Gila site. My design was a contemplative garden, where visitors might meditate and remember. My design was not selected, but I spent some time immersed in the subject. I have tried since to research and see what memorial was actually built. It looks like the Native American Visitor’s Center is closed (supposedly this center housed artifacts from the Camp). I would still like to see a xeriscape garden built there — to provide solace and seating for the infrequent but important visitors. Any insights?
I am a part-Japanese yonsei from Hawaii, and I have enjoyed reading about your journey! I have read much about the Japanese-American experienc eon the mainland, but I would like to learn more about the Japanese-American experience from a fellow researcher! Please feel free to contact me, I would love to exchange notes!
Hi Ami. Thanks for the feedback. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com. I’m happy to compare notes or collaborate.
I stumbled across your site in search of my family crest, “Okazaki”. I have learned quite a deal from it. However all my efforts end in the “Iyasu Tokugawa” crest. Would you be able to grant me some insight on the findings or perhaps point me in the direction I’m looking for?
PS, awesome site, very informational.
I have greatly enjoyed your blog and just registered for the Nikkei Genealogical Society web site (you mentioned the group in your blog). I also wanted to attend your presentation in Oakland but couldn’t make it. Will you be doing another. My cousin is Eldon Okakaki and he lives in San Jose but i doubt he is directly related. I am taking a cruise to Japan but so far i have not been able to track down any living relatives there so it will mainly be a visit of typical tourist sites.
Thank you for the comments. It’s always nice to get positive feedback.
My class will likely be repeated later this fall, probably at the California Genealogical Society and possibly at another location, too. Additionally, I will be hosting two free and informal discussion groups for Nikkei at the California Genealogical Society. Dates are still to be determined but looking to be the first Saturdays in August and September. These discussions will be followed by a free introduction to genealogy. The details will be posted in our society newsletter and blog. You may subscribe to them for free be going to the website CaliforniaAncestors.org.
I will present a shorter version of the workshop at the JACL convention in San Jose this summer.
As for the Nikkei Genealogical Society, it is still in the formative stages and will be based in Los Angeles.
No connection to Eldon Okazaki. It’s not a very uncommon name.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance. I am not able to take new clients for research at the moment, but can always answer some questions.
I missed your seminar in San Jose by less than a month! I have so many questions that could have been answered. When is your next event in Northern California? I may be able to attend in So Cal depending on the dates.
My next class in San Jose is in October, but I’m open to scheduling more with other groups. I will be doing a short lecture in Burbank on May 24 on Internment Records. I also do private consultations. Let me know what interests you. My business email is LindaHOkazaki@gmail.com.
I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/09/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-september-4.html
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting, Jana. I really enjoyed reading through your blog.
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