Rediscovering Japan Through Hawaii’s Cherry Blossom Festival

  America is often thought of as a new country, a place where countless people traveled from distant lands in search of a new life. As immigrants intermarried and their cultures intermixed, customs blended together so that America, we often hear, became a giant “melting pot.”   However, instead of erasing the cultural hold these traditions […]

Okimoto: Passing On the Issei Legacy and the Future of Japan-US Relations 

  Dr. Daniel Okimoto, professor emeritus at Stanford University, recently sat down with JAPAN Forward to talk, among other things, how the campaign of the Silicon Valley Japan Platform or SVJP, a non-profit organization designed to build bridges of collaboration between Silicon Valley and Japan, has been going.        The SVJP has developed rapidly since its […]

Okimoto on Life in America: Realizing Dreams That Eluded Our Issei Parents

Daniel Okimoto as an infant wrapped in the American flag in his mothers’ hand at Santa Anita Racetrack. The picture was painted by Okimotos’ sister, Ruth Yoshiko.   JAPAN Forward recently had a one-on-one interview with Dr. Daniel Okimoto, professor emeritus at Stanford University. A second-generation Japanese American, Okimoto is pushing for Japan to make its mark in […]