Unforgettable words of my mother (Japanese)

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(Japanese) I still remember what my mother told me at the time, “I was so worried about you that I went to have your fortune told. Then I was told that you would become a yakuza, and that’s the last thing I want you to be. Please don’t go into that direction.” She was really serious about that. Then I went to Tokyo and started working at a sushi restaurant – a kind of place that could turn me into one. Since I did something like that, my mother got even more worried. And when I realized that I like gambling, I stopped myself from going any further, remembering what my mother told me. Whenever I went in the wrong direction, I remembered my mother’s words and led myself to avoid any trouble.

Date: April 16, 2016
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Mistue Watanabe
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum


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