Dr. Lorraine S. Mito, Ed.D
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald
My father, Gisaburo Yamane, was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1909. At the age of 13, his parents sent him to Kona, Hawai‘i, to become the adopted child of his uncle and aunt, who were childless. Dad was the second son of his birth parents and one of their seven children. He was a mischievous child in his youth. When Dad died in 1963, we lost all contact with our relatives in Hiroshima.
I never imagined that a friendship made in 2000 when I was selected a Fulbright Teacher and spent three weeks in Japan would lead me to my Japanese roots in Hiroshima and Kumamoto. I was introduced to Aichi Prefecture, where I visited educational institutions from kindergarten to the university level. It was at Toyota High School that I met Mr. Yoshio Muro, the principal. I did not know it then, but we would become lifelong friends.