Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito hosted a reception at the Japanese Consulate on Feb. 20 to celebrate the release of the Japanese translation of the three volumes of “Japanese Eyes, American Heart.” The books were published by the Tendai Educational Foundation, headed by Bishop Ryokan Ara, in cooperation with the Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board. They were translated by Kaitakusha Publishing in Japan.
The reception was held one day after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 76 years ago. The order authorized the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in interment camps in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. mainland.
In his opening comments, Consul General Ito said, “If we truly want to understand Hawai‘i, it is imperative that we understand how the Issei who emigrated from Japan built their lives here and how their Nisei children overcame their struggles and challenges during the war and went on to attain both honor and respect.