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  • Bulletin 1

    The Bulletin

    A publication of the Cleveland Japanese American Citizens League As a service to the Japanese American Community and interested individuals and organizations

    December/January 2014

    Anonymous Shigeru Igarashi

    Anonymous Joel & Joyce Ito

    Nobuko Akiba Sue A Nakamura

    Kenneth Arie & Naty Arie Itsu Nakatsuka

    Hazel Asamoto Joe & Kay Negrelli

    Helen Asamoto Jerry & Irene Omori

    Joyce Anraku Culek & John Anraku Masayoshi & Sugako Omura

    Ken & Naomi Doyle, Beverly & Kevin Hayato “Hy” Orikuchi

    Roy & Aiko Ebihara Yukiye Sakaguchi

    Reiko Fujikawa Karen Sodini

    Shigeru Fujimura Tomo Sonoda

    Kiich Furukawa Masako Yamauchi

    Eva Hashiguchi Betty Yasaki & Family

    Seasons Greetings

    And Best Wishes for the New Year

  • Bulletin 2

    Bulletin Staff

    Editor: Hazel Asamoto

    Staff Writers: Eva Hashiguchi, Roy Ebihara

    Typist/layout: Joyce Ito

    Circulation: Hazel Asamoto

    Collators/Mailing: Betty Ochi, John Ochi,

    Shig Igarashi, Karen Sodini,

    Marge Higaki, Shig Fujimura

    Masie Yamauchi,

    Contributing articles: June Tanaka Oshiro, John

    Ochi, Joe Negrelli

    The Bulletin is supported by donations. There is no subscription rate. Articles in the Bulletin are solely the responsibility of the authors. Neither JACL nor the Bulletin is responsible for articles that are submitted by the writers. Comments, suggestions and donations are always welcome. Send comments and contributions to:

    JACL Bulletin c/o Hazel Asamoto, Editor

    3097 Ashwood Rd.

    Cleveland, OH 44120

    (Contributions are tax deductible)

    Or email:

    Editorial By Hazel Asamoto The response for the Holiday Greetings has shown me

    that there are many of you who wish to communicate to

    all their friends and relatives their wishes for the holiday

    season. Thank you for your interest and contributions.

    If anyone wishes to make a contribution (Holiday

    Greetings) in the next issue, we will accept your

    generous offer. Thank you in advance so that we can

    continue this newsletter.

    I also want to thank the Lakewood Library and its staff

    for their many years of providing us a website for the

    Cleveland JACL. Due to cost and limited staff, the library

    will discontinue this service for us. Thank you kindly,

    Lakewood Library for all those many years of showing to

    our friends and the rest of the community the news of

    the Japanese community

    The staff and I wish you,

    Greetings of the Season and a Happy New Year

    Donations $55


    Ralph & Marie Maki

    Irene & Jerry Omori


    Mits Omura, age 85 beloved husband of Linda:

    brother of Masayoshi Omura, Kimiko Kinoshita,

    Kuni Miyoshi, and the late Toshiko Omura, Teruko

    Uto, Seichi Omura; uncle of Grace Ishihara, Jane

    Kinoshita, Joan Tanaka, David Miyoshi, Kathy Sano,

    Donna Kozono, Michael Omura and Kenneth

    Omura, great-uncle of many…also survived by his

    dog, Yoshi. Mits. died Nov. 29, 2013. Memorial

    service Sunday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 pm at Brickman

    Bros Funeral Home, 37433 Euclid Ave, Willoughby,

    Ohio where family will receive friends Sunday from

    11am to 12:30 pm. In Lieu of flowers contributions

    to the American Heart Association would be


    Per Plain Dealer Newspaper Obituary, Friday,

    Dec. 6, 2013

  • Bulletin 3

    CARP News

    By Eva Hashiguchi

    CARP has so many members with interesting lives that I thought I’d try something new. With their permission, I’m introducing

    Joe & Kay Negrelli. Kay has been captain of Group 1 for years but with failing health, she finally resigned her position. Joe is

    always available and willing to help wherever needed at all CARP functions. They’ve celebrated their 62 nd

    wedding anniversary –

    Congratulations!!!! See the article below from Joe Negrelli

    Also, at the November 2013 CARP meeting, members voted that membership dues for 2014would be collected in June 2014.

    The completed roster will help the team captains to notify each paid member on all CARP activities. Checks made out to:

    John Ochi, Treasurer of CARP

    868 Lander Road

    Highland Heights, OH 44143

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    How I Met My Wife of Sixty Years

    By Joe P. Negrelli

    It was April, 1947 and cherry blossom time in Japan. I was a PFC in the army, a member of the 19 th

    Infantry Regiment, 24 th

    Infantry Division on occupation duty, stationed at Camp Chickamauga, Beppu, and Kyushu, Japan. I was assigned to the

    Special Services Section, managing athletic and recreational facilities for the troops and dependents. One of my duties was

    assisting in the operation of the Lanik Theater, the camp theater, a former Japanese opera house seating about eight

    hundred, which was appropriated by the Army.

    One afternoon, during a usual tour of the theater, I noticed a pair of geta, Japanese clogs, placed by one of the exit doors.

    Since it was a Japanese custom to slip off one’s geta or shoes when entering a building I assumed that an unauthorized

    person had entered the theater. So I started to search the building. After about fifteen minutes I returned to the exit door

    to find the geta were gone.

    About a week later, I again noticed a pair of geta by the same exit door. Again I looked throughout the theater for the

    geta’s owner, but to no avail. But this time when I returned to the exit I saw a Japanese girl walking rapidly away down the


    In my best phrase book Japanese I called out to her “Anone ojosan! Doko ikemaska?!

    Translation, “Hey girl! Where are you going?” She took one look at me and promptly ran away. I was surprised at how fast

    a person could run while wearing geta.

    But by running away she really aroused my interest. A few days later I saw her again. This time I tried to be more polite.

    “Choto mate kudusai,” Please wait”, I called out. She stopped, so I approached her and started a broken Japanese-English

    conversation with her. I learned her name was Kumiko and that she was working as a cook-housemaid at the nearby Army

    dependent’s housing project for Lt. John J. Rock, 19 th

    Inf. Communications Officer, and his wife, Jean who taught at the

    school for dependent’s children. Kumiko had been coming to the theater to have one of the interpreters, working at the

    theater for Special Services, translate various recipes Mrs. Rock had given her to cook, into Japanese so she could

    understand them.

    I asked for a date, but she refused. At that time fraternization between US Service Personnel and Japanese girls was

    discouraged by both sides. After seeing her from time to time at the theater during the next month I finally convinced her

    to have a date with me and we arranged a meeting at the home of a friend of the Japanese interpreter.

    That date was the beginning of our romance that has lasted over sixty-four years.

  • Bulletin 4

    (Photos of Joe and Kay Negrelli)

  • Bulletin 5

    Two articles from June Tanaka Oshiro: The first article is about Bob Fletcher, a member of the Sacramento state

    agricultural commission, who during World War II quit his job to manage the farms of three Japanese American families.

    The second is about an internment camp in Idaho.

  • Bulletin 6

    From John Ochi: Smithsonian Magazine November 2013

  • Bulletin 7

    Japan: What’s Different?

    By Roy Ebihara

    On our recent visit to Japan, Tokyo to Osaka, Aiko and I were able to view Japan from a non-tour perspective. We visited

    with Yukiko Ebara, her husband Rick, and their 7 year old daughter Haruka. Readers will recall that Yukiko taught and

    developed the JACL Taiko program ten years ago. Haruka was born in Oberlin, and surprisingly, is fluent in English and


    People young and old, even into their 80’s ride bicycles to go shopping, or visit friends……and no helmets either! Over 60%

    of the teens and young women are seen to have all shades of brown hair, some blond hairs too. Nearly every motorist

    parks their cars head-on. Why is that? Japan has the lowest birthrate in the world. Thus, pets, taking the place of children

    are coveted and very well cared for. At a pet store the average cost of dogs were noted to be $850.00 plus vet fee,

    amounting to over $1,000/dog.

    Late September is rice harvesting time across Japan. We spent a day in the country area of Gunma where Yukiko’s parents

    live. It was a sight to see families working together to harvest and dry the rice on long racks. Unfortunately this was not

    the case for some who lost fields of rice when the typhoon raked ac