Dad Would Have Been 101 Today

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My last picture of Dad a month before he passed, flanked by my two youngest kids. 2018 Los Angeles.

As Dad passed away less than two years ago at 99 years of age, he would have turned 101 today if he were still around.  I truly believed he would be the first Kanemoto to live to be 100.  Unfortunately, he just quietly passed away after eating a good lunch – eating was his pastime.

When I was in elementary school, I remember being at Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles. I might have been maybe eight years old. It was a breezy day and he had bought us brand new kites.  A wind gust pushed the kite and therefore, the spool got pulled out of my hand.  The kite took off – as did my Dad chasing after it.  To this day, I thought to myself, “Darn.  Dad can run fast.”  I didn’t know until just a little over six years ago he was a high school track star in Hiroshima.

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Dad trying to teach me how to ride a bike.  East Los Angeles, 1962.

Anyways, I thought of him today and his high school yearbook.

A link to his 1937 Hiroshima high school story is here.

I hope you are playing jump-frog with your favorite brother at Zenshouji, Dad, and eating loads of odango.

Happy birthday!

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Dad at bottom left then (clockwise): younger sister Mieko, my Grandma Kono, older sister Shiz and younger brother Suetaro who was killed as a Japanese soldier in 1944. King and Maynard Streets, Seattle, WA.  Circa 1925.

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