Sunday, September 17, 2006

Jichan's 90th Birthday

We recently celebrated Jichan Tsuno's 90th Birthday with his favorite meal at Chinese Buffet. It was the first time in along time my father's side of the family was together and it was very nice. We ate lots of crab, hawaiian cake and sat around listening to Grandpa tell stories about the things he enjoyed during his long life. It was wonderful to see how much fun he had and how he lived everyday to the fullest.

My grandfather was many things in his life, a third degree black belt in kendo, an expert and champion pistol target shooter, a craftsman of Buddhist Temples, a photographer, a fruit grapher, a motorcycle rider, a jeep and volkswagon enthusiest, a fisherman and a hunter. He is definatly a fanatic and thrill seeker, he is still all these things but most of all he is Grandpa. He told me at his birthday party to do everything to the highest level, once you start something don't stop until you achieve the highest level.

I credit him with restoring our family after the WWII internment camps. He helped rebuild our family in its lowest of times with hardwork and creativity.

Today he enjoys detailing his 4x4 SUV that he still drives, taking care of his garden, going to Las Vegas and spending time with his family.






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