Happy New Year and thank you for your support of local news reporting! We are blessed to live in a community that supports its local press.
It has been my great pleasure to be able to tell the stories of our community ever since I moved here from Japan in 2002. At that time, Noriko Goto gave me a desk at what was then JEN. There I met Misa Murohashi and would later help her launch Ibuki magazine. As many of you know, I also publish books under the Chin Music Press banner. This fall, we launched a graphic novel by Lawrence Matsuda and Matt Suzuki in collaboration with Wing Luke Museum, a local history by Randy Tada and Kay Hirai, and a children’s book by beloved local journalist Lori Matsukawa. I am not sure why I have been so lucky to be attached to all these projects and publications, but I am very grateful to have made a career that is so closely tied to the Japanese American community.
So, thank you for all the opportunities! And I promise to redouble my efforts to keep NAP and Soy Source going for many more years to come.