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Yuriko Naito

left Ota-ku Tokyo for Richmond Texas in 1952 during Jim Crow & segregation. she remembers being invited to sit at the front of a bus by its white driver although she was accompanying her husband's black relatives who were directed to the back. it confused her.

she also recalls having to kill a snake that had crawled inside her house while she was alone with her two children--a toddler & an infant.

battling mosquitos & tarantulas, Yuriko also faced hostile Southerners who had never seen an Asian before, let alone a Japanese person. many Americans at the time blamed all Japanese, even powerless female civilians like her, for starting WWII. 

Asako Sakaguchi
of Osaka met Phillip Michael Miller while he was in the USMC Tokyo Honor Guard in Japan. after marrying him in 1956, she came to the U.S., traveling to Iowa City where her in-laws lived & Las Vegas where she played the slot machines (above).  in Tripoli Libya (above), she attended the "Marine Corps Ball and Ambassador Welcome" wearing a gown she designed from her own ​​​kimono obi (sash).
Yasue Hayakawa 
like all Japanese war brides, she left behind family & loved ones (above) to start a new life in America. just 24 years old, she was pregnant with her daughter when she boarded a ship to be with her husband, Johnnie Willliams, stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base in Northern California. after sailing from Yokohama Bay, she landed in San Francisco on April 19, 1952.
Harue Abiru
along with her husband Charles William Lahn, she left Japan for America in 1955. hailing from Chiba-ken, a Prefecture just east of Tokyo, she met Charles after he had enlisted in the Army at Fort Dix Texas in 1948. like Asako, Harue also had a Shinto wedding ceremony (above).