Charles Yushin Narimatsu 1920-2013 died age 93 — my Nisei 2nd generation uncle the last of his generation in my kazoku/family

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Uncle Charley’s kendo avocation, instilled by his widowed mama Tome 1882-1954, in memory of deceased papa Masayuki 1881-1931 (died of emphysema), who was Tome’s 1st cousin, as was common in feudal rural Japan — is Uncle Charley’s public legacy.    Both Uncle Charley’s parents, Tome/Masayuki, came from displaced post-Tokugawa & contempo Meiji era farming/shoyu merchant kazoku-families  — displaced as samurai from its heyday pre-1868.   Both parents are from samurai hotbed Kyushu Japan (Kumamoto).

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Hiroyuki Sanada
Hiroyuki Sanada 2013 (cropped).jpg

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/in-praise-of-actor-hiroyuki-sanada/

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Uncle Charley (birth name Yushin Narimatsu) was the only one among my Nisei/2nd generation bloodline (1st native born generation in the U.S.) to attend and graduate from high school (Hilo High), thanks to earthly messiah DPI (Dept. Public Instruction now called DOE) chief Oren Ethelbirt Long (1889-1965), who missioned that plantation kids (my Hawai’i kazoku/family is from Wainaku mill camp a half mile north of Hilo along the North Hilo coast) not be repressed by our Oligarchy Big 5 (C. Brewer/Theo Davies/AmFac/Castle & Cooke/Alexander & Baldwin)  via what were like  expensive private school tuition fees in our “free” public schools from the 9th grade to the 12th grade  — our savior Oren (later our lst U.S. Senator 1959-1962 but feeble by then) integrated our plantation kids into our public school system’s 9th to 12th grades starting with kids born in 1920 (Uncle Charley born 1920).    Thence Uncle Charley’s attendance/graduation from Hilo High School.     Uncle Charley’s siblings, including my Dad Toshi 1913-1998, never went past the grades which the Oligarchy Big 5 shut off for advancement.     Thence, Masaaki , Haruko, Masako, & Yukiko, born 1903-1911, never went past the 4th & 6th grades.   My Dad & sibs Chiyoko/Yukio, born 1913-1918, never went past the 8th grade.

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Uncle Charley’s birth order as the youngest child allowed him much more time for hobbies, such as kendo, which he excelled in & for which I enshrined him as our inaugural inductee in the Hawai’i Island Sports Hall of Fame as our kendo master.   His photo is in the initial array posted at our Prince Kuhio Plaza (at the mall entrance to Macy’s Men’s Dept.).    Uncle Charley also is a Japanese-American “cultural treasure” honoree (kendo).   http://hilo.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/community/japanese-community-honor-10-treasures.html

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Uncle Charley also was a fine vocal tenor like my baby brother Lloyd & Uncle Yukio’s son Don, not surprising since both Charley’s mama Tome & papa Masayuki (nicknamed “Jake” for his natty/handsome image) were proficient in music (a samurai trait).

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Uncle Charley was a sharp dresser, handsome (but Uncle Yukio & son Don, along with Aunty Chiyoko’s son Dennis, along with Aunty Yukiko’s grandson Tony, were/are the handsomest & mirror images of immigrant/Issei genesis Masayuki), & very well-mannered & well-spoken, like his samurai ancestors/culture.   Aunty Chiyoko and daughter Leilani are our prettiest kazoku/family females.

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To me, Uncle Charley was totally different from his older siblings because Uncle Charley had the self-esteem of having a high school diploma (comparable to a Ph.D. today).   Such confidence showed in his mannerisms/idiosyncrasies.   In contrast, my Dad & other sibs never spoke “high class” with soft/shouldered inflections/pitches like “cultured” Uncle Charley.    Night/day in projection.   My Mom Teruko “Ruth” 1916-1998 (died 4 months before Dad) correctly opined that Uncle Charley was not as gregarious/”hands-on”/giving like his older sibs, but by nature more circumspect/restrained a la cultured society.

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Of all my multitude of first cousins, our so-called Sansei/3rd generation (2nd generation born in the U.S.), to me Uncle Charley’s only child Layne born 1946 (Uncle Charley & dearest most loving wife Olive Tanihiro maiden name from Waiakea mill camp’s skilled worker Kohola lane never had any more kids)   — is the most diplomatic/statesman-like — exactly like Layne’s dad Charley.     If Layne had sibs, I don’t know if Layne would be as deferential — maybe Layne would be brassy, boastful, &  aggressive like Layne’s sibs-present wife Sara (Americanized exemplar of earlier Nisei traits a la monoshiri/tengara Dan Inouye/Willy Thompson  — passed down to our Sansei generation & later progeny).

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For my macadamia nuts, I like my kazoku/family to be unselfishly raunchy/robust/mind-blowing like my dearest fun-loving hedonist Dad Toshi (but  Dad’s public legacy is as our WWII 442nd combat unit war hero — for saving lives, not taking lives — Dad rescued Dad’s mortally wounded CO & Dad’s fellow PFC — Dad was awarded the Silver Star as an infantry combat rifleman  — Dad is my biggest hero —

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 https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/old-curmudgeon-willy-thompson-born-1924-longest-serving-leader-of-our-famed-all-japanese-american-442-boys-resigns-vs-his-fellow-punky-younger-counterpart-sonsdaughters-of-442-egotists/   ).

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None of my remaining kazoku/family fits the bill like my exuberant & full-of-life Dad, so to speak.   Which are why all of my friends/girlfriends/wife were & are  NON-Japanese!!   (Japanese have the personality of a turnip —  i.e. no personality)         😉           😉

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my Dad Toshi 1913-1998 (Dad was Willy Thompson’s hanai older brother) stepping up in convoy with left leg raised & left hand on side rail   (National Archives have actual film/movie of this convoy)

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 My nuclear/immediate family backdrop here    —     

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/in-praise-of-nickname-stoners-bridging-the-proverbial-age-gap-from-stoner-age-43-to-peter-age-66-you-are-not-an-uptight-jerk-like-other-ultra-judgmental-old-farts/

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Remarkable that one’s experiences span a century or more, if one is lucky enough to live into old age.       My uncle Masaaki 1903-1970 was 50 years older than me.    My grandsons Silas & Ashley (of my 5 grandkids) are 50 years younger than me.    Uncle Masaaki is a century older than Silas & Ashley.     My life experiences span a century between Uncle Masaaki and my grandsons Silas & Ashley.    Gatz!    Defy Father Time??!!

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Of course, one can stretch even longer life’s time span   –   my grandma (Uncle Masaaki’s & my dad’s mama) Tome was 70 years older than me.     I just turned age 60, so my lifeblood youngest progeny is my youngest grandchild, my granddaughter Maya, who is 59 years younger than me.     Not equidistant, but 130 years separate my grandma Tome from my granddaughter Maya.     

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Actor William Demarest 1892-1983 was 60 years older than me, thus meeting the equidistance measure, with my granddaughter Maya being 60 years younger than me — the total span being 120 years from William Demarest (or my uncle Bill Cappy Chun, also born in Demarest’s time) to my granddaughter Maya.      Here is prolific vaudeville/longtime character actor Demarest  –

William Demarest Picture

William Demarest(1892–1983)


Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in My Three Sons, replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role in the real-life biography…See full bio »

Died:

December 28,     1983         (age 91) in        Palm Springs, California, USA

Still of Humphrey Bogart and William Demarest in All Through the NightStill of Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre and William Demarest in All Through the Night
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Of course, last year’s 60th year Diamond Jubilee with majestic Queen Elizabeth had the most amazing aerial displays    –

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGDujdUQNVg&feature=related

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but let’s also  remember lusty [yes, con todo mi alma y corazon] Victoria‘s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 [my grandparents were hormonal teens bent on pioneering East to the Hawaiian islands of silk & honey][Victoria is current Queen Elizabeth’s great-great grandmother][our greatest modern Hawaiian statesperson Pi’ehu Iaukea 1855-1940 pilgrimaged to England for this tremendous occasion — Pi’ehu was preceded in great diplomacy & leadership by Kamehameha III Kauikeaouli 1813-1854]

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Thence, my immigrant grandparents’ odyssey East transcended both Victoria’s & current Queen Elizabeth’s reigns –   my ojisans/obasans [tutus] experienced both divine queens in all their soulful reigns   – 115 years  [Victoria in 1897 & Elizabeth’s 2012 jubilee] spanning 3 centuries [1800s to 2000s]!!!    Wow!!

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I was 20 when my daughter was born, 40 when my oldest grandchild/mo’opuna kane was born, 50 when my middle grandsons were born [among 5 grandchildren, 3 boys, 2 girls], and nearly 60 when my youngest grandchild/mo’opuna wahine was born.    

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My parents whom I worship and miss dearly were 40 years older than me.    My mature parents were tutus/grandparents to me in age chronology, & I am blessed by their mature wisdom/magnanimity & composure/equanimity.  

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My parents died 15 years ago 4 months apart [coincidence  — Mom died of a stroke/Dad died 4 months later from cancer].

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I felt like a grandchild blessed with the most loving & supportive tutus/grandparents in the world, though when I was a barefoot plantation toddler here in Wainaku [Ha’aheo Elem. School atop Kamehameha the Great’s most beautiful pu’u/hilltop]  — I felt terribly embarassed that my parents were fuddy-duddy oldsters vs. my village kid peers’ parents, and that my mom worked, so that I never came home to a homemaker mom who had cookies laid out for me on the kitchen table in our old plantation mill camp.    

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When my parents died 15 years ago, I suddenly crossed over to be a tutu/grandparent to my burgeoning mo’opuna/grandkids.     My grandparents 70 years older than me were too old for me to know.

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I don’t remember being a child [in a most blessed sense], but undeniably I was blessed/gifted [of the spirits?  Cor./Romans/Ephesians/Peter/etc.] as a grandchild would be, with my dearest parents who were like grandparents to me in wisdom/countenance.    

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Nor do I remember being a parent [my daughter who is middle-aged now at 40  — laughingly tells me that I was a lousy party animal parent but above all else  — I loved my daughter more than anything/anyone in the whole wide world  — and this is the only thing which counted for my daughter, which is/means everything to her & to me!!].    

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But now here I am as a grandparent [by default  — ha ha  ha — still a party animal], and wow, time flies, baby! !!

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And now I am by default/pied piper via hedonism/elan tutu again to 2 dearest “hanai”/emotional attachment — mo’opuna  — Colton age 27 & Jill age 22, grandkids to me in age chronology!   I ask Colton how may I be of service to him/Jill, & Colton shoots back, “Don’t!   Just be you!”    Gatz!   Who am I????   [ha ha    ;-)    ]   

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Foggy bottom, baby   — is my head — spinning like a top???!!    Ha ha!   Dig my hero George Harrison’s video   –   [40 years from age 20 to 60 for me  — go by in the blink of an eye!!][Maui resident Harrison died of cancer at age 58 after 9/11 & a year after this You Tube video was produced] 

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Yes, I hope to make it to age 80 & still feel like a passionate teenager in love!!   Ha ha ha!!        Enjoy [the treats below], baby!!!   “Young at heart/forever young!!”

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Age is a   figment of our imagination    — our core being is   ageless!       –

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See especially timeclock 4:19 to 5:05 of youtube below about Harrison’s opinion on aging as soulfully deepest youth enjoyed  –

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uVnKjv4fK0&feature=related

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/musica-amore-celebrate-77-years-of-great-vocalistpianist-mickey-gilley/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/augustinian-meme-tear-down-the-wall-of-fearpretenseself-importance-no-not-from-reagans-1987-berlin-wall-crucible-but-from-pink-floyds-roger-waters-1979-the-wall-movie-tribute/

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Music is my whole life, and I dedicate these happy links to my Dad Toshi 1913-1998, who was born to sing & play his ubiquitous Martin ‘ukulele, and who sang & played in the mango tree astride my grandparents’ Wainaku mill camp home as a young boy.     Dad’s mom Tome 1881-1954 sang & picked at her samisen Japanese fiddle/string board.   Dad got his music from his mom Tome.  Dad is a baritone, my baby brother Lloyd & Dad’s youngest sibling Charley & Dad’s 2nd youngest sibling Yukio’s son Don are fine tenors.   Dad had gone thru hell as a combat soldier witnessing death all around him — thence Dad appreciated every single day of a new dawn of continued life on this earth.   Which is why I’m inspired by Dad’s composure/calm countenance in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds/trials/tribulations.

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My Mom Teruko “Ruth”  (maiden name Hanato of Kona) never sang.   I think our musical DNA is from my Dad’s side of the family.    My Mom was a good athlete [basketball capt. soph. yr. 1932 Hawai’i Island prep titlist — Mom spawned all the Kona Hanato girl hoopsters you see today, incl. female coach Bobbie Hanato Awa & Bobbie’s NCAA1 daughter Dawnyelle, though imperious Bobbie Awa has no clue about Mom’s hoopster genesis behind Awa].   Actually, Mom’s  father’s [otosan] & mother’s [okasan] legacy abides in their genesis of what is today’s historically significant Kona’s Honalo Buddhist Jodo Daifukuji church

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Mom’s great-grand niece Dawnyelle  –

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http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=dawnyelle+awa+videos&qpvt=dawnyelle+awa+videos&FORM=VDRE#view=detail&mid=8D292407068405377FB58D292407068405377FB5

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http://www.hawaiibookblog.com/articles/japanese-buddhist-temples-in-hawaii-an-illustrated-guide-book-review/ 

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http://www.daifukuji.org/history.html.   

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No, the Hanato legacy is not in Mom’s athletic prowess, nor in the Hanato business acumen [e.g. Mom’s sister 106 yr. old centenarian Shizue “Mary” Hanato Teshima’s world-renowned Teshima Restaurant  — Shizue 1907-2013].  Dad was a great athlete [incl. bootleg boxer pre-legalization], as is my baby brother [State prep baseball all-star].   Dad’s legacy is as WWII 442nd combat infantry soldier in the all-Japanese American Unit  — Dad as Silver Star awardee for rescuing Dad’s mortally wounded CO & fellow PFC after Dad’s squad was ambushed by German infantry soldiers.  

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Even into Dad’s final years, Dad would sing among our backyard pals, Dad’s Martin ‘ukulele always in his arms. My daughter Staycie age 40 is half Hawaiian, & my dearest little baby girl Staycie has instilled in her children the spirit of the islands — aloha — welcome/accomodation/tenderness/humbleness/kindness/generosity — her children  Maya age 2/Emily age 6/Silas & Ashley both age 11/Shay age 22. Beautiful aloha. My mo’opuna keiki all.

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Hana hou!!   (one more time, musica amore!!)    —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D-SgA_NJwk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVCwe_Jewl8

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As a child just after Statehood 54 yrs. ago, I was enthralled by the theme song to CBS local affiliate’s Saturday Island matinee playhouse.   I still have not pinned down its title, but I remember it sounding a little like Glen Miller’s Moonlight Serenade.   Music aficionados “in the know” are long dead & gone [the great George Camarillo/Gloriana Adap/etc.], so I’ll have to sleuth a little more to find out the melodic magic of half a century ago.   Nonetheless, I present to you favorites of mine over the years.   Enjoy    ;-)

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Beautiful Pachelbel’s Canon, lost to history for centuries

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Af372EQLck

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Of course, Mozart is the greatest solace/emotional therapist  –

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi8vJ_lMxQI

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from https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/susanne-mentzer-the-mozart-effect-beautiful/

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On Kansas “granger”/salt of the earth messiah Oren E. Long    —

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2009/10/25/dispatches-from-curt-%E2%80%94-biracial-jamie-yugawa-and-aikidos-future/#comment-17269

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