13 thoughts on “My essay in Real Simple

  1. I really enjoyed your essay. I plan to read some more of your works now. We have experienced a similar disaster here in Alabama with the tornadoes, and I have had the same type of feeling about our “adopted” town. This tragedy and dealing with it is making me feel more like it is “my” town now. 🙂

  2. Wonderful essay. Exactly describes the situation and experience of most of the foreign wives living in Japan during and after the triple disasters, myself included. I guess if I stayed through all this, I’m staying for good! Keep up the great writing. Love your work!

  3. now that i have had a chance to read it, the essay is beautiful. I am glad your family is safe and that finally feel after so long a time in your adopted country that it feels like home.

  4. Thank you for your kind words, everyone. And my sympathies are with you, Cybrdragon. My family is in South Carolina, so I was a bit concerned about them, but they didn’t get hit like Alabama did. The wreckage I saw on TV here looked much like Tohoku.

  5. I just read your essay, very impressive! I feel related to your experience of being expatriate, only I seemed luckier to be in a more multicultural country-the U.S. 🙂 Really love your words and will read on more of your work! My sympathies are with you and your family. Hope everything is going well with you!

  6. Suzanne,

    I enjoyed the story in Real Simple. Your name caught my eye. My mother’s maiden name is Kamata. I have aunts, uncles, and cousins in Japan. My mother left in the 60’s for the U.S. and never looked back. We have not yet been able to get a hold of anybody from my mom’s family. I know I have a cousin Yoshi, who is the son of Masako and Kichiro. Any relation? Well either way I will be reading more of your work. Good luck with all.

    Aimee Griffiths

    • Thanks, Aimee. Kamata is actually a pretty common family here, and Yoshi is a pretty common name as well. But we might be distantly related. Who knows?!

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