am tongue tied in Japanese.
Okamura Farm is named after my maternal grandmother’s family.
My Dad is an only child who came to the US when he was 13 and didn’t know any english. Though he initially assumed his American stepfather's last name Black, he later changed his last name to Okamura.
My dad didn’t want to confuse us by teaching us Japanese.
I wish I knew more Japanese. I tried to take a community ed class as an adult and felt like my brain was made of concrete.
Okamura means hill village. I have two sisters who both changed their names when they married. I didn’t take my husband’s last name, though I encouraged him to take mine—he didn’t go for it. Apparently when it comes to the family name, the buck stops here!
#backtowork #hillvillage #peace