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Japanese Eyes, American Heart: Volume II

Personal stories compiled by the Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board

“We were awakened by a ‘boom-boom’ sound like that of distant thunder on that Sunday morning.” So begin many of the stories in this book by Japanese Americans living in Hawaii on December 7, 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

These personal recollections, many of them written for the first time, capture the experiences and feelings of what it was like to be Japanese in Hawaii during World War II. Everything changed for all residents of the then Territory of Hawaii as the devastating attack sparked the entry of the United States into World War II. For Hawaii’s Japanese especially, who made up about 40 percent of the population, the ensuing war with an enemy who looked like them cast suspicion on aliens and American citizens alike. Yet during the war, no act of sabotage or espionage was ever committed by Hawaii’s Japanese.

As the second volume of Japanese Eyes, American Heart, this book complements the personal memoirs presented in the first book by nisei soldiers, who served with gallantry and distinction on the war front for our nation. Together they offer insights into a generation’s moment in history that challenged our country to live up to its democratic ideals and created new opportunities for the Japanese in Hawaii.

Hard cover. 224 pages. Book measures approximately 6 inches by 9 inches.

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Everything was perfect. My husband is a Veteran and enjoyed this gift very much. Thank you.

Enjoyed the book I always like reading real history.
One of the cups was completely destroyed, sent you an email when received got no reply, not happy on this
Got no geek patch or black tears.
What I did get intact (book & 1 cup) proved to be quite expensive…………

Loved it so much we bought it twice

My parents brought this shirt back as a souvenir for my 4 year old daughter. She wore it constantly until the day she discovered scissors 😭. She cut it up and was so proud of herself until I freaked out, then we both cried… I would usually take this opportunity to teach a lesson about scissors and say “sorry, you’re SOL.” But this gift was so loved and I felt she learned her lesson when she realized she had ruined it rather than improving it.

Great quality sticker

I bought it to put with my photo book and keepsakes from my trip to visit this incredible memorial.

Great coin

Just a beautiful tribute to those who served at Pearl Harbor on that fateful December 7th.