Do you have a middle name? I'm sure most of you do. Native Japanese do not and are surprised that we, Japanese Americans do.
Most Japanese American first names are English and their middle names are Japanese and come directly from their grandparents, or is a combination of both grandparents names, or a Japanese name that their parents like.
Some Japanese Americans that I know don't have Japanese middle names but English or Hawaiian middle names...I guess it all depends on what your parents, grandparents decide.
Anyway, today is Girl's Day in Japan, but in Hawaii it is the memorial of my Grandpa's passing. I can't believe that it is 9 years since he's been gone and I wanted to share with you a little story.
When I was in elementary, my cousin and I were at her neighbor's house (I can't remember why we was there but I think her neighbor was watching us) and she made us tuna with kim chee sandwiches for lunch.
She toasted the bread, spread the tuna on and then added the won bok kim chee. At first I thought, this is a weird combination (I was a picky eater back then), but when I tasted it, it was delicious.
A few months later, when I visited my grandparents, we were having tuna sandwiches for lunch. I told my grandpa he should add some kim chee to his sandwich, so he did. After one bite, he said, "your middle name must be "eat""...I guess he liked it too.
Miss you Grandpa!