Category Archives: Japan

Children of Japanese Soldiers and Vietnamese Wives

Chasing the Father’s Shadow: Vietnamese Children of Japanese Soldiers

This was an interesting documentary by NHK World that looked at the children of Japanese soldiers and their Vietnamese wives. A friend sent me the link when I mentioned to him about attending a Japanese party here in Saigon there roughly 14 of the children were all half Japanese and half Vietnamese. This topic has […]

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Matsunaga from Saga, Japan

Patternz helps Japanese families find their family crests (kamon)

Matsunaga Family from Saga I have been very interested in researching the history of my Japanese mother’s family heritage. Growing up, she told me stories about the Matsunaga family in Japan. The Matsunaga are a samurai clan from historical Japan. Like all other samurai clans, their status was abolished with the elimination of the Han […]

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