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Date Posted: 2001-09-21

Japan Update, I would like to thank you for the opportunity that your web site, guest book and weekly publication in Okinawa gave me this past year!

I am of Okinawan/American descent and I am now 37 years old. I grew up in the United States with my father and, over time, had lost contact with all of my Okinawan relatives (including my mother). Approximately one year ago, I stumbled upon the Japan Update website while trying to learn more about Okinawa. I found the web site to be quite interesting and was intrigued by the entries in the guest book. On a long shot, I thought that I would make an entry into the guest book with hopes that someone would contact me with some information about my Okinawan relatives. As it turned out (and unknown to me at the time), my entry was also printed in the Japan Update publication.

An American family stationed at Kadena AFB e-mailed me and extended a very gracious offer to assist me in my search for my family, including an invitation to come to Okinawa. I did come to Okinawa, and with the assistance of several other individuals at Kadena AFB, I was able to meet my uncle, three aunts and a cousin. It was a wonderful experience and I have even located some of my Okinawan relatives on the west coast of the U.S.

I am hoping to bring my children to Okinawa some day, so that they can gain some insight into their Okinawan heritage as well. Again, many thanks Japan Update! ! !
Sonya (Carter) Fultz :sonyhoop@hotmai.com

P.S. Hello Nobuko, Chieko, Asako, Hirome, Kazuko, Noako, Isao, David, Christina, Josh, John, Sean and Sueko!

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