Photos of Family

I asked Gardiner if she could share photos from when she was little. Through these photos I feel as though I get a glimpse of her history and history that connects her and I via Japanese roots. Connecting the dots. I am left with more questions.


Gardiner, Chicago’s cold cold winter. She tells me she does not take a selfie often enough that this is one of the only she has. It is August right now but I like the cooling effect it has.

Her first yukata, which she says is probably made by her grandmother, Funo Ushie, née Okada, who was a remarkable seamstress. – Chicago

Father and daughter. – Chicago

With grandfather, Mitsuzo Funo, and mother, Karen. – Seabrook, NJ

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