Brothers Matsuei & Tokio Ajitomi

The Awakening of a Sansei Beneficiary

Robert Ajitomi grew up seeing the handsome, young faces of two men dressed in Army uniforms near the butsudan (Buddhist altar) of his family home in Kalihi Valley on Oahu. During the summer obon (festival to welcome home the spirits of the deceased) season, he faced the butsudan and offered prayers to long-deceased family members. But like his four siblings, Robert, a Sansei (third-generation … Continue reading Brothers Matsuei & Tokio Ajitomi