Teijiro, the father of Fujie needed to be trained to be a soldier before he started to work. Japanese military was mandatory before WWII. Teijiro carried around his English books and English Japanese Dictionaries all over the place. One day, he was found reading his English book. In those days in Japanese military, any private possession must be under permission of higher ranked officers. He was sent to his lieutenant to get permission to carry around his English books and dictionaries.
The lieutenant asked Teijiro why he carries English Books and dictionaries. Teijiro answered "I wanted to immigrate to US after I finish my military training." The lieutenant laughed. He told Teijiro that he must study hard to show Japanese Samurai Spirit to US after he immigrated to US. Teijiro got permission to openly study English.
After his military training for one year is over, he became a cargo ship crew.
It is not just San Francisco City area. Japanese stuff is everywhere. This picture left is the gate of San Mateo Japanese Garden
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