Posted by: senseimeri | April 22, 2011

R.I.P. Brandon Hocking

About a month ago, my cousin Brandon Hocking was killed in Iraq by injuries from a bomb. He was 24 years old, and he had a wife and children. Before I returned to Japan, I was fortunate to be able to attend to his funeral in Seattle.

In Japan, there has been so much crisis ever since the earthquake. Of course the Japanese nation has suffered so much until now. But for those of us who are alive, especially in Tokyo, should really be thankful that we are not fighting in a war and that we still have food and water readily available for us.

Lets continue to be grow, and we can be stronger than ever before. We now have a chance to think about our priorities and think about what kind of country our children and grandchildren will live in. Now is the time, and now is our chance to make a better life for ourselves and for others.

For those of you who’d like to read more about my cousin, here are some articles:



  1. Dear sensei,

    As for the Us army soldier,He and his family had to determine to die in action,but I don’t know what to say I can’t imagine how you and his family feel.I just say 「I’m so sorry for your loss.」
    Yes, I will follow your Opinion,Let’s face up harsh reality,and make a best of it,


    • thank you very much 🙂

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