Meticulously researched and beautifully written, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II—an epic tale of family, separation, divided loyalties, love, reconciliation, loss, and redemption—this is a riveting chronicle of U.S.–Japan relations and the Japanese experience in America.
After their father’s death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara—all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest—moved to Hiroshima, their mother’s ancestral home. Eager to go back to America, Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army.
As the war raged on, Harry, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, moving ever closer to the enemy—and to his younger brothers. But before the Fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the U.S. detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family.
Alternating between the American and Japanese perspectives, Midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima—as never told before in English—and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Intimate and evocative, it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time.
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About the Author
Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is an American historian. Fluent in Japanese, she lived in Kyoto and Tokyo for seventeen years. She works as an expert consultant on Japan-related projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and has taught in the University of Hawaii system. She is on the faculty at Punahou School in Honolulu.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xiii
Prologue: Shockwave 1
Part I American Born, Bicultural Bred
1 At Home in Auburn 9
2 Hiroshima Sojourn 24
3 Growing Pains 35
4 The Great Depression 45
5 Ivory Bones and Leaden Ashes 54
Part II Adrift in Two Countries
6 Land of the Rising Sun 67
7 A Sorrowful Homecoming 90
8 Hazing in Hiroshima 102
9 Panic In Los Angeles 119
10 Silence from Glendale to Hiroshima 137
Part III The War on the Home Fronts
11 Incarcerated in California 151
12 The Empire's Home Front 162
13 Arizona Sandstorms 169
14 A Balmy Winter in Minnesota 183
15 Mary's North Star 193
16 Rations and Spies in Hiroshima 201
Part IV The War in the Pacific Theater
17 Suspicious from the Start 211
18 To the Front with a Typewriter 219
19 No Season for Cherry Blossoms 227
20 Taking New Guinea 231
21 Pierce's Stay of Execution 238
Part V Dooms Day Overture
22 A Stunning Encounter in Sarmi 243
23 Glacial Change in the Jungle 255
24 The "Red Paper" Draft 262
25 Extremes in the Philippines 272
26 Brothers at War 282
27 The Atomic Bomb 296
Part VI The Aftermath
28 Bittersweet Reunion 315
29 A Troubling Letter 333
30 Peace and Redemption 341
Epilogue: At Ease in Honolulu 355
Selected Bibliography 413
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful book sharing the true story of a family caught on both sides of WWII. Unforgettable.
This remarkable book about a family caught between two worlds during WWII is one that you will remember. The true story about the Fukuhara family reads like a novel. With great care and love, the author shares their rich story involving Japanese immigrants navigating a new culture in America, the return of of some of them to Japan while others face living in an internment camp, the hardships of war on different sides of the conflict, and the love and ties of a family throughout it all. The details are fascinating, moving and inspiring. You will linger over the family’s photos included in the book, wanting to keep the Fukuharas with you after you are done. This is a book to savor, treasure and remember.