“It started off in Hiroshima, it made its way to Los Angeles by ship, and then by ship to Houston because it’s a port in Houston. It was released at that time and by truck it was brought here,” Imahara said.
And there it will stay, facing west toward Japan. It’s now the centerpiece of a legacy garden and a proud American family.
“My wife and I, we are both Japanese-American. We look at what’s going on and we can’t believe that there’s still prejudice. It has not disappeared… in a different form, but it’s still here, and we hope they can realize that we live here in America. We’re all Americans,” Imahara said.
The Imahara Legacy Garden is open to the public. Admission is free. You can find it on the grounds of Hemingbough, located at 10101 LA-965 in St. Francisville, La.