Keeping the Ties (3:47)

Deacon Joe Sexton

There is little to suggest in Joe Sexton’s Philadelphia upbringing that he would be so connected to Japan into his 80s. His Japanese wife died of cancer a dozen years ago. But in Joe’s case, his wife’s roots are also his, and the impact of one young Japanese bride is that a retired Catholic deacon is a connoissuuer of ramen broth and treats as relatives a family in northern Japan, despite the barrier of distance and language.