Glorified Rice (4:05)

Hiroe Shibata Hosna

Hiroe’s husband grew up on a farm in North Dakota, and that’s where he brought his Japanese bride in 1955. For a girl from Tokyo, it was like another planet.   No people, vast unbroken horizon, the routines of farm life and in-laws who, while initially opposed to their only son marrying a Japanese, welcomed her and tried to make her feel at home. The one thing that Hiroe yearned for, however, was rice. Her husband told his mother, and so at dinner the next day….