Domo Arigatou Gozaimashita. Thank you so much. Okage Sama De. I am what I am because of you. After you left us yesterday at about noon, I sensed some relief for you. I feel stronger and optimistic for the future because of you. I know grandpa is waiting for you. I will honor the Karamatsu name and do my best. I look forward to continuing your legacy and I will tell my unborn children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren about you and grandpa.
I am so lucky to have met or become friends with grandpa's and your friends or relatives of grandpa and your friends, such as the late Mr. Kotake's son-in-law Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say, Mr. & Mrs. Shimoda, and Ken Abe. I never got to meet grandpa's friend, the late legendary attorney Wally Fujiyama but I know his son Jon. I also got to know Mrs. Hedani's son Ron. Past and present politicians, business persons, employees of Duty Free, and workers in the tourism industry come up to me to share stories about you and grandpa. Mr. Shimoda told me how grandpa, the late Mr. Kotake and him were active in business, politics, Jodo Shu, and socializing. I joked and said, “Wow, so you guys used to run Hawaii.” He replied with a light chuckle.
I know grandpa is advising me in politics and business. After all, he loved it. In fact, my mom told me when she first met with grandpa, the first thing he asked was if her father plays politics. Therefore, last night, I placed grandpa's picture in my office so he can continue to advise me if you don't mind.
I am glad I got to watch some of those Hawaii International Film Festival movies from Japan with you. I remember you telling me how much you enjoyed seeing “Crying Out Love At the Center of the World” at last Spring's Hawaii International Film Festival.
I enjoyed going to the services at Jodo Shu temple with you. I will cherish the times I danced at the bon dance with you and my sisters. I will help the temple just as you requested me to do.
I had a nice time at all the dinners I had with you. That meal at Alan Wong's Restaurant was good yeah.
I am glad you enjoyed attending all the Legislative Opening Days. This year's one was fun. After the entertainement on the House floor, you looked like you had a good time talking to all the people and eating the food we catered in my office. I am so happy you could be there with me.
Thank you for listening to all my goals and dreams. I will follow through on my five-year plan. I know you and grandpa will be there to see it. No matter what, just do my best right.
I am sure you will see Grandpa and Grandma Sakai. Like you, they were wonderful grandparents. I miss them a lot.
If I recall correctly, you told me that grandpa researched our family history in Japan and about a couple hundred years ago, four families were given the name “Karamatsu” for their community service by the lord of the prefecture. I remember you saying that there was one known samurai in our family and the rest were in various types of fields. I will do my best for you, grandpa, and all our ancestors.
I am so happy you were my grandma. You were awesome! Thinking of you puts a smile on my face. I will pray to you and when my time comes, please welcome me to the next world. Until then, I will take “Karamatsu” to the next level by living happy and honorably. I love you.
Sayonara, Jya mata aimasu made ni. Good bye, until we meet again.