In a typical cactus field in México. My grandfather as a young boy, Pepe (Kunio) Komatsu, and his mother, Tokino Arai, a shinshu apple harvester from Nagano, Japan. She was sent as a mail-order bride to México on request of my great-great grandfather, pictured on the right.

In a typical cactus field in México. My grandfather as a young boy, Pepe (Kunio) Komatsu, and his mother, Tokino Arai, a shinshu apple harvester from Nagano, Japan. She was sent as a mail-order bride to México on request of my great-great grandfather, pictured on the right.

Grandfather with his Ojiichan, Jun Komatsu, a Japanese migrant also from Nagano, Japan. He migrated with his son, Masanobu Komatsu, to Latinamerica prior to World War II. After a few years in Cuba, they arrived in my hometown of Cuernavaca, where they settled.

Grandfather with his Ojiichan, Jun Komatsu, a Japanese migrant also from Nagano, Japan. He migrated with his son, Masanobu Komatsu, to Latinamerica prior to World War II. After a few years in Cuba, they arrived in my hometown of Cuernavaca, where they settled.

Grandfather with my mother, Keiko Komatsu, half-japanese half-Mexican.

Grandfather with my mother, Keiko Komatsu, half-japanese half-Mexican.

Mother pregnant with me, next to her father.

Mother pregnant with me, next to her father.

Grandfather and I, less than a year old.

Grandfather and I, less than a year old.

Me and my grandfather. He was a very fun and loving man. He passed away at the young age of 52, when I was only 13 years old and had just moved from Mexico to the United States. So, I was never able to speak with him as an adult.

Me and my grandfather. He was a very fun and loving man. He passed away at the young age of 52, when I was only 13 years old and had just moved from Mexico to the United States. So, I was never able to speak with him as an adult.

Despite having a full-blooded Japanese grandfather, I’ve never looked particularly asian. So curious to know how much DNA I actually inherited from my mother’s father, I took a test from 23 and me. I was surprised to learned that about one third of my genes were Japanese, and that of my 4 grandparents, I inherited the most from my Japanese grandfather, Pepe.

Despite having a full-blooded Japanese grandfather, I’ve never looked particularly asian. So curious to know how much DNA I actually inherited from my mother’s father, I took a test from 23 and me. I was surprised to learned that about one third of my genes were Japanese, and that of my 4 grandparents, I inherited the most from my Japanese grandfather, Pepe.