aisatsu: Greetings.

ano: Well, that.

baishakunin: A formal match-maker for arranged weddings, a go-between.

bokushikan: A parsonage.

But my name is Shiro: Shiro means 'a fourth son' in Japanese.  "I am the second son, but my name means the fourth son."

Etajima: A naval academy in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Four is Japanese death: "Four" in Japanese is "shi" which has the same sound as the word for "death" and therefore Japanese people consider the number four an unlucky number.

gakugeikai: A school talent show.

Garden Grove-e: (Return) to Garden Grove.

hakujin: Caucasian(s), white(s).

Hamamatsu: A city in Shizuoka Prefecture.

hebi: Snake.

Hiroshima: A western city in Honshu Island.

Hiroshima-ken: Hiroshima Prefecture

hone ga aru: Literally means "there is a bone", but here it means "the rice is undercooked."

hontō: Really.

Issei: First generation Japanese immigrants in America.

jinrikisha: A rikshaw.

kaerimashō: Let's go back.

kanji: Chinese characters used in Japanese writing.

karō: a minister of a feudal lord.

ken: A prefecture (equivalent to a state in the USA).

kenritsu: A prefectural school (considered superior to private schools).

kimono: A robe with wide sleeves and a sash, part of the traditional costume of Japanese men and women.

konna: Such as this; like this.

korokke:  a croquette, a deep-fried ball of mashed potato mixed with ground beef and minced vegetables.

Kure: A city in Hiroshima Prefecture.

mantetsu: The South Manchuria Railway in northeastern China.

Meiji: The era of Meiji Emperor (1868-1912).

mitakumonai: Don't want to see.

Mitsui Ginko's: Mitsui Bank's.

Miyagi-ken: Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, where Sendai is the capital city.

Morioka: A northern city in Honshu Island.

Nagasaki: A western city in Kyushu Island.

nagaya-tte: So-called row house.

nakōdo: A go-between, a match-maker.

nanbu-han datta tonosama no: Of the feudal lord of Nanbu clan.

nani mo shiranai: I don't know anything.

ne: An interjection meaning; I suppose, you know.

nichigo: A Japanese speaking (minister).

Nisei(s): American born children of Japanese immigrants; second generation Japanese American.

no: Of.

Obaasan: A grandmother.

Ojiisan: A grandfather.

raku: Comfortable.

samurai: Warrior, the ruling class of Japan between 1192 and 1868.

sekiri: Dysentery.

Sendai Shōkei Jogakkō: Sendai Shokei Women's School.

Sendai: A major northern city on Honshu Island.

Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi-ken: Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, which is the westernmost prefecture on Honshu Island.

shizoku: A warrior class (the ruling class); descendant of a Samurai.

Shizuoka-ken: Shizuoka Prefecture near Mt. Fuji.

sōsho: The cursive style of penmanship.

tanoshii: Fun, joyful.

teriyaki: A Japanese sauce with soy sauce, rice wine and sugar.

Tono, Iwate-ken: Tono city in Iwate Prefecture.

tsukemono: Pickled vegetables.

tsumetai: Cold, unfriendly.

uma no tanoshii: (A place) where the horses have fun.

uma to: with horses.

uma: Horse.

undōkai: An athletic meet; a field day.

uranai: Will not sell.

usotsuki: Liar.

yancha: A tomboy.