Issei: First-generation Japanese immigrant in America.

Nisei: American-born children of Japanese immigrants; second-generation Japanese Americans.

obasan: Aunt; middle-aged lady.

samurai: Japanese warrior or military class during feudal times in Japan.

Sansei: American-born grandchildren of Japanese immigrants; third-generation Japanese Americans.

Sensei: A teacher.

yasashii: Tender, kind.

Yonsei: American-born great-grandchildren of Japanese immigrants; fourth-generation Japanese American.