I met Joe through my husband, Katsuhisa Sakai. Joe was an avid collector of Sakai's sculptures. He was one of our dearest friends for more than 30 years. When my son Sakae was thinking about studying law, Joe gave Sakae good advice. When Sakae passed the bar, Joe celebrated with us. When Sakae got married in Vancouver last summer, Joe came to the wedding. He was Uncle Joe.
But what made Joe very special to me was that he and I were both born in March, only three days apart. So we always celebrated our birthdays together. This year, I was in Japan on my birthday. Joe e-mailed me to wish me a happy birthday. He wrote, "Your big day may be over in Tokyo, but it's your birthday here in LA. Celebrate again. Everyone here sends their best wishes for a great day!" I was looking forward to getting together with him in Los Angeles. But he past away two days later. I really miss our good friend, Joe. Love and Peace.