"…rich, historically fascinating document of the Japanese war bride experience…a wonderful contribution to Japanese history, U.S. history, and Japanese American history…"
– Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D., Professor of Theatre, resident
playwright, and Director of Dramatic Writing at the University of
Southern California School of Theatre
"In a stunning tribute to his wife of 45 years, Michael Forrester's Tsuchino, My Japanese War Bride is a compelling narrative that gives readers history and insight into the little-known and understudied story of Japanese war brides in America.
"Before leaving to serve in the US military in the occupation of Japan, New York-born Irish Catholic Forrester was cautioned by his grandmother to not return home with a Japanese bride! Fortunately, Michael Forrester did not heed the warning and in 1958, he married Tsuchino Matsuo – a strong-willed and determined woman who confounds any stereotypes readers might have had about Japanese war brides. Michael and Tsuchino's story of love transcends cultural and language barriers at a time in American history when marriage between two different races was a rare occurrence."
– Regina F. Lark, Ph.D.
UCLA Center for the Study of Women and Women's Studies Programs
"We are impressed that you have come a long way in creating such an ambitious life, and have been eventually rewarded as both of you are happily enjoying the fruits of your efforts today. We only hope that you continue to bridge the cultures of Japan and the United States through your daily life, and promote our real and eternal friendship."
- – The Honorable Tadahiro/Toshiko Abe
- Consul General of Japan, Seattle, Washington