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When I got to Japan to live, 17 years ago, a lot of people asked me about . Since people here had grown up with American movies and TV they had often seen Thanksgiving in American cultural products, but many didn't know what the holiday commemorated.

Needless to say, explaining it was fraught. I would tell them about the "meal" it commemorated, when the Native Americans had found the early settler colonialists starving and had shared food with them, out of compassion and decency. For me, the history would hang at this point, and I would have to say...it didn't go well after that. We were not as grateful as the idea of the holiday would suggest. Land theft, genocide, brutality. And, we built a memory culture of how kindly we were treated before the brutalization.

Today, one more Thanksgiving in .

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