Man Reunites With Birth Mother And Discovers The Restaurant In Japan She Named After Him.
He also hired a private detective, but neither the embassy nor the detective were able to find her.
Just as he had given up, Bruce was sitting at a wine bar at the Dulles International Airport with another military man named Admiral Harry Harris. Bruce told him he wanted to find his birth mom, and Bruce offered to help. Ten days later, Bruce was proven wrong when his phone rang.
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The Japanese Embassy had called and told him that they found his mother, Nobue Ouchi.
"'Colonel Hollywood we’re really pleased to tell you that we found your mother, Nobue Ouchi,'" Bruce recalled. “And I said, ‘Oh my gosh, this is wonderful. You’ve got to help me start writing this letter. And I want it to be accurate, and I want it to be culturally sensitive. And you’ve got to help me.’ ” The caller said, “There’s not going to be a letter. She’s going to call you at this phone number in 10 minutes, and she doesn’t speak English. Good luck!”
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After sending out urgent emails, Bruce found a translator for their conference call.
Moments later, his mother called. She was sobbing. Bruce told her how grateful he is, then he heard her speak, " I’m sorry. I don’t speak English.” Bruce listened to the interpreter and his mother talking. All he could hear was crying and talking. He recalled, “And I said, 'Stop, stop, stop. You’ve got to tell me what’s going on.'"
The interpreter told him, "Well, tomorrow is your mother’s 65th birthday, and the birthday present that she dreamed of her whole life is that you would come back to her."
She explained that his mother never married, “because she said in her heart there was only room for one man. And it was you, and she knew you would be back.” Then the translator told Bruce something he could hardly believe. His mother owned a restaurant and bar named Bruce. It turns out that Bruce's adoptive mother had given Nobue a photo of Bruce long ago along with the name they had given him. That's how Nobue knew to name her restaurant after him.
Bruce couldn't wait to see his mom so ten days later, he flew to Japan to meet his birth mother.
He was back in his village and found the restaurant, which was named after him. That's when he was able to meet Nobue, the woman who gave birth to him. Over the years, Bruce returned to Japan frequently to visit Nobue.
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