Every Sunday morning, before church, I go running with my youngest son along the paths winding through the University of Illinois Arboretum. Along the route, we pass Japan House. So it was only fitting to do a feature story on the man behind Japan House, Shozo Sato. He has an incredible story to tell, beginning with his early years in Japan during World War II.

This feature story in Illinois Alumni magazine also gave me the opportunity to interview Nick Offerman, star of the hit series, “Parks and Recreation.” Shozo Sato was Offerman’s mentor, or sensei, at the U of I. You can either read the story at this link–“Way of the Sensei”–or by clicking on the pages below.

By the way, the background image for these post shows beautiful flowering trees at Japan House.


–Doug Peterson

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