Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, accompanied by his wife Satomi, visited Seattle to participate in the annual Planetary Congress that took place Sept. 15-19.
On this occasion the consul general of Japan, Mitsunori Namba, hosted a welcome reception at his official residence on Queen Anne Hill, inviting about 60 guests from the local Japanese and Japanese American community, among others.
Hoshide was born in Tokyo and lived in New Jersey as a child for four years. During this time in America, when Hoshide was 4 years old, his father took him to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he saw his first space rocket – and the rest is history. ♦