The friendships generated between the Austin and Nakada families as neighbors shows how the postwar US-Japan relationship developed on a more personal level in new contexts during the postwar period, with these two families as neighbors representing a microcosm of more general trends. As social elites from the United States and Japan, the two neighboring families shared more in common than their differences. The images in the Collection show the Austins and Nakadas enjoying a celebration of the New Year, through such longstanding Japanese traditions as pounding mochi rice, and feasting on festival food and drink. Yoshinao Nakada, a child in Tony Austin's age cohort, played with the two boys as a youth, and later stayed with the Austin family during the summers as he attended prep school in Massachusetts and completed his doctoral work in physics at Harvard University. Dr. Nakada worked as a scientist for Bell Labs, and engaged in research in the US and Japan, creating many notable inventions in fiber-optics. Dr. Nakada's sister, Keiko, received her Master's Degree from Florida State University in 1962, and would spend her holidays with the Austins.
Dr. Nakada's grandfather was Nakada Kinkichi (1865-1926), a graduate of Tokyo Imperial University and former Tokyo Court of Appeal's Judge, who served as the fourth generation director of the Sumitomo Corporation in his final years.
These three images show the Nakada Family and their descendants in 2014 during their family reunion in Maui, Hawaii, almost seventy years after they met the Austins as their neighbors during the Allied Occupation of Japan.