Kuto had always been a bit of an outsider. He was born in Guatemala, but his parents were from Japan. Growing up, he never really felt like he fit in with either culture. He was too dark for the Japanese and too light for the Guatemalans. His hair was a honey blonde color that made him stand out even more. And to top it all off, he had a crew cut – something that wasn’t common in either culture.

As a result of feeling like an outsider, Kuto developed a bit of an “I don’t care” attitude. He didn’t care what other people thought of him and he certainly didn’t care about fitting in. He was content to just be himself – even if that meant being alone sometimes.

But there was one thing that Kuto couldn’t help but feel disgusted by: violence. He saw it all around him, whether it be the gang violence in his neighborhood or the political violence that often erupted in Guatemala City. It sickened him and made him want to leave his country altogether.

And so, when he turned 18, Kuto did exactly that. He packed up his belongings and moved to Japan – the place of his ancestors