Heritage Gateways

Official Sesquicentennial K-12 Education Project
sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education, the BYU-Public School Partnership and the Utah Education Network

Modern Pioneer Biographies

Osamu Sekiguchi

Osamu Sekiguchi and FamilyBorn: 1960

Osamu is rode on the wagon train with his family during the 1997 trek.

Image courtesy of: Heritage Gateway Project Images, These images have been gathered to support the Sesquicentennial celebration of the immigration to Utah.

Biography: About the Sekiguchi Family

Osamu (Sam) and his wife, Takako, live in Tokyo, Japan. They have lived in Provo, Utah to study at Brigham Young University. They decided to participate in the Pioneer Trail trek with his two sons, Yuji and Koji. At the time of the trek, Yuji (8) was in the third grade and Koji (6) was in the first grade of Nerima Higashi Elementary School.

Why did the Sekiguchis join the trek?
Osamu summarizes the reasons of their joining the Pioneer Trail trek.

  • Strengthening our family bond

I always wanted work harder on strengthening my family bond. And I always believed that it is my responsibility after all to teach children. It's not something I leave it to school. But I was too busy to spend time with my family and started to seek opportunities to discuss, work on and face the challenges to achieve one common goal as family.

Then I learned about the Pioneer Trail in which I thought was the best opportunity for our children to see the country where they were born while we were studying in U.S. as well as learn about the pioneer spirit - the power that built the country of the United States of America.