TAMPA, Fla. -- Kyle Higashioka grew up surfing off the bluffs in Huntington Beach, Calif., which proclaims itself as Surf City. He can lay down some fierce heavy metal licks on his electric guitar, a skill that might be given away by the Iron Maiden socks he wears for workouts. His Spanish isn't bad, either.
In many ways, Higashioka grew up a quintessential Californian. But recently he has begun to explore his family's roots -- by learning to speak Japanese.
''My dad has always be
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