Born in Fresno in 1922, where he spent most of his life. His father, from Hiroshima, opened the Aki Company General Merchandise Store with his brother. Satoshi is the oldest of three, and has a brother and a sister. He attended Fresno High School, then Fresno State for a year and a half when World War Two started. He eventually completed a Geological Engineering degree at the University of Missouri, Rolla. He discusses his time in the Boy Scouts and the Japanese Congregational Church. In 1951 he married and had three children, but was widowed. Later, he met an old friend they got married. He discusses the businesses and churches in downtown Fresno and Japan Town/China Town. During the war he was sent to the Fresno Assembly Center, then to the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona. He talks about joining the Japanese American Citizens League and the Rotary Club.