What Is Nikkei Food?

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Feb 202226
3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.


What differentiates “Nikkei food” from “Japanese food”? Is it how Nikkei families and communities combine traditional foods with local ingredients? How does the food you eat express your cultural identity? How does food help to connect your community and bring people together? What kinds of recipes have been passed down from generation to generation in your family?

Join us as we explore what is “Nikkei food” and the role that it plays in our families and communities around the world in this virtual program via Zoom. Japanese American writer, Gil Asakawa, will introduce and moderate the program. Shigeru Kojima (Japanese Overseas Migration Museum, Yokohama, Japan) will make a presentation about Nikkei food. Participants will then have the opportunity to participate in facilitated small group discussions about the topic.

The main presentations will be in English with simultaneous translations available in Spanish and Portuguese. Small group sessions will be led by facilitators in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In addition to the breakout sessions, the virtual rooms will be kept open for an hour following the formal program for an optional networking opportunity.

This program is FREE, but registration is required using the form below. Limited space is available, so sign up now!



This program is presented by JANM’s Discover Nikkei project. Community Partners: JCI-Brazil, Nikkei Australia, and Asociación Peruano Japonesa.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

  • 1 p.m. (Honolulu)
  • 3 p.m. (Los Angeles / Seattle / Vancouver)
  • 5 p.m. (Mexico City / Chicago)
  • 6 p.m. (Lima / New York / Toronto)
  • 8 p.m. (São Paulo / Buenos Aires)
  • 11 p.m. (London)

Sunday, February 27, 2022

  • 12 a.m. (Amsterdam)
  • 7 a.m. (Manila)
  • 8 a.m. (Tokyo)
  • 10 a.m. (Sydney)


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