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Nikkei Chronicles #13—Nikkei Names 2: Grace, Graça, Graciela, Megumi?
Kinky, Ken-boh, Gacha-ba
The old cliche, “What’s in a name?” Names like “Mad Dog” and “S…

Chuck Tasaka • July 17, 2024




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My Name is Neal
Journal Entry #24 Little Hours: "Intention > Actualization..."
A weekly visual journal/cartoon about an easily-annoyed fourth generation American of Japanese desc…

Neal Yamamoto • July 13, 2024

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Featured Stories

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Nikkei Chronicles #5—Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture
The Chuo Gakuen School: The Seeds of Prestige for the Japanese Community in Mexico
For 72 years, the Chuo Gakuen school has provided Japanese language and cultural education to Nikke…

Sergio Hernández Galindo • June 3, 2016

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Bisa AIKO and her 102nd birthday
“Congratulations, Bisa , on your birthday” and a smiling grandmother AIKO receives, from each of he…

Katsuo Higuchi • Feb. 17, 2023

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Nikkei Chronicles #3—Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?
The Child of a Thousand Generations
The story of my middle name brought pride and also pressure to me at a young age. My middle name is…

Chanda Ishisaka • Nov. 24, 2014

Series

Japanese Companies Active in Brazil Today

Tomoko Oura • Oct. 6, 2023 - July 19, 2024

Japanese companies in Brazil have continued to operate even amid the harsh conditions of the pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to calm down and new values ​​aimed at sustainability are required, this series will introduce the current status of …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Amina Abuthahir +130 • Dec. 15, 2016 - July 18, 2024

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column is a space for the Nikkei community to share stories through diverse writings on culture, history, and personal experience. The column will feature a wide variety of poetic form and subject matter with themes that …

Much Mahalos

Lee A. Tonouchi • Oct. 11, 2023 - July 9, 2024

In this series, acclaimed author "Da Pidgin Guerrilla" Lee A. Tonouchi uses the language of Hawai‘i Creole, a.k.a. Pidgin, to talk story with accomplished and up-and coming Japanese/Okinawan Americans from Hawai‘i. Interviewees discuss their passions, their triumphs, as well as their …

11th Annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest

Brandon Tadashi Chung +6 • June 3, 2024 - July 8, 2024

Each year, the Little Tokyo Historical Society’s Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest heightens awareness of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo by challenging both new and experienced writers to write a story that captures the spirit and essence of Little Tokyo and the people …

Canadian Nikkei Series

Norm Masaji Ibuki • March 13, 2014 - July 4, 2024

The inspiration for this new Canadian Nikkei interview series is the observance that the gulf between the pre-WW2 Japanese Canadian community and the Shin Ijusha one (post-WW2) has grown tremendously. Being “Nikkei” no longer means that one is only of Japanese …

Ken Nakazawa Rediscovered

Greg Robinson • May 12, 2024 - June 2, 2024

This series recovers the life and writings of Ken Nakazawa, a multi talented Issei playwright, essayist, and critic who taught at USC in the prewar era. Nakawaza was one of the first ethnic Japanese to hold a position as professor …

Discover Nikkei Updates

NIKKEI CHRONICLES #13
Nikkei Names 2: Grace, Graça, Graciela, Megumi?
What’s in a name? Share the story of your name with our community. Submissions now open!
VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Nikkei Uncovered IV: a poetry reading
Join us virtually and enjoy poetry by Matthew Mejia, Christine Kitano, and Mia Ayumi Malholtra.
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