Keiko Moriyama

Keiko Moriyama is a Sansei born and raised in Los Angeles. She recently retired from a career in technology marketing and plunged into the world of travel writing. She was the Discover Nikkei 2019 Nima-kai Favorite with her essay, My Father Was a Tule Lake Resister. Her essay on Morocco was published in an anthology, Deep Travels: Souvenirs from the Inner Journey. As an avid traveler, she enjoys blogging about her adventures and is currently obsessed with exploring Tokyo neighborhoods. She currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband and orange tabby. 

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Updated April 2020

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Just 10 Weeks Ago

10 weeks ago, I joyfully drank sake and ate the best tonkatsu in Tokyo. 8 weeks ago, I toured snowy Hokkaido tasting their bounty of kombu, oysters, and uni. 6 weeks ago, I played Mahjong with my neighbors and won three rounds in a row. 4 weeks ago, I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the local pizzeria. Later that evening, our Governor called for a statewide shutdown. 2 weeks ago, the stock market crashed. How the world has changed. One moment we were celebrating the first day of 2020 with Oshogatsu ryori. Cheers to a new decade of hope and optimism! Two months later, the world impl…

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

My Father Was A Tule Lake Resister

I will forever admire my father’s strength and bravery. Despite the incredible challenges he endured during World War II as a young internee in America’s incarceration camps, he lived his life with passion and perseverance. My father was born in Santa Ana, California on June 6, 1921, to immigrant parents who operated a successful celery farm. When he was five-years-old, he and his parents moved back to Japan to care for his ill grandfather, where he spent the rest of his childhood. Many years later, my grandmother would tell me how smart and studious he was, and that he was a bor…

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