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Graciela Nakachi Morimoto


Graciela Nakachi Morimoto was born in Huancayo, Peru. At the age of four, her parents decided to live in Lima. She studied at the Jishuryo Japanese Primary School and at the “María Alvarado” secondary school. With a scholarship from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia (USA), she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in Biology. She studied Human Medicine and Pediatrics at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) and completed a Master's degree at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Fellow in Pediatrics at the University of Kobe, Japan, she worked as a pediatrician at the Policlinico and the Centenario Peruano Japonesa Clinic. She was an intensivist pediatrician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and head of the Emergency and Critical Areas Department at the National Institute of Children's Health (INSN) in Lima. She is a Senior Professor at the UNMSM Faculty of Medicine. Fond of reading, music and painting.

Last updated December 2023


Stories from This Author

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A wonderful challenge: reflections on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

May 24, 2024 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

It is wonderful what human beings can do when they set their minds to it. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games demonstrate that people can achieve admirable achievements, far beyond what we could have imagined, far above the problems caused by natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic. Many times it seems that we cannot achieve what we want. We forget the great value that comes with the process of continuing to try. The path we take to get to what we …

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A vision, a path

May 7, 2024 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

Opening roads What was a dream is today a reality. The footprints well left on the paths of life are not erased by time or by people's forgetfulness. For this reason, let us leave the memories of those who deserve it, in the eternity of words. Of the countless, one of them was my father. Masao Nakachi was an Issei with a great vision for the land that welcomed him. His relentless pursuit of knowledge in books, in everyday life, …

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Jishuryo: Santa Beatriz School those times of our childhood — Part 2

Jan. 31, 2024 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

Read part 1 >> At Jishuryo School, the afternoon classes were not as hard as the morning classes. Usually it was time to do Physical Education, Religion, English. An American father from the Maryknol Church came for the Religion classes. I remember that when he turned to the blackboard to write something, there was no doubt that one of the children would get into some mischief or get distracted. The father turned quickly and, without almost aiming, threw the chalk …

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Jishuryo: Santa Beatriz School those times of our childhood — Part 1

Jan. 30, 2024 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

A few days ago, after many years, I passed by Jishuryo (now Santa Beatriz Early Education Center), my old primary school. The large entrance gate to the school was closed. I saw that the gray wall that surrounded it is still there, but above it no longer protrude, as before, the crowns of pine trees or the tall stems and leaves of the bamboos of the entrance gardens. The Jishuryo from the fifties to the eighties that I remembered, inseparable …

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The little immigrant — Part 3: Jauja

Dec. 18, 2023 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

*Continued from part 2 , the following story is told by the author's father, Masao Nakachi, from a first-person narration..... I had finally arrived in Jauja. I was greeted by a beautiful blue sky crossed by few white clouds and a pleasant, soft, cool breeze. The city of Lima, almost always gray, bathed in sadness, had been left behind. I came determined to enter the Jauja sanatorium because the hard work and the humid climate of Lima seemed to have …

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The Little Immigrant — Part 2: Brushstrokes of history

Dec. 11, 2023 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

*Continued from part 1 , the following story is told by the author's father, Masao Nakachi, from a first-person narration..... I had arrived in Lima in 1926. I was only 16 years old and I looked smaller in size than the Lima residents who frequented the café where I worked. I didn't understand anything that was happening because I didn't know the language. I worked hard day and night to learn. I didn't know about politics, but in the cafe …

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The Little Immigrant — Part 1: When the Wind Calls

Dec. 4, 2023 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

My father, Masao Nakachi, was born in Motobu, Okinawa. He migrated to Peru very young. He only went to elementary school, but he never stopped dreaming of going to university. He was a man who managed to do a lot for the Japanese colony and for the land that welcomed him (Peru). He always remained humble, often alone in the shadows, sometimes forgotten, and finally recognized. He served as president of the Peruvian Japanese Association (APJ) in 1976-77. He received …

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Nikkei Chronicles #12—Growing Up Nikkei: Connecting with Our Heritage
Tea ceremony: When everyday life becomes art

Nov. 1, 2023 • Graciela Nakachi Morimoto

Every time I look at Japan, something always surprises me, from the aesthetic shape of its geographic map, almost in the shape of a dragon, to the soft falls of snow on the slopes of Mount Fuji, contrasting with those beautiful tones of its skies and mountains. landscapes that occur with the changes of season. This time I was fascinated to realize that tea drinking has become an art. The tea ceremony as an art is not recent. It came …

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