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Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Generations

Nikkei Chronicles #10
Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Welcome to the 10th edition of Nikkei Chronicles! For this momentous milestone, we thought it would be an excellent time to look at stories from multiple generations and communities of Nikkei. The theme of this edition—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities—takes a look at intergenerational relationships in Nikkei communities around the world, with a particular focus on the emerging younger generations of Nikkei and how they connect (or don’t) with their roots and with older generations. In the process, we hope to gain insight into how global Nikkei communities are evolving overall.

  • What are relations like among the generations in your community?
  • What do you bond over, what do you argue about?
  • How have things changed, and how have they not?
  • How do you see your customs, language, and relationships evolving as time goes on?
  • How are younger Nikkei being engaged in your community?
  • Who are some fascinating younger Nikkei that you know, and what are they up to?
  • How can we nurture our connections to one another even as the world around us keeps changing?
  • What does the future of your Nikkei community look like?
  • What kind of legacies do you want to leave for your community?

We are excited to read your writings on this rich topic! Personal stories, memoirs, interviews/Q&As, essays, research, and reviews are all welcome. All works submitted to Nikkei Chronicles 10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities that meet the project guidelines and criteria will be published in the Discover Nikkei Journal on a rolling basis as part of the Nikkei Generations series. Authors may submit multiple entries. 

Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. PDT.


All stories submitted that meet the project guidelines will be eligible for selection as the Nima-kai community favorite. Four additional stories (one each in English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese) will be selected by the editorial committee. Selected articles will be featured and translated into Discover Nikkei’s other site languages.

Submission Guidelines

In order to include your story in the project, please review the following instructions:


All submissions must be related to Nikkei experiences, history, and/or culture. Articles must meet the following length, format, and languages criteria:

  • Accepted writing formats: Personal stories and essays, memoirs, academic papers, book reviews, and other prose genres. For this particular project, we are not accepting poetry or video submissions.

  • Accepted languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese

  • Length: English, Spanish, and Portuguese articles should be about 600–1,500 words. Japanese articles should be about 1,000–2,500 characters.

  • Foreign words should be italicized.
    For example: My tio Frank made a bento for lunch.
  • All articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. We will NOT accept PDF or printed copies.

  • Previously published works are ok with copyright permission cleared by the author, but your submission cannot be previously published on Discover Nikkei. All copyrights for the piece will remain with the copyright owner, but upon submission, permission is granted to Discover Nikkei to publish the work on our website and with any other publication (electronic or print) in collaboration with the project.

Note: If you have other types of Nikkei-related stories that don't fit within the project theme, you can still submit them! Check out our regular Discover Nikkei Journal submission guidelines.


For this series, applicants MUST submit at least 1 photo to illustrate your story.

  • .jpg or .gif files—150 dpi, at least 1000 pixels wide preferred. If you do not have the capability to resize the image, send us the large file and we will do it.

  • Only submit images for which you either own copyrights or have secured permission to use for this purpose.

  • Provide a caption and/or photo credit for each image if necessary.

  • Do not include images within the Word file. Send image files separately.


  • Submit a short 3–5 sentence bio written in the same language of the article that you are submitting.

  • Send a portrait of the author as a .jpg or .gif file at 150dpi, at least 500 pxl x 500 pxl. The photo will be cropped to a square image. If you do not have the capability to resize or crop the image, send us the file and we will crop the image for you.
  • Articles written by multiple authors are accepted. In this case, please submit a bio and portrait separately for each author.

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for submissions will be rolling: May 1, 2021 until September 30, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PDT). Stories will be published on Discover Nikkei beginning in June, so don’t wait until the end to submit!

Multiple submissions are accepted; however we only accept email submissions.


Disclaimer: By submitting your story, you are granting Discover Nikkei and the Japanese American National Museum permission to post your article and images on, and potentially other publications in print or online affiliated with this project. This includes any translations of your work in association with Discover Nikkei. You, the writer, will retain copyright. Check Discover Nikkei’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy for more details.


Editorial Committee

    Christine Piper is a mixed-race Japanese-Australian author. Her debut novel, After Darkness (Allen & Unwin 2014), is a story about a Japanese doctor interned as an enemy alien in Australia during World War 2. It won The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, and is currently studied by Year 12 English students in the state of Victoria. She also won the 2014 Guy Morrison Award for Literary Journalism and the 2014 Calibre Essay Prize for her creative non-fiction essay “Unearthing the Past,” about civilian activists in Japan and the nation's conflicted wartime memory.

    Shigeru Kojima was born and raised in Sanjo City, Niigata. He graduated from the Sophia University and received a Master’s degree in history from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil. After teaching at places such as the Tokyo Gakugei University, he took part in the establishment of the JICA Yokohama Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. He is a researcher (on call) at the Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences at the Waseda University. He studies the immigration history and immigrants. His publications include “Nikkei community no shorai to matsuri” in The Nanboku America no Nikkei bunka (Jimbun Shoin, 2007); “Nihonjin imin no rekishi kara zainichi nikkeijin wo kangaeru - Brazil ijyu 100 shunen to nikkei no shosou” in Asia Yugaku 117 (Bensei, 2008); and “Kaigai ijyu to imin, hojin, nikkeijin” in Higashi Asia no Diaspora (Akashi Shoten, 2011).

    Sebastian Kakazu is an Argentinian Sansei living in Paraguay. As a professional certified coach of the International Coaching Federation, he is Founder and CEO of Kenmei Coaching, Inc. a human development and life quality company. He is the author of the book Kaizen Coaching. Sebastian is a past-President of Centro Nikkei Argentino and Pan American Nikkei Convention (COPANI) 2013 in Argentina. He is the founder and 1st coordinator of DALE! International Nikkei Youth Exchange Program. He has been recognized internationally, including receiving the Honor Diploma from Japanese Embassy in Argentina, the JICA scholarship in Kaizen & 5S in Yokohama, Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship for Nikkei Leaders, and Best Practice Chair in Vistage Paraguay.

    Claudio Hajime Kurita he has a degree in Advertising and currently serves as Events and Operations Director at Japan House São Paulo, a global project of the Japanese government. He worked for more than nine years at São Paulo City Hall and acted as Project Manager at Save the Children in Mexico. He held a scholarship at the IADB Youth Leadership Program in the U.S., took part in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Youth Leaders Program, and studied National Development at the National Defense University (Republic of China) in Taiwan. In a volunteer capacity, he serves as Director of Bunkyo [Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Welfare], President of the Japanese Pavilion Commission, and Vice President of the Pan-American Nikkei Association of Brazil.


Thanks to Jay Horinouchi for designing our Nikkei Generations logo, and our wonderful volunteers and partners who help us review, edit, upload, and promote this project!

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Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. PDT.



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