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Feb. 11, 2022 - June 14, 2024

What is Nikkei? Ryusuke Kawai, a non-fiction writer who translated "No-No Boy," covers a variety of topics related to Nikkei, including people, history, books, movies, and music, focusing on his own involvement with Nikkei.



Stories from this series

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No. 38 The Florida Emigrants made into a TV movie

Oct. 27, 2023 • Ryusuke Kawai

Kotaro Sudo in Miami Beach Writing a non-fiction book and receiving letters from readers with their thoughts and impressions is a great way to discover new things and is a joy. Two years ago, I received a letter through my publisher from a 91-year-old woman who said she had read my 2015 book, " Yamato Colony: The Men Who Left Japan in Florida " (Shunposha). "Yamato Colony" is a non-fiction book that follows the story of the Japanese colony that …

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No. 37 What were immigrant ships?

Oct. 13, 2023 • Ryusuke Kawai

Read "Seeing the World from Immigrant Ships: A Modern History of Japan's Sea Route Experiences." In Japan, an island nation, it is now common for people to travel abroad by airplane, apart from luxury liner cruises. However, at least until shortly after the war, the only way to travel was by ship. In other words, ships transported people, goods, and information as Japan opened up and modernized. Looking at the world at large, travel between continents was by ship, and …

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Vol. 36: Visiting the Immigration Museum in Wakayama City - On the way to Japan's coastline ⑤

Sept. 22, 2023 • Ryusuke Kawai

Wakayama Prefecture is an "immigration prefecture" that has produced many immigrants, as seen in the American Village in Mihama Town, Wakayama Prefecture, which faces the Kii Channel, and I had heard that Wakayama City has a facility that respects this history, the Immigration Materials Room, which collects materials related to not only Wakayama Prefecture but also immigrants. I had always wanted to visit it, so after leaving Mihama Town, I headed north along the coastline and visited the Wakayama City …

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Part 35: American Village in Mihama, Wakayama - On the way to Japan's coastline ④

Sept. 8, 2023 • Ryusuke Kawai

If you head towards the Kii Peninsula along the coastline from Ago Bay in Mie Prefecture, you will arrive at Kushimoto Town, the southernmost town on the main island of Honshu. In my previous article, I wrote about how men used to come from here to harvest pearl oysters (white pearl oysters) near Thursday Island in Australia, but there is another town along the coast further ahead where you can still find traces of people who were involved with overseas …

Thumbnail for #34 Riki Ito, a female pioneer of America-mura: On a journey along the Japanese coastline③
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#34 Riki Ito, a female pioneer of America-mura: On a journey along the Japanese coastline③

Aug. 11, 2023 • Ryusuke Kawai

Bring on the immigration fever In the previous article (No. 32) , "From Americamura in Shima City, Mie Prefecture," I introduced the fact that Takeuchi Kosuke, the grandfather of Takeuchi Toshikazu, the owner of a jazz cafe that I stopped at during my trip, traveled to the United States and compiled the history of the Japanese community that was formed in San Pedro near Los Angeles in a book called "The Development Record of the San Pedro Compatriots." Kosuke was …

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No. 33 Pearl oysters in Australia - A journey along the Japanese coastline ②

July 28, 2023 • Ryusuke Kawai

I knew that there had been Japanese people going to Australia to collect white pearl oysters (commonly known as pearl oysters) since the Meiji period, but while traveling along the coastline of the Kii Peninsula from Mie Prefecture, I happened to hear from someone who told me that his grandfather had been one of those people. There used to be a shipyard called Kyoryoku Shipyard in Ise City, Mie Prefecture. In the summer of 1956, a deep-sea tuna fishing boat …

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Author in This Series

Journalist and non-fiction writer. Born in Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Keio University, he worked as a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun before going independent. His books include "Yamato Colony: The Men Who Left Japan in Florida" (Shunpousha). He translated the monumental work of Japanese American literature, "No-No Boy" (Shunpousha). The English version of "Yamato Colony," won the 2021 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award for the best book on ethnic groups or social issues from the Florida Historical Society.

(Updated November 2021)

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