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Seeing New Years with New Eyes

Norio Umezu Hall

If Japanese Americans have a Norman Rockwell holiday, oshogatsu is it.

Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Passing on the Joy of Being Nikkei

Norio Umezu Hall

I love obon. Standing under strings of chochin, their warm light dotting indigo summer skies like fireflies always feels like coming home. They transform a liminal space — a street or a parking lot — into a destination. Hot dogs and hamburgers coexist with ikebana and enka without question. For just a few hours, all of …

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Norio Umezu Hall is a queer and trans Yonsei from California. He loves writing, watching films, and reading stories. During the day he writes for a national non-profit and in his off hours he loves spending time with his family and stargazing.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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