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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Wonder

Curtiss Takada RooksMariko Fujimoto Rookstraci kato-kiriyama

To close out 2020 and recognize it as a time of challenge, reckoning and coming together, we are excited to end on a strong and beautiful note with this month's feature. We are happy to host the return to Nikkei Uncovered by Mariko Fujimoto Rooks and, this time, feature Mariko …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Moonlight

Boshichō Okamuratraci kato-kiriyama

We have the immense pleasure of presenting several haiku from Boshichō Okamura for November. Ever since his grandson, Michael Okamura (of the Little Tokyo Historical Society), began sharing his haiku with me, I've dreamed of recreating a haiku club in Little Tokyo in homage to the Agosto-Sha poetry club that …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Reflections

Yukiya Jerry Wakitraci kato-kiriyama

Hello to you all in the midst of October and the beginning of our final quarter for 2020. I’ve asked the folks we’re featuring this quarter to share pieces of reflection, whether of the immediate, or of a lifetime thus far. Today’s piece from San Francisco-based, Shin-Nisei, Yukiya Jerry Waki, …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Regreso

Juan de la Fuente Umetsutraci kato-kiriyama

En este mes, tenemos el honor de presentar un único poema de Juan de la Fuente Umetsu, poeta, periodista y editor nacido en Lima, Perú, en 1963. Tras leerlo usando una traducción informal (léase: Google translate) del poema, le pedí a mi pareja que llamara a su madre, una pianista que …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Inspiration

Amy UyematsuG Yamazawatraci kato-kiriyama

Hello Discover Nikkei network! I am beyond thrilled this month to bring this pair of poets to the Nikkei Uncovered poetry column. LA-born and raised, veteran Sansei poet and our inaugural feature for the column back in 2016, Amy Uyematsu returns to us with a beautiful piece about Tanko Bushi …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

What we hold - Part Two

Christine MiyazatoDonna GhassemiSeiji IgeiAmina AbuthahirNora Fujita-YuhasMiyako Noguchitraci kato-kiriyama

Over the past several years, Vigilant Love (an organization working towards safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence), has hosted a community Iftar bringing together hundreds of Muslim, Japanese American and other LA community members in the spirit of many years of solidarity practice between our communities. …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

What we hold

Asuka LinAaysha MemonChristie YamasakiAngie AzadSafira PatelYukino TorreyElise Umetsutraci kato-kiriyama

Over the past several years, Vigilant Love (an organization working towards safety and justice of communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence), has hosted a community Iftar bringing together hundreds of Muslim, Japanese American, and other Los Angeles community members in the spirit of many years of solidarity practice between our …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

On the inside

Vicky K. Murakami-TsudaJoy Yamaguchitraci kato-kiriyama

Welcome to another special edition of Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column. Two staff I work closely with at the Japanese American National Museum, public programs extraordinaire Joy Yamaguchi and digital guru Vicky Murakami-Tsuda, allowed me to facilitate a process with them to write poetry grounded in this particular era of …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Comfort

Kendall TaniSusan Yamamuratraci kato-kiriyama

This month, we feature California-based Yonsei writer, Kendall Tani, and Arizona-based Sansei writer, Susan Yamamura. Susan’s is a lighthearted parody poem that heralds where we look for some solace during a time of major strife, while Kendall’s first piece featured here, soft bodies, speaks to a relationship with oneself through …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Spare Abundance

Courtney OzakiMargaret Ozaki Gravestraci kato-kiriyama

In a time of ever changing and heightened needs for social distancing, self isolation and attention to the greatest ways we can care for oneself and each other, I’m grateful to still be able to share two short poems from artists Courtney Ozaki and Margaret Ozaki Graves, both of whom …

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Pronouns: she/her. writer/actor/theatre deviser/community organizer/educator/facilitator/author; current director/co-founder for Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe art+community series in Little Tokyo; author for Writ Large Press; writer/actor of PULLproject Ensemble with aerialist/actor Kennedy Kabasares; steering committee member of the VigilantLove network against violence and Islamophobia (and for justice, solidarity and love by any means necessary:); member of the Okaeri Nikkei LGBTQ network.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • art (performance and visual; contemporary and traditional); politics; spiritual practices/religious history; Nikkei diaspora.

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