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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Locale

Wataru EbiharaNina Chantraci kato-kiriyama

This month I was inspired by the Little Tokyo Candidates Forum that occurred at the top of the month, to present an opportunity for all current city council candidates a chance to speak with the community. The forum, with many passionate expressions for the neighborhood, made me think on locality, …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Harmonics

Nobuko MiyamotoGoh Nakamuratraci kato-kiriyama

This being the first month of a new year, I thought we’d present “poetics” with a different approach from any other edition of the column—to feature lyrics of two songwriters of different generations and share a bit of their music to boot. For January 2020, we have a song from …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

In Homage to Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Hiroshi Kashiwagitraci kato-kiriyama

As we come to our 4th December and third anniversary of Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column, it seemed very fitting to pay tribute to the recently departed poet, Hiroshi Kashiwagi. A beloved community member and writer for many generations, Hiroshi was the inaugural poet featured (alongside Amy Uyematsu) when we …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Remains

Hiromi YoshidaTerry Watadatraci kato-kiriyama

From Toronto-based writer, Terry Watada and Bloomington, Indiana-based poet, Hiromi Yoshida, are pieces that can be read as the remains of beings past, the memory of memories, the parts of a person embedded in our psyche or those aspects we wish to keep and uplift. Enjoy...

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

What spirits whisper...

Stan YogiNaomi Hiraharatraci kato-kiriyama

This month we are treated to two highly-lauded, accomplished writers and community heroes – Naomi Hirahara and Stan Yogi. Their pieces step out of each writer’s usual practice and into the poetry featured here (and we will surely feature more of their poetry in the future!). When I read through …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Presence

Nancy UyemuraAmy Honjiyotraci kato-kiriyama

This month, I sought out poems from Los Angeles-based Nancy Uyemura and Amy Honjiyo. I'd been asking Nancy for quite some time now to send me some writing ever since I learned she writes from time to time in the background of her beautiful art making career. Then, I saw …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Body

Greer Nakadegawa-LeeLauren Emiko Itotraci kato-kiriyama

How do memories, observations and spirits transfer through our bodies and onto the page? How does a poem reveal where we hold the gift and burden of memory in our body?

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Theme: (open)

Mya WorrellKahlil Kochiyamatraci kato-kiriyama

This month I wanted to leave the theme open and invite two young voices who are both incredibly active in community building work here in Los Angeles. Kahlil Kochiyama is a UCSB (University of California, Santa Barbara) student from the South Bay - his piece places us in his relationship …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Place/Displace

Amy Sanchez ArteagaMisael DiazMarina FukushimaIsak Immanueltraci kato-kiriyama

For this month’s column, I thought it would be a good time to feature the other artists in a residency we are sharing this summer in Little Tokyo (the +LAB Artists-in-Residence program, where five of us are here for three months working on various arts and community engagement projects in …

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Holding

Chisao HataKen Yoshikawatraci kato-kiriyama

This month’s column features two friends I made when I participated in a movement response workshop in Chicago last summer, led by Chisao Hata, featuring our physical reaction to poetics expressed by actor & poet Ken Yoshikawa. With the emphasis on an intergenerational lens through which we shared, I looked …

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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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