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A Token of Remembrance: Passing It On by Yuri Kochiyama

Yoshimi Kawashima

In 1998, then seventy-seven year old Yuri Kochiyama began writing her memoir, after years of contemplating what to leave her grandchildren in remembrance of their family’s heritage.  Whatever path they, or anyone who reads this memoir, choose to take, Yuri believes that, at the very least, one should be aware …

2009 Tanabata Festival

community history

What better way to connect to the community than through beautiful craft work? Surprisingly Nisei Week, the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association's Brian Kito, and the Japanese American National Museum …

Tanabata at JANM 2009


After witnessing the beautifully elaborate Tanabata decorations in Sao Paulo, the Discover Nikkei staff who went to Brazil in 2007 asked, Yoshihito Yonezawa, president of Nanka Miyagi Kenjinkai if he …

How Japanese is Japanese-American?

Yoshimi Kawashima

Are you Japanese?  Do you speak Japanese? You look Japanese.  Isn't your name Japanese?  These are questions that I have heard all of my life, and at times I felt that they tried too hard to constrict me into a nice neat mold.  I felt like the abstract block trying …

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Yoshimi is a former intern of Discover Nikkei during the summer of 2009 and started her engagement with the JA community when she joined the Nikkei Student Union and Kyodo Taiko team at UCLA during her college career.

Nikkei interests

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

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