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A Lesson in Taiko—And Parenting

Tamiko Nimura

“Don doro don don, Don doro don don, Don doro don don, Don doro don don….”

To “Stand On Both Feet”: Cathy Tashiro and The Dimensions of Mixed Race Identity

Tamiko Nimura


From Barbed Wire to Cherry Blossoms: Day of Remembrance 2015 in Washington State

Tamiko Nimura

This year’s Day of Remembrance began early for me, and—of all places—on social media. I read Densho’s request to change my Facebook profile picture to Frank Fujii’s logo “Ichi-Ni-San,” which was used for the 1978 Day of Remembrance in Seattle 1978, and changed mine on February 15th. It was heartening to see …

A Tour of Japanese and Japanese “Fusion” Bakeries in Seattle

Tamiko Nimura

There’s something about pastries, the ephemeral pleasure of appreciating something small and sweet, or savory and crunchy. For immigrants, expatriates, and travelers, it can be a bittersweet pleasure to find a taste that evokes the memory of a place; it’s like a taste of both transience and home.

A Tribute to My Oldest Nisei Auntie

Tamiko Nimura

If you knew my Auntie Nesan, you knew her laugh. My cousins and I called her “Nesan” (older sister) because of family tradition; as the oldest of six siblings, all of our parents called her “Nesan,” so we did too. Her real name was Hisa. Since my name ends with “ko,” …

At 85, Tacoma Sumi Artist Fumiko Kimura Continues To Explore Artmaking Process

Tamiko Nimura

How would you prepare for a showing of your own artwork—one that spans a career of more than six decades?

Uncovering Tacoma's Nikkei Past: The Japanese Language School Memorial

Tamiko Nimura

The taiko players are warming up, their arms circling up in the air and back towards the drums. I’m standing on a gravel path, near a Japanese maple tree. There are metal lines running along the ground, which seems strange until I remember that I’m standing at the Prairie Line …

It’s Not Just About History: Visiting the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

Tamiko Nimura

It’s hard to describe the shock of recognition when sepia history meets full-color present, when they can align so precisely. That’s one of the many gifts that the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial gives to its visitors.

The Circles of Bon Odori

Tamiko Nimura

Although I am not Buddhist, the circles of Bon Odori have always spoken to me. All the circles of dancers, all of their arms even raised in circles, mimicking the full moon. The round uchiwa fans, the strings of rounded lanterns bobbing slightly in the breeze, the circular heads of …

"Infinity and Chashu Ramen": An Interview With Filmmaker Kerwin Berk

Tamiko Nimura

Two spirits are roaming through San Francisco’s Japantown. They’re charged with setting the universe right. One’s a bright-eyed young lady named Lucy Yamaguchi; the other is a 400-year-old foul-mouthed, crotchety spirit named Tenshi. She’s new to the job; he should probably have retired a few centuries ago. Will they succeed?

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Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American writer living in Tacoma, Washington. Her training in literature and American ethnic studies (MA, PhD, University of Washington) prepared her to research, document, and tell the stories of people of color. She has been writing for Discover Nikkei since 2008.

Tamiko just published her first book, <em>Rosa Franklin: A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice</em> (Washington State Legislature Oral History Program, 2020). Her second book is a co-written graphic novel, titled <em>We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration</em> (Chin Music Press/Wing Luke Asian Museum, forthcoming February 9, 2021). She is working on a memoir called <em>PILGRIMAGE</em>.

Intereses Nikkei

  • historias de comunidades
  • historias familias
  • festivales/matsuri
  • japonesa/comida nikkei
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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