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Taking Tacoma's Japantown Online

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"Witness to Wartime" and The Hope of Another Spring - The Long-Hidden Work of Issei Artist Takuichi Fujii

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The women were standing just about eye level with me, their faces sketched on the wall by Issei artist Takuichi Fujii. They were standing in front of barracks at Minidoka, but in the picture they seemed—and felt— at an arm’s length away. One woman had her hand up to her …

A Day of Remembrance to Remember in Puyallup, Washington

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A Remarkable Nisei Love Story: Tacoma’s Kimi and George Tanbara

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In past columns for Discover Nikkei, I’ve written about the challenges of finding Japanese American history in Tacoma. I know that, as with so many stories of Japanese Americans, there is much more to tell. So it was a pleasure and an education to be at Dr. George Tanbara’s life …

A Chiura Obata Painting Comes “Home” to Topaz

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“It feels right,” says Jane Beckwith, director of the Topaz Museum in Utah. “It feels like the painting is coming home.” She is talking about a new donation, a Chiura Obata work coming to the Topaz Museum from Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Camp Memorials, Silence, and Restlessness: A Dialogue with Brandon Shimoda - Part 2

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Camp Memorials, Silence, and Restlessness: A Dialogue with Brandon Shimoda - Part 1

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Following the Path, Listening to Footsteps: A Day of Remembrance for Tacoma

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I am thinking about paths, footsteps, gravel, listening, memory.

An Inclusive Legacy of Peace: The Nikkei History of Jean's House of Prayer

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What Remains: A Tour of Tacoma's Japantown

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“Well, if we get about ten or fifteen people,” said my colleague Michael Sullivan, “that’ll be a good group. And it’s supposed to rain, so who knows who will show up?” For a few years, Michael and I had been working on telling bits and pieces of Japanese American history …

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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>.

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