Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Arigatobaka, sushi, benjo, and shoyu—how often have you used these words? For Nikkei, the Japanese language symbolizes the culture of one’s ancestors. Japanese words often get mixed in with the language of the adopted country, creating a fluid, hybrid way of communicating.

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Mitsuwa Natsu Matsuri 2007

My husband and I headed out to dinner tonight. On the way to the restaurant, we drove by Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance and saw that they were having a Natsu Matsuri (summer festival). The restaurant we were planning on eating at turned out to be closed. Apparently, fate wanted us ...
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Nima of the Month

sergiohernandez (México, Mexico)

sergiohernandez (Sergio Hernández Galindo) is an author and researcher from Mexico who has published numerous articles and books about Japanese emigration to Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. He submitted his first story to Discover Nikkei in 2009. Since April 2016, he has contributed a story on Nikkei in Mexico each month! One of his articles, “Tatsugoro Matsumoto and the Magic of Jacaranda Trees in Mexico,” went viral on social media. We recently translated the story into the site’s other languages.

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