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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History of HIMAWARI-KAI, Chile

ひまわり会の歴史 チリでは1960年代に二世男性の配偶者として来チリした女性が増え、長期滞在者の夫人達と活発に活動していたが、その後長期滞在者の夫人達が独立した婦人会「コピウエ会」を組織したため、永住者の夫人の会としての活動は途絶えた。 1980年代に幼児の日本語教育のためにも日本女性が集まり、1986年に日本語教室設置のために永住者の婦人会が発足された。


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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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