Nima Voices: Episode 4—Juan Alberto Matsumoto

Join us for our first Spanish language episode! Hear from Discover Nikkei contributor Juan Alberto Matsumoto as he is interviewed by our guest host, Mónica Kogiso.

Watch live on the Discover Nikkei YouTube channel on April 27 at 4 p.m. (PDT)

*This episode will be in Spanish only.

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Nima-kai Kodomo no Hi Traditions

Share your Nikkei Kodomo no Hi photos!

May 5th is celebrated annually in Japan and in Nikkei communities around the world as Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day). The day is celebrated by displaying koinobori—carp-shaped windsock with the carp arranged from largest to smallest in different colors to denote the father, mother, and children. Other traditional symbols and special foods include samurai dolls, kabuto (helmet), and kashiwa mochi (azuki-filled rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves).

Discover Nikkei is compiling photos to share our global Nikkei community’s Kodomo no Hi traditions. We want to see photos of your family’s koinobori, special foods, and other traditional (or non-traditional) decorations and celebrations. Photos can be from past years or to share how you are finding ways to celebrate this year despite the pandemic.

To participate, just email us your photo to (see instructions below)! A selection of the photos will also be presented on the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) website through May 23.

If you’ve never celebrated Kodomo no Hi, here are two opportunities coming up for those in the Los Angeles area or virtually from anywhere! The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) has created special Instagram stickers (@jamuseum) and the JANM Store is selling a limited number of special Children’s Day fun bags (details here). The JACCC is offering a virtual bento-making program with cooking blogger and author, Marc Matsumoto, on May 1, as well as a yoroi display and koinobori at the JACCC (details here). Participate in the JACCC and JANM’s activities and share your photos with us!

We recommend you use the slideshow view to check out the photos shared by our Nima-kai community.

Submission Guidelines

Please note we will only accept images related to Kodomo no Hi celebrations. All photos must be submitted to by May 23, 2021 to be included in this special project. Multiple submissions are accepted.

In addition to the photo, each submission requires the information below:

1. Name and location of the person who is submitting the image

2. A title for the image

3. A brief description of the image—please tell us what the photo is of and why it is significant to you.

     - Recommended length: approximately 100 words.   
     - Accepted Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

4. Photo credit (Please only submit images for which you either own the copyright or have secured permission to use for this purpose). Note that the copyright for a professionally-taken photograph is typically retained by the photographer unless they have specifically assigned you the copyright.

Image specifications:

• Acceptable format: .jpg, .gif, or .png files
• Preferred Size: 150 dpi, at least 1200 pixels wide

If you are not able to resize the image, email us the larger file and we can do it for you. Please note that if the photo is smaller than 450 pixels, we may not be able to use it on our site.

By submitting your photo(s), you are representing that you own the copyright to the photo(s) or otherwise have been granted permission to have the photo(s) shared in this way, and you are granting permission for us to share it on the Discover Nikkei website, JACCC website, and for promotional purposes in conjunction with this project (including JANM, JACCC, and Discover Nikkei’s websites, emails, and social media).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

*Presented in collaboration with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and Japanese American National Museum.


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