Nikkei Chronicles #8 — Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

For Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, Inspiration, we want to explore the idea of a Nikkei hero. Who is your hero?  How have they influenced your Nikkei identity or your connection to your Nikkei heritage? 

Submit stories that share your “Nikkei heroes” story by September 30, 2019.

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Album of the Week

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Taiko Groups in Chicago

Taiko, a Japanese art of drumming, has moved far beyond Japan. Today several taiko groups practice throughout the Midwest, and especially in Chicago.


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Nima-kai Community

Join the Discover Nikkei global community, where our Nima connect and share! Our Nima-kai community includes people around the world interested in learning about and sharing the Nikkei experience. Meet some of our Nima:

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Nima of the Month

lthistory (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) was formed in 2006 to commemorate Japanese American and Japanese history and heritage through various means such as archival collections, photos, exhibits, lectures, and workshops. LTHS operates as an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, comprised of members who have a keen interest in the history of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

LTHS has shared events, photos, and stories on Discover Nikkei since 2006. We partnered with them on a project about Los Angeles’ prewar Japanese Hospital in 2010. As well, the organization has shared winning stories from their annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest with Discover Nikkei for the past five years. We will be sharing the sixth year’s winners on our site soon. LTHS was previously Nima of the Month in November 2010.

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