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Canadian Nikkei Series

The Indomitable Spirit of Keiko Mary Kitagawa - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

       “...It matters not how strait the gate,
       How charged with punishments the scroll,
       I am the master of my fate,
       I am the captain of my soul.”

The Fabric That Makes the Story: Interview with Dawn Yanagihara, Kiriko

Tamiko Nimura

Kasuri. Boro. Shibori. These words might not mean much to you if you don’t think very much about textiles or Japanese arts and crafts. But for Gosei Dawn Yanagihara, the words also represent a deep connection to her Japanese ancestry and the passion that helped her co-found her Portland-based ...

刺青の「真実」に生かされて ~ 島田淳子さんへの書簡 ~

Yukikazu Nagashima


Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Growing Up with a Japanese Name in the United States

Sakura Kato

My name is Sakura Kato, and just Sakura Kato. I have no middle name or an English name or really anything to signify my identity as a Japanese-American. When growing up, I could never find my name on a pre-made mug or keychain like my friends named “Ashley” or “Christine ...


Edward Moreno

Every time the Center [East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center] had a big celebration, but especially at the Installation ceremonies, she would tell me, her lovely eyes wide open::



Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

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