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Read about the Nikkei experience from different perspectives. The Journal includes personal essays, research papers, human interest stories, fiction, opinions, and more.


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Latest Articles

The Happy Power of Obon

Sharon Yamato

Obon season is a time when communities gather together to celebrate life and death through food and dance. Like the beat of the taiko drum, Obons gather energy through movement, and they move with joyful rhythms all their own. Warm summer days and nights give way to one or two ...

「謝る人々」から学べること

Takamichi "Taka" Go

加州農業経営者友愛団体の「良心」

先日、インターネットで羅府新報を読んでいたところ、大変興味深い記事を見つけました。

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

My name has Asia covered: From Asia Minor to Japan

Troy Ishikawa

What is in a name? Is your name unique? Have you developed your identity around your name? Were you named after a relative, a movie star, or a song title…? Do you happen to have a surname that is also shared by a famous person? These questions and more usually ...

Naomi Hirahara’s Murder on Bamboo Lane

Leslie Yamaguchi

Devoted readers of the Naomi Hirahara’s mystery novels might be dismayed to learn that her recently published book, Murder on Bamboo Lane, is not another installation of the Mas Arai series. However, despite their fondness for their beloved curmudgeon and reluctant detective, readers will find themselves quickly won over ...

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

The meaning of 'J.'

Henrique Minatogawa

When I was a child, I used to think my name was too long. So, I shortened it by writing “Henrique J. Minatogawa.”


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