Norio Umezu Hall

Norio Umezu Hall (he/him) is a transmasculine Yonsei parent, with a father who immigrated from Japan. He loves finding new hobbies and spending time learning about the stars (both in Hollywood and the sky). When not relaxing, he is trying to make the world a better place for and with people who’ve experienced racial and gender-based violence.

Updated October 2021

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Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Passing on the Joy of Being Nikkei

I love obon. Standing under strings of chochin, their warm light dotting indigo summer skies like fireflies always feels like coming home. They transform a liminal space — a street or a parking lot — into a destination. Hot dogs and hamburgers coexist with ikebana and enka without question. For just a few hours, all of me makes sense. Of all the Nikkei traditions I grew up with, this was the one I most wanted to share with my child.

The 2020 pandemic had other plans.

Covid precautions quickly made clear that my child’s first obon would …

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