Judith Ichisaka

Judith Ichisaka is a fourth-generation Japanese American who has lived in the U.S, Japan, and Canada. Her father’s side immigrated to the United States from Hiroshima, Japan in the late 19th century, and her mother’s side still resides in Nagoya, Japan. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature, and has published articles in a wide variety of areas, from examining Chinook jargon in British Columbia to risks in mobile security. She is now a senior technical writer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Updated October 2018

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Nikkei Chronicles #7 — Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Natsukashii Moments

Natsukashii.

That is the Japanese word that best expresses the feeling I get whenever I hear a song from “back in the day” – which, by my definition, could be as far back as my early childhood in the 1980s and ‘90s.

Certain Japanese children’s songs immediately transport my mind to some childhood memories from my summer breaks in Japan, where I spent time with my music-loving ojiichan and obaachan. We would run errands almost every day around their neighborhood in the busy city of Nagoya, walking hand-in-hand amid the muggy, sweltering climate, and singing folk songs such as Sakura ...

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