Makiko Nakasone

Makiko Nakasone is an Issei journalist from Yamanashi, Japan.  She was a staff writer of Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei)/Nikkei America, the world largest financial newspaper. Her articles have appeared in Asahi Shimbun, Japan Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and others.  She lives with her Sansei husband, Steve, and two sons in La Canada.  She is also the charter president of the Rotary Club of Little Tokyo. 

Updated March 2019

business en ja

King of “Ikejime”—Seiichi Yokota

“To spread ‘Ikejime’ not only in the States, but throughout the world is my big dream,” says Shin-Issei Seiichi Yokota. The 43-year-old from Toyama prefecture is proud to promote this ancient Japanese technique to keep the fish fresh much longer than the conventional method used in the States. He has decided Los Angeles, California is his adopted “Furusato,” new home.

Yokota’s clients are all high-end restaurants in and around L.A., including Spago in Beverly Hills, “Asanebo” in Sawtelle Japantown, and Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica. Every Wednesday morning, he drives to LAX to receive the shipment of Ikejime ...

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culture en ja

Dawn I Frazier’s Hidden Place to Relax her Soul: Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena

Every Thursday morning, Dawn Ishimaru Frazier (82) looks forward to driving down the street of Pasadena to Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Within five minutes, she is in the world of tranquility and relaxation. “I like the quiet time the garden provides for my soul to relax,” she says.

The “Nisei-han” Japanese American widow found this “hidden gem” several years ago, when she came to the garden with her Fujinkai for the first time. The beauty and serenity impressed her, and she immediately signed up to volunteer. “I like being in the dirt,” Frazier explains. Her first assignment at the garden ...

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