Keiko Fukuda

Keiko Fukuda was born in Oita, Japan. After graduating from International Christian University, she worked for a publishing company. Fukuda moved to the United States in 1992 where she became the chief editor of a Japanese community magazine. In 2003, Fukuda started working as a freelance writer. She currently writes articles for both Japanese and U.S. magazines with a focus on interviews. Fukuda is the co-author of Nihon ni umarete (“Born in Japan”) published by Hankyu Communications. Website: 

Updated July 2020

media en ja

Eden Kai, a musician and actor who was featured in Terrace House

A high school student in Hawaii who speaks Japanese beautifully

I started watching Terrace House at the recommendation of my daughter, who is a high school student. It is a reality TV program that tracks romance, conflict, and the pursuit of dreams as young men and women live together in the same house. The opening narration declares that “There is no script.” The real lives of six men and women resonate with viewers, and since 2017 the show has been available for viewing worldwide through Netflix. Terrace House has several series in places like Tokyo and Karuizawa, but I myself ...

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identity en ja es

Music to connect the Nikkei Community—Yuko Nakasone

The Pure Nikkei Society

There is a music event where Nikkei musicians deal with the concept, “Enrich the world with Latin and Okinawan fusion”, and it is called Okinawa Latina. The founder is the lead vocalist of the Latin rock band Diamantes, who is also a Sansei (third generation) Japanese Peruvian, Alberto Shiroma. We asked Yuko Nakasone, who has been the producer of Okinawa Latina since 2016, about the event’s history and her relationship with the Nikkei society.

Yuko received the opportunity to join Okinawa Latina when she was asked to prepare a proposal by Alberto in 2015, when ...

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community en ja

Peace Activist Passes Away at 90 – Remembering the Energetic Kaz Suyeishi

Call Me Grandma

Kaz Suyeishi would start off her talks on peace by calling out to her audience, “Please call me grandma.” Often in conversations about the atomic bomb, a sense of antagonism emerges between those who dropped the bomb — the United States — and those who suffered the attack — Japan. Those speaking for Japan may charge the United States with taking tens of thousands of innocent, civilian lives, which those speaking for America may try to justify by arguing that the bomb helped end the war. But whenever Suyeishi, herself a hibakusha, warmly asked her audience to call her grandma ...

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community en ja

Elena Ashmore, A Cast Member From The Popular Reality Show Born This Way

Real lives of young people with Down Syndrome - Depicting the relationships with their parents and their dilemma

When you hear “Born This Way,” you would think of the big hit song by the diva, Lady Gaga. But recently, if you search the phrase, this A&E reality show will pop up first. Yes, the much-talked-about reality show featuring young people with Down Syndrome. It is not only the talk of the town, it is being so highly regarded it even received a nomination for the prestigious Emmy Awards.

When I first learned about this show, I was at the hair ...

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migration en ja

A true story “Brides in America”

Moved to the U.S. in 1956 and currently resides in Ontario, California: Fumiko Lopez - Part 2

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Returning Home to Japan—and Her Father’s Rice Balls—for the First Time

In 1956, Fumiko Lopez and her husband, Luis, arrived in San Francisco. They got on a Greyhound bus heading to Southern California and started living in a renovated garage at Luis’ sister’s house in the city of Los Angeles.

“We didn’t have a house, a car, or money. We had nothing. We started our life with just one suitcase. Our garage room had no kitchen or bathroom. My husband was working in the dining hall of the army, purchasing food for ...

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