Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest IV

The Little Tokyo Historical Society’s fourth short story contest concluded with an Awards Reception held on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Garden Room in Little Tokyo. The winning stories and Finalists were announced before an appreciative crowd following a light reception of Japanese foods. The winner’s stories were read in dramatic fashion by professional actors and the words came to life for everyone to enjoy. The Youth and Japanese category winners were present and received their $500 cash prize award, and the English winner joined the program via Skype from her home in New Zealand!

Winners


Read stories from other Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contests:

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest I >>
Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest II >>
Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest III >>
Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest IV >>

culture en

UNSPOKEN

Mama needed eggs. I was happy to walk down First Street to buy a dozen from Golden Nest Market. I picked up a carton and checked to make sure none were broken and then I looked at some of the magazines. There was a new one called Ms. Magazine. The cover had a drawing of a woman with eight arms. With one arm she was using a feather duster. With other arms, she ironed, held the steering wheel of a car, fried an egg in a frying pan, and wrote on a typewriter. Mr. Takahashi cleared his throat. Loudly. He ...

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food ja

巻きすの神様

今夜、引退する私は、えも言われぬ罪の意識にさいなまれている。

ここリトル東京で寿司を握って55年… いや、正確には巻いて55年と言うべきかもしれない。1963年、私があの“トリプルTロール”を考案して以来、世界は劇的に変わってしまった。

当時まだ寿司は、日系人と一部の食通だけのものだった。一般のアメリカ人は生魚に抵抗を示しており、海苔は黒い紙のようだと気味悪がって、わざわざはがして食べる客もいたほどだ。本格的な江戸前寿司を売りにしていた私の店には閑古鳥が鳴き、明日にでも廃業しそうな状況だった。

もうすぐ2人目の子供が生まれるっていうのに、ここで店をたたむわけにはいかない。奮起した私は、起死回生の新メニューに取り組んだ。

生魚が苦手なら、代わりに天ぷらはどうだ?味は流行りのテリヤキソースでパンチを効かせよう ...

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