Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In Japanese, kizuna means strong emotional bonds. In 2011, we invited our global Nikkei community to contribute to a special series about how Nikkei communities reacted to and supported Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Now, we would like to bring together stories about how Nikkei families and communities are being impacted by, and responding and adjusting to this world crisis.

If you would like to participate, please see our submission guidelines. We welcome submissions in English, Japanese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese, and are seeking diverse stories from around the world. We hope that these stories will help to connect us, creating a time capsule of responses and perspectives from our global Nima-kai community for the future.

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Although many events around the world have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have noticed that many new online only events are being organized. Since they are online, anyone can participate from anywhere in the world. If your Nikkei organization is planning a virtual event, please post it on Discover Nikkei’s Events section! We will also share the events via Twitter @discovernikkei. Hopefully, it will help to connect us in new ways, even as we are all isolated in our homes.

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COVID Ghost Town

In November 2019, I was in a US hospital for five days. My temperature was hovering around 102°F. I sweat profusely, followed by the chills. I couldn’t get out of bed without collapsing to the floor. I was dizzy, I had lost my appetite, I was extremely weak.

This was before COVID was a daily news story, though medical researchers now have speculated that the virus started around that time in Northern Italy (and not China).

I went to the Emergency Ward and the medical staff ran several tests on me. They found that my bladder, my kidneys ...

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Just 10 Weeks Ago

10 weeks ago, I joyfully drank sake and ate the best tonkatsu in Tokyo.

8 weeks ago, I toured snowy Hokkaido tasting their bounty of kombu, oysters, and uni.

6 weeks ago, I played Mahjong with my neighbors and won three rounds in a row.

4 weeks ago, I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the local pizzeria. Later that evening, our Governor called for a statewide shutdown.

2 weeks ago, the stock market crashed.

How the world has changed. One moment we were celebrating the first day of 2020 with Oshogatsu ryori. Cheers to a new decade of hope ...

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Learning From the Issei Grandfather I Never Met

“What you are feeling is grief,” says the article from Harvard Business Review. And yes, living in COVID-19 in Washington State, March 2020 feels like a kind of grief, even though I have grieved before. But the waking up to a profoundly altered reality each day, each wave a fresh infusion of loss, or a looming reminder of losses to come—grief feels like an appropriate description.

Honestly, the way that I dealt with grief in the past was to avoid. I avoided through hyperactivity, through overachievement, anything to avoid feeling grief. Learning the skill of grieving has really taken ...

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La cocina nikkei en resistencia - segunda parte

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Las noticias que llegan del Perú por estos tiempos no son muy auspiciosas: más de 32 mil muertos antes de entrar al séptimo mes de cuarentena (el tercero desde que se aplica la cuarentena focalizada), incremento del desempleo (entre abril y junio se quedaron sin trabajo) y aún se especula sobre una segunda ola de contagios. En ese escenario, muchos peruanos han debido continuar trabajando pese a la pandemia, lo que ha traído buenas y malas noticias.

A la reapertura de restaurantes, con un aforo del 40%, iniciada el 20 de julio ...

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Asociación Okinawense del Perú, 110 años de historia

En 1906 arribaron por primera vez al Perú inmigrantes procedentes de Okinawa. Cuatro años después, formaron lo que hoy es la Asociación Okinawense del Perú (AOP).

La pandemia de coronavirus ha echado por tierra la posibilidad de celebrar como se merece el 110 aniversario. Eso no significa, sin embargo, que sus directivos y miembros se hayan quedado de brazos cruzados esperando que la crisis sanitaria se resuelva o mitigue para actuar.

La AOP no paralizó sus actividades por las restricciones derivadas de la cuarentena impuesta por el gobierno del Perú para frenar la expansión del virus ...

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