Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

What makes Nikkei sports more than just a game for you? Perhaps you’d like to write about your Nikkei sports hero or the impact of Japanese athletes on your Nikkei identity. Did your parents meet through a Nikkei basketball or bowling league? Are you intrigued by an important chapter of Nikkei sports history, like the prewar Issei and Nisei baseball teams?

For the ninth edition of Nikkei Chronicles, Discover Nikkei solicited stories related to Nikkei sports from June to October of 2020. Voting closed on November 30, 2020. We received 31 stories (19 English; 6 Japanese; 7 Spanish; and 1 Portuguese), with a few submitted in multiple languages. We asked an editorial committee to pick their favorites and our Nima-kai community to vote for their favorite stories. Here are the selected favorite stories. (*Translations of these selected stories are currently in process.)

Editorial Committee’s Favorites

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A Connection Beyond Basketball

For many, the Japanese American basketball leagues are a foundational part of their Japanese American childhoods. It’s a way for Japanese Americans from kindergarten to high school to play basketball and be involved in the Japanese American community. In California, these leagues are organized into two areas. The first area is in Northern California, which includes cities such as San Francisco and Sacramento, and the second area is in Southern California which includes Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. This article will compare the experience of Rossten Nakamura and Katelyn Kung, two players in the Northern California league ...

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The Dodgers’ Japan Connections: From the 1956 Japan Tour to Hideo Nomo

In 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers traveled to Japan for a 20-game exhibition tour following the end of their baseball season. This began the Dodgers organization’s relationships with Japanese baseball that included subsequent goodwill tours, visits by Japanese professional players to spring training at Vero Beach, and a Japanese stone lantern that still stands at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. All of these relationships culminated in the Dodgers’ signing of Hideo Nomo.

Dodgers team historian, Mark Langill, recently shared the fascinating story about the Dodgers’ tour of Japan in 1956 during the Japanese American National Museum’s virtual program on ...

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Making a Splash: Nikkei Role Models in Swimming

I joined a swim team in Southern California when I was 8 years old and before I knew it, swimming became the biggest part of my identity. If I wasn’t at school, I was in the pool. My weekends were reserved for swim meets from the early mornings to evenings. My conversations were always swimming-related because my friends were mainly swimmers. I gained nicknames from my teammates, and even schoolmates, such as “the Olympic swimmer” and “Kato” (I am actually called Kato more often than my real name). While I excelled in both school and swimming, I always favored ...

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sports ja

スポーツと学校

私のなまえは、たいら・フエルナンダ・ゆみです。14さいです。どうぞよろしくお願いします。   

私は、小さい時からとても水泳がすきです。7さいごろから、イビラプエラのオリンピック・センターで、水泳のれんしゅうをはじめました。

五年生まで、毎日ごぜんちゅうは水泳に行って、ごごから学校にかよいました。

六年生から、学校は朝になりましたので、水泳はもうつづけられないと思っていましたが、さいわいピ二ェイロスチームにさそわれて、そちらで、ごごかられんしゅうが、できるようになりました。

月よう日から土よう日まで、まいにち2時間およいで、1週間に3回は ...

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Recuerdos: El tenis AELU

Cada mañana, desde mi balcón, la postal del AELU me abriga de esperanzas. El verde encendido de sus campos, la tonalidad de sus tribunas, el ensayo de sus carros en el estacionamiento, el silencio de sus aulas en el colegio y el recuerdo permanente de sus socios que partieron. Lejos, aún diviso las canchas rojizas de tenis, su larga entrada bordeada del fresco pasto de octubre. Ese histórico camino de tantas huellas de tenistas amigos, que hicieron de la vida mi pasión por un deporte y aun hoy, en el mirar del tiempo. Hay personas ...

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