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Nikkei Names: Writing Workshop in Chicago

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Nicole Sumida

From what I understand, Sumida means “corner rice paddy.”  It is also the name of the river that runs through Tokyo.  The Sumida name is well known on the Big Island (Hilo) from 1950s – 80s as my grandfather ran a restaurant and kamaboko factory.  To this day, people will hear my name and remember date nights @ the Sumida Restaurant or how ono (good) the taste of our fishcake was. 

One of my middle names is Haru, as I was born in the spring.

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Photo taken and name story provided on July 19, 2014 at the Church of Christ Presbyterian (Chicago, IL) as a part of Discover Nikkei’s workshop warm-up excercise in conjunction with the More »


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