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*The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”).

Nima of the Month

minami86 (Tōkyō, Japan)

minami86 is a Japanese/English translator and writer. She currently helps us to translate Japanese articles and interviews into English.

[EN] Discover Nikkei is a place where I can both discover my identity as a Japanese who spent a number of years in the U.S. and get lost in the community—in a good way. As a translator, I’ve had opportunities to rediscover Japan in such a way that makes me realize how much I do not know about the country.

On the site, there are many things I can relate to, whether it’s a struggle to assimilate into a culture or a sense of belonging in the sharing of the Japanese language in its original form. Perhaps the true essence of a culture is there, which means that I still need to learn Spanish and Portuguese to fully experience the best of what Discover Nikkei has to offer!

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