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Nima of the Month

mtsukayama (Lima, Peru)

mtsukayama (Milagros Tsukayama Shinzato) is a Peruvian Sansei with an Okinawan background who works as a writer, translator, and designer. Her first contribution to Discover Nikkei was an essay about Okinawan traditions and beliefs that she learned from her grandmother. Submitted as part of Nikkei Chronicles 2: Nikkei+, Shinzato’s story was selected as a Nima favorite. Since then, she has not only shared more stories with us, but has also helped to translate articles into Spanish.

[ES] Lo que más me gusta de Descubra a los Nikkei es la serie Crónicas Nikkei en donde tocaron el tema de la “familia nikkei”. Hay muchos recuerdos con los que he podido identificarme y que me trajeron a la memoria recuerdos demi infancia, cuando vivía junto con mi abuela. Revivir viejas costumbres que con el tiempo hemos olvidado, ha sido muy gratificante.

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[EN] What I have liked the most on Discover Nikkei is Nikkei Chronicles 4: Nikkei Family. There were many stories that I could identify with, that brought back memories from my childhood when I lived with my grandmother. It was very gratifying to revisit old customs that were almost forgotten over time.

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