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Nima are members of the Discover Nikkei online community called Nima-kai. Join our community and share your stories about the Nikkei experience. Click an icon on the map to connect with Nima around the world!

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

Nima of the Month

chiyokomartinez (California, United States)

chiyokomartinez has participated in all three Nikkei Chronicles series. Her Nikkei+ story was selected as the Nima-kai’s most favorite. Her submission for the Nikkei Names series was selected as the second favorite English story by the Editorial committee.

[EN] I have enjoyed writing stories for the different Nikkei Chronicles. This has allowed me to get in touch with my creative side, and feel connected to the Nikkei community. Also, I didn’t realize it when I started writing these stories, but my stories have opened up great conversations with my family and friends, Nikkei and non-Nikkei. As a collection of stories, I have enjoyed reading the Nikkei Chronicles from people all over the world because it reflects the diversity of our community, acknowledges our different experiences, and ties in the commonalities we share.

Besides the stories, I have used Discover Nikkei to gain information about the community. I first found the website because of the “Military Experience Database” when I was doing research on my grandfather who is a Veteran. Then I started using the “Events” page to post events I was organizing in the community and for me to learn about events taking place around me. Overall, the website has been a great place for me to learn about the past, present, and the future of our community.

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