Stuff contributed by Marsha_JTM

Nikkei Chronicles #6 — Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

Natto: A Love Story

Marsha Takeda-Morrison


Nikkei Chronicles #4 — Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

The Weight On My Shoulders

Marsha Takeda-Morrison

I don’t remember exactly how old I was when this happened—maybe nine or ten—but I distinctly remember what the hotel room looked and smelled like. The bedspreads were ugly and itchy. There was a musty smell to everything, and we figured it was because the housekeepers never ...

Nikkei Chronicles #1 — ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Spam: It’s What’s For Dinner. No, Really.

Marsha Takeda-Morrison

Today I’m going to talk about Spam. I’m not talking about the kind in your online mailbox, I’m talking about the canned meat.Hey, where’d everybody go?

Warning: Japanese lady say not-so-nice things about racists!

Marsha Takeda-Morrison

I was in my early twenties, at a dinner party. The host, a friend of mine, used the “N-word” in a conversation and after a couple of nervous giggles, everyone went on eating their pasta puttanesca like nothing had happened. I tried to, but couldn’t and I made a ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japan Quake: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Marsha Takeda-Morrison

I know the title of this post is “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” but it’s been really hard to find anything good about the disaster unfolding in Japan. Truth is, words seem so trivial and I don’t even particularly feel like writing about the quake, or the ...

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About

Marsha Takeda-Morrison is a third-generation Japanese-American writer living in Los Angeles with her husband and two teenage daughters. She chronicles her family’s life on her personal blog, Sweatpantsmom, writes about parenting for Mom.me and dishes on teen celebrities for Celebrity Teen Scoop.

She frequently covers pop culture and has interviewed the likes of Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian and Mila Kunis. While she spends a lot of time in Hollywood she has never had plastic surgery, given birth to an actor’s child or tried out for the cast of ‘Glee.’ Yet.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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