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Howard Kakudo: Disney Animator Shared His Talents While Imprisoned at Poston Camp

Chris Komai

In seeking to preserve and share the Japanese American experience, the Japanese American National Museum maintains the largest collection of its kind in the world. While clearly a serious and scholarly endeavor, the collection also contains items that touch on popular culture and (dare we say) are fun.

The Japanese American Basketball Connection - Part 2

Chris Komai

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The Japanese American Basketball Connection - Part 1

Chris Komai

When I was five years old, our family lived in Los Angeles on 12th Avenue, near what was known as the Seinan district. Construction of the Santa Monica Freeway was being planned, and its path went right through our home. Because of this our house was condemned, and our family ...

The Unseen Price of Redress

Chris Komai

The passage and signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 remains the most significant event for Japanese Americans since World War II. In an unprecedented act of Congress, the U.S. government apologized for its unlawful forced removal and mass incarceration of thousands of people of Japanese ancestry during ...

Why Hasn’t Ichiro Retired?

Chris Komai


Too Much Mottainai?

Chris Komai


My Japanese American Families

Chris Komai

How well do you know your own family? Specifically, your extended family: uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins, great aunts, etc. Maybe it is because I am older now, but it seems my relationship with my father’s family has only grown stronger. Even my relationship to my wife’s family ...

Carrying on Tradition: A visit to Bunkado and the artistic, eclectic heart of Little Tokyo

Chris Komai

Bunkado sits both physically and metaphorically at the crossroads of Little Tokyo.

Who's More Japanese?

Chris Komai

One strong characteristic that marks the Japanese culture is the constant striving to name and define everything. They have a penchant for labeling ideas, types of food, special occasions, religious ceremonies, the changing seasons, and virtually every aspect of their lives. So it is not surprising that Japanese and Japanese ...

Guilty Pleasures

Chris Komai

As with most people who subscribe to cable television, I suffer through an endless number of inconveniences, indignities, and monetary insults. When the signal becomes sporadic or even fails, I call and get a recording that tells me to unplug my box and let it reboot, which seems like the ...

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Chris Komai is a freelance writer and a community relations’ specialist, who has been involved in Little Tokyo for four decades. He was the Public Information Officer of the Japanese American National Museum for over 21 years, where he handled publicity for the organization’s special events, exhibitions and public programs. Prior to that, Komai worked for the Japanese-English newspaper The Rafu Shimpo for 18 years as a sports writer, sports editor and English editor. Komai also serves on the Little Tokyo Community Council Board and on the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association board. He has been a member of the Southern California Nisei Athletic Union Board for basketball and baseball for 40 years. He earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of California at Riverside.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns

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