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Nikkei Chronicles #7 — Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

A Promise

Mary Sunada


Bringing Dad Home

Mary Sunada

Returning home in October 2016 from Japan reminded me of how much my dad, Yoneto Nakata, loved me.

Nikkei Chronicles #5 — Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Made in Japan

Mary Sunada

This familiar phrase, “made in Japan” (Nihon-sei) reminds me of my mother, Yaeko. She was born in Gunma, Japan, on March 7, 1927. Her parents, Matsuji and Kichi Niikura, always had old fashioned Japanese values. Yaeko was their only daughter among their three sons, Hiroshi, Katsumi, and Kazuhiko. She loved ...

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

A Letter to My Parents

Mary Sunada

My Dearest Mom and Dad,

Nikkei Chronicles #3 — Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

The Chosen Names

Mary Sunada

Who is Mary Mieko Sunada? It begins with my birth certificate. A baby girl is born Mary Mieko Nakata on January 1, 1948 at 1 a.m. at 1-4 Tanaka-machi Askusa Daito-ku, Tokyo, Japan. My parents are Yoneto Nakata from Sanger, California, U.S.A. and Yaeko Niikura from Gumna-ken ...

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Mary Sunada is a retired elementary school teacher from LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District). She has enjoyed teaching from K-4th grades for 36 years. Originally, from Asakusa, Japan, Mary was raised in California at the age of 2 years old. She has an intense curiosity in learning about her ancestors, especially her father and has written several stories since 2014. Mary has recently reconnected with relatives in Japan and is interested in finding other relatives. Discover Nikkei has given her an opportunity to express her feelings in writing and sharing her experiences with others. She believes that we are all connected to each other with our own unique stories to tell.

Nikkei interests

  • family stories

Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

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