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Joel Nakamura Mixes the Ancient and the Modern with Compassion... and Spam?

Mia Nakaji Monnier

A giant fly hovers, poised on translucent wings that appear too small to support his weight, his face a bright, whimsical Tiki mask in shades of blue, green, and yellow. Protruding from his body are three pairs of human-like legs in black and gray patterned tights. In the distance, his ...

The Pond - Part 2

Mia Nakaji Monnier

>> Part 1After a train ride, another bus ride, and a five-minute walk, I was in front of Auntie Junko’s house. She lived in a one-story stucco house separated by a short flight of stairs from the sidewalk. Her front yard was divided, a miniature grove of five or six ...

The Pond - Part 1

Mia Nakaji Monnier

It was just before Christmas when I went to Auntie Junko and Uncle Bill’s house on my own for the first time. I got to the bus stop around nine to wait for the 9:15 bus to Downtown. Because it’s L.A., people always assume the buses ...

Eric Nakamura Reflects on "Giant Robot Biennale 2: 15 Years"

Mia Nakaji Monnier

In 1994, Eric Nakamura and co-founder Martin Wong put together the first issue of Giant Robot Magazine, then a photocopied publication, filled with Asian-inspired pop culture finds. Fifteen years later, Giant Robot has become a success story with shops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York—and an additional ...

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I'm a recent college grad and Discover Nikkei volunteer living in LA. I love reading, writing, drinking tea, and exploring my city.

Nikkei interests

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

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