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Grassroots “9066 Meetings”

Makiko Nakasone

On a past Thursday afternoon, about 20 people from all walks of life gathered for an early dinner at the lovely home of Akimi Ching in Pasadena, CA. Ching (76) is a Sansei retired physician from Santa Barbara married to a Chinese American husband of 52 years, Clifford. She has ...

Just Being There Represents “Nikkei”: Wade Nomura of Carpinteria, CA

Makiko Nakasone

While there are many Nikkei who belong to Nikkei organizations in Little Tokyo to promote the rights and status of Nikkei, there are many others who are rooted in the “American” community and represent “Nikkei” by just being there. In fact, the latter is probably the overwhelming majority. Wade Nomura ...

King of “Ikejime”—Seiichi Yokota

Makiko Nakasone

“To spread ‘Ikejime’ not only in the States, but throughout the world is my big dream,” says Shin-Issei Seiichi Yokota. The 43-year-old from Toyama prefecture is proud to promote this ancient Japanese technique to keep the fish fresh much longer than the conventional method used in the States. He has ...

Dawn I Frazier’s Hidden Place to Relax her Soul: Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena

Makiko Nakasone

Every Thursday morning, Dawn Ishimaru Frazier (82) looks forward to driving down the street of Pasadena to Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Within five minutes, she is in the world of tranquility and relaxation. “I like the quiet time the garden provides for my soul to relax,” she says.

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山梨県出身の新一世。元日本経済新聞、日経アメリカ社記者。ジャーナリスト。夫は三世。高校時代にサウスダコタへAFS交換留学。ロータリー国際親善奨学生として西ドイツ(当時)のフライブルク大学へ留学。

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