Nima of the Month

Nima are members of our Discover Nikkei Nima-kai community. Our Nima of the Month are some of our most active participants. Learn more about them and what they like about Discover Nikkei.

September 2017

katsuohiguchi (São Paulo, Brazil)

Nisei Katsuo Higuchi was born in the city of Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil, and has lived for many years in the capital, São Paulo. A law school graduate, Higuchi is a businessman with a passion for working with people. His professional life has focused on human resources. Higuchi has also had a passion for writing from a young age, contributing to school newspapers, business publications, and more recently, the newspaper Nippo Brasil. Higuchi is married to a Nisei and has three children and two grandchildren.

[PT] O Discover Nikkei chamou minha atenção e interesse pela amplitude de sua circulação, global, e pela gama de assuntos que aborda, sempre focando algum assunto de interesse da Comunidade Nikkei espalhada pelo mundo todo. Considero, com isso, que o Discover Nikkei ajuda a aproximar e fortalecer os laços entre os japoneses e seus descendentes, mantendo vivas as tradições e cultura de um povo milenar.

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[EN] Discover Nikkei has drawn my attention and interest because of the extent of its global circulation and the range of subjects it addresses, always focusing on subjects of interest to the worldwide Nikkei community. I believe Discover Nikkei helps to bring Nikkei closer together, strengthening the bonds between the Japanese and their descendants and keeping alive the traditions and culture of an ancient race.

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August 2017

daniyang8 (California, United States)

Dani Yang (daniyang8) is a half-Japanese, half-Chinese Sansei (third generation) from Los Angeles, currently attending UC Berkeley. She has been a participant in Japanese American Optimist Club, Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, Yonsei Basketball Association, and Berkeley Asian Pacific American Theme House. This summer, she is volunteering with us at Discover Nikkei—posting Southern California obon festival event information and working on various articles.

By far my favorite aspect of Discover Nikkei is the sense of global connectivity that it provides through its variety of articles and contributors! As a California girl born and raised, I don’t get to see many other Nikkei communities outside of ones that I am already familiar with, so Discover Nikkei gives me a chance to explore international groups in great depth. It allows me to learn so much about Japanese peoples from all over the world in a unique and enjoyable way without having to travel outside of the US or even speak the language that the article was written in. Discover Nikkei is a wonderful resource not only for Nikkei peoples, but for all people who are curious about the way that a group’s culture can resonate through time and space.

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June 2017

susany (TUCSON, Arizona, United States)

Susan (Araki) Yamamura (susany) was born in Seattle, WA. When she was almost two years old, she was imprisoned with her family at Camp Harmony in Puyallup, WA, and Minidoka in Idaho during World War II. (You can download a PDF of her memories of that time: Camp 1942–1945. After retiring from her career as a computer programmer, Yamamura became a clay and watercolor artist as well as a fiction and nonfiction author. She recently began contributing stories to Discover Nikkei, and was the first to submit to Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture.

[EN] A long comment that I made about long-dead family friend and principled Heart Mountain draft resister Minoru Tamesa on Discover Nikkei’s Facebook page triggered events that allowed me to write a three-part article on Min. I was amazed and delighted to find that Discover Nikkei is for communicating and learning about what it is to be Nikkei, with young and old Nikkei around the world. I am thrilled and very honored to become a part of this new and ever-growing Discover Nikkei international experience.

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May 2017

hudsonokada (São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil)

hudsonokada (Hudson Okada) was born in the municipality of Matão, São Paulo, Brazil, but now lives in the Liberdade district. He has won several literary contests and is part of the Jornal Nippak team of collaborators. Hudson’s first submissions to Discover Nikkei were three articles for last year’s Nikkei Chronicles 5: Nikkei-go series. Since then, he has contributed more stories about his life as a Brazilian Nikkei.

[PT] O que eu mais gosto deste incrível site é que, além de ter a possibilidade de conhecer a vida de nikkeis que vivem em todas as partes do mundo, eu também, como nipo-brasileiro, posso relatar minhas experiências.

Não vejo melhor forma de nos informarmos sobre o modo como a cultura Nikkei influencia e é influenciada por outras culturas. E isso é muito legal. Vida longa ao site, Descubra Nikkei!

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[EN] What I like best about this incredible site is that, besides having the chance to learn about the lives of Nikkei from all over the world, I can also, as a Japanese Brazilian, share my own experiences.

I can’t think of a better way to learn about how Nikkei culture influences and is influenced by other cultures. And that’s very cool. Long live Discover Nikkei!

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April 2017

vkm (Gardena, California, United States)

vkm (Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda) is a Yonsei from Southern California. She is the Communications Production Manager at the Japanese American National Museum. She joined the Discover Nikkei team in 2005 and has contributed articles, created Nikkei Albums, shared events, and posted comments. In addition to content on the site, she has worked with the project team to develop and grow the site and the project’s global Nima-kai community.

Having worked at the Japanese American National Museum for almost 22 years, I have learned so much about Japanese American history, art, and culture. I’ve been fortunate to have worked on many fascinating exhibitions and projects and met many inspiring people. Discover Nikkei is my all-time favorite project because I get to learn something new almost every day. I vaguely knew about Nikkei in Latin America and Canada before, but I’ve learned so much more since working on this project. I have a much deeper appreciation and understanding for what it means to be Nikkei, and it fascinates me to learn about both the similarities and differences between the experiences in Southern California and those of Nikkei living in other parts of the world. I’ve had a lot of wonderful conversations discussing the impact of local history and culture on cultural identity, and how traditions are adapted.

I’ve also had the opportunity to meet (both virtually and in person) Nikkei from around the world. I’m planning on attending the COPANI conference in Lima, Peru, in November. It will be my first time participating and I really look forward to it! Let me know if you plan on attending. Would love to meet up!

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