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Persimmon and Frog: Reading a Kibei-Nisei Tacoma Artist's Journey

Tamiko Nimura

In 2014, I had visited Tacoma artist Fumiko Kimura in order to profile her for a retrospective exhibition at Tacoma Community College. Kimura’s story and artistic journey fascinated me. When I met her, she was a Kibei-Nisei artist in her 80s. Last year, she celebrated her 90th birthday. She ...

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learning From the Issei Grandfather I Never Met

Tamiko Nimura

“What you are feeling is grief,” says the article from Harvard Business Review. And yes, living in COVID-19 in Washington State, March 2020 feels like a kind of grief, even though I have grieved before. But the waking up to a profoundly altered reality each day, each wave a fresh ...

‘Working With Communities And The People’: A Conversation With Yonsei Pastor Karen Yokota Love 

Tamiko Nimura

For a layperson, picturing a call into ministry might look like a voice from on high, literally calling someone to their service.

Giving with Gratitude: The Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund

Tamiko Nimura

“They were at a picnic in New Hampshire,” says Jean Hibino. Her Nisei parents were UC Berkeley students during World War II, and though they were imprisoned at Tanforan and then Topaz, their time in camp was brief. Thanks to the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, which operated from ...

The Way of the Nisei Artist: A Tribute to My Uncle, Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Tamiko Nimura

In 1993, I was at long choir rehearsal in college. My friend Marcy was taking Asian American Literature that semester, and during one of the breaks I glanced over at what she was studying.

“A Pacific Ocean For The Entire World”—The Panama Canal and Its Nikkei Ties to the Pacific Northwest

Tamiko Nimura

“The little package of questions for which your parents don’t have answers,” says Mizu Sugimura, “they will give to you.”

Vashon Island's Japan Festival

Tamiko Nimura

August 2019 marks the sixth year that I’ve been writing regularly for Discover Nikkei, and it’s wonderful to see the ongoing work of people, places, and events that I’ve written about before. For example, the City of Auburn, recently updated its efforts to commemorate the Pioneer Cemetery ...

An Open Letter In Support of the Tule Lake Resisters, 2019

Tamiko Nimura

In July-August 2019, the National Convention of JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) will be meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Up for consideration is Resolution 3, “A Resolution of the National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League Relating To Recognition and Apology to Tule Lake Resisters.” An earlier draft ...

History, Unmoored: For Yasuko-san and Keiko-San

Tamiko Nimura

“Oh, this photo is evaporating. It needs to be copied right away,” says my friend Michael Sullivan.

Twenty Thousand Cranes And More: Stories Behind Washington State's Tsuru For Solidarity and Crystal City, Texas

Tamiko Nimura

Twenty thousand, and more.

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Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American (Sansei/Pinay) freelance writer, community journalist, and public historian. She grew up in Northern California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is co-writing a graphic novel for the Wing Luke Asian Museum. She is working on a children’s book and a family memoir responding to her father’s unpublished memoir of his wartime imprisonment at Tule Lake.

Nikkei interests

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

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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