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Experiencing Seattle Opera’s An American Dream

Tamiko Nimura

The lights flicker once, and people begin to move from the lobby into a long line.

Some of My Favorite Nikkei and Japanese American Children’s Picture Books

Tamiko Nimura

Growing up in a family of voracious readers and three librarians, I was incredibly lucky to have books—almost as many as I wanted. I’ll never forget coming back from our trip to Japan to find that my auntie had left me the entire Anne of Green Gables series ...

Pictures at an Asian American Exhibition: Roger Shimomura, “American Matsuri” at the Tacoma Art Museum

Tamiko Nimura

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“Just Good Theater”: An Interview with Aya Hashiguchi Clark, Tacoma Actress and Producer

Tamiko Nimura

Aya Hashiguchi Clark is a Nikkei actress and producer who lives in my hometown of Tacoma, Washington. She and her husband recently founded Dukesbay Productions, a theater company devoted to “[presenting] theatrical works that reflect and celebrate our diverse society in the Pacific Northwest,” as well as showcase “local actors ...

A Lesson in Taiko—And Parenting

Tamiko Nimura

“Don doro don don, Don doro don don, Don doro don don, Don doro don don….”

To “Stand On Both Feet”: Cathy Tashiro and The Dimensions of Mixed Race Identity

Tamiko Nimura


From Barbed Wire to Cherry Blossoms: Day of Remembrance 2015 in Washington State

Tamiko Nimura

This year’s Day of Remembrance began early for me, and—of all places—on social media. I read Densho’s request to change my Facebook profile picture to Frank Fujii’s logo “Ichi-Ni-San,” which was used for the 1978 Day of Remembrance in Seattle 1978, and changed mine on ...

A Tour of Japanese and Japanese “Fusion” Bakeries in Seattle

Tamiko Nimura

There’s something about pastries, the ephemeral pleasure of appreciating something small and sweet, or savory and crunchy. For immigrants, expatriates, and travelers, it can be a bittersweet pleasure to find a taste that evokes the memory of a place; it’s like a taste of both transience and home.

A Tribute to My Oldest Nisei Auntie

Tamiko Nimura

If you knew my Auntie Nesan, you knew her laugh. My cousins and I called her “Nesan” (older sister) because of family tradition; as the oldest of six siblings, all of our parents called her “Nesan,” so we did too. Her real name was Hisa. Since my name ends with ...

At 85, Tacoma Sumi Artist Fumiko Kimura Continues To Explore Artmaking Process

Tamiko Nimura

How would you prepare for a showing of your own artwork—one that spans a career of more than six decades?

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About

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

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