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Kubota Garden

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Kubota Garden is a public garden that is now owned by the City of Seattle and maintained by the Department of Parks & Recreation. In 1981, it was designated an ...

A Yonsei's Reflections...

on Unearthing My Family's Values

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

This Father’s Day my sister and I will be bringing my father to the Japanese American National Museum for the opening of the Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden exhibition.

A Yonsei's Reflections...

on J-Town Memories

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

Growing up, we would come into Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district to visit my Murakami Ba-chan who lived in Little Tokyo Towers. We’d take the elevator up to her small apartment with the display case full of kokeshi dolls, then take her out to dinner at Aoi restaurant on ...

My early J-Town memories

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These are some of the sites that still exist in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo that I have fond memories of while growing up. Actually, we never used the name Little ...

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Japanese American Baseball

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

Baseball, the quintessential American sport, has enjoyed immense popularity in Japan, as witnessed by the country’s recent championship at the inaugural World Baseball Classic. But did you know the role Japanese Americans played as early ambassadors of the sport?

A Yonsei's Reflections...

on the Women Who Inspire Me

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

My grandmother and Yuri Kochiyama are two of the many women who, in their own ways, have helped shape who I am. March is Women’s History Month in the United States, so I’ve decided to take some time to reflect on the topic of women—not so much ...

My Hinamatsuri

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Every year for as long as I can remember, my mother brings out our family's hina-ningyo to celebrate hinamatsuri. These colorful dolls were special because they were only brought out ...

A Yonsei's Reflections...

on a New Year and New Beginnings

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

Shinnen Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! Happy New Year!It’s a new year and a time for new beginnings and opportunities. This is the first of my new column series. I’ve never tried formally writing something like this before, so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll be reflecting ...

My Oshogatsu 2007

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I come from large extended families on both my mother's and father's sides. Actually, my mother's family is large (she's one of 8 kids). My father's family is extra large ...

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I'm a Yonsei, occasional artist and writer, and full-time Communications Production Manager at the Japanese American National Museum. I was born in Los Angeles and have lived in Southern California almost my entire life.

I am fluent in English, can understand about 80% of conversational Japanese, and don't know any Spanish or Portuguese (although after having worked on Discover Nikkei for so long, would like to learn someday).

I love working in Little Tokyo and living in Gardena. Both areas give me wonderful access to Japanese/Nikkei food, community, and culture. I bowl in a Nikkei league once a week, and spend my free time eating, sleeping, playing on my phone and computer, going to Disneyland, rooting for the Dodgers, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

I love working on Discover Nikkei and learning about so many different Nikkei experiences around the world!

Nikkei interests

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

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