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Nikkei Names: Writing Workshop in Anaheim

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Discover Nikkei presented a free writing workshop on September 28 at the Orange County Buddhist Church in conjunction with annual writing series called Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João? to explore what your name says about you and the origins of Nikkei names. 

Before the workshop, the instructor Patricia Wakida prepared a warm-up activity and asked participants "Tell us about your names."  Check out their responses in this album.

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Patty Wakida Leading the Workshop

Patricia Wakida, a writer, linoleum block artist, and bibliophile, lead a Nikkei Names writing workshop at the Orange County Buddhist Church on September 28, 2014. 

Nikkei Names workshop at the Orange County Buddhisit Church
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Diana Keiko Ono

My middle name Keiko, means "Blessed". Growing up in Orange County, CA I grew up being called Diana. During my CSULB Junior year Abroad, I lived in Tokyo, Japan & attended Waseda Univ. This is when I changed my name to Keiko.

It was nice to be & feel Japanese.

Diana Keiko Ono
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Judy Hisako Terao Uyema

My middle name, Hisako, is based on my fraternal grandfather's name, Hisayo who lived in Hiroshima. My cousin, Dennis Shoei Terao is also based on the Hisayo kanji. It depends on how you read the kanji. It may be read as Sho, Hisa, or Nao.

My maiden last name, Terao, ...

Judy Hisako Terao Uyema
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Tomiko Ando

I went to Japan at 10 years old. Learn of the family of Japan. To mi is a nice word because it warm you up.

Tomiko Ando
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Janis Renko Hirohama

My unusual middle name, "Renko," was suggested by my maternal grandfather, Ayabe Takehashi. In a letter to my parents a month before my birth, he told them that a good name for a girl would be Renko. He explained that Ren means a person of spotless integrity or a person ...

Janis Renko Hirohama
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John Shizuto Sunada

My name is John Shizuto Sunada - my first name is John, a very Christian name but I was born Buddhist. I think my parents wanted an American name, a name that was easy to remember. Both my parents were Kibei (born in the U.S., raised in Japan). My middle ...

John Shizuto Sunada
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Mary Mieko Sunada

I am Mary Mieko Sunada. My parents were Yoneto Nakata and Yaeko Niikura. My father who passed away when I was six months old named me. He wanted me to have an American name to fit better into society. I was named after an American silent star Mary Pickford. My ...

Mary Mieko Sunada
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Frances Hatsuyo Onishi

My mother named me Frances after a nurse who helped her in the hospital where I was born. She told me that the nurse was so nice and thoughtful, and she hoped I would be like her.

My middle name is a combination of my mother's name - Hatsumi and ...

Frances Hatsuyo Onishi
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Dean La

Coach. I started mentoring young kids when I was in high school. I wasn't the most talented kid in the basketball program, but hey, I was smart, worked hard and had the biggest love for the game. Fast forward to now. I've been doing this for 9 years at the ...

Dean La
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