今村 亮

(いまむら・りょう)

ニューヨーク市、および南加に30年滞米、1994年、帰国し、現在北九州市に住む。 ジョアン・オッペンハイム著『 Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference (邦題:親愛なるブリードさま -強制収容された日系二世とアメリカ人図書館司書の物語-)』の邦訳を東京・柏書房より出版。

(2012年9月 更新) 

food en ja

ニッケイ物語 #1 — いただきます!ニッケイ食文化を味わう

オレゴンで和牛を育てる

世界に浸透する和食同様に, 和牛を渇望する声が高まっている。今回オレゴン州の牧場で黙々と2000頭の和牛を育てるハリー矢野をご紹介する。

今年、4月12日付フォーブ誌に「神戸ビーフ・フロード(詐欺)」というセンセーショナルな記事が出た。記事を書いたラリー・オルズメッドによれば、『和牛とは日本牛のことだが、それ以上は、尋ねる相手方、相手国の如何によっては、様々な回答がでてくるという。即ち、欧米人が熟知する米国産、欧州産の牛を含み、日本で飼育するすべての牛をいうと回答する人もいれば、日本が明治以降、輸入飼育した4種の牛を総称するという人もいる。米国の牧場主、及び米国和牛協会の幹部たちは、和牛とは改良種のことだと主張するが ...

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Notable Japanese Americans

The 46th elementary school opening early next year in Chula Vista with a 47.5 million dollar budget will bear Saburo Muraoka’s name. I thought the case might be the first public school built in honor of a Japanese American immigrant, unprecedented for Japanese Americans.

I looked up the late Hawaiian war hero, 442nd combat vet, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye (1924–2012), the first Japanese American Congressman. Yes, DKI Institute was built in 2013, inside the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus to honor his legacy. The Institute will support middle and high school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and ...

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education en

ニッケイ物語#5 — ニッケイ語:家族、コミュニティ、文化の言葉

Minato Gakuen Now

The Class of 2016 graduating from Minato Gakuen was congratulated once in San Diego in mid-March and again in Kyoto in early April. Here’s chapter and verse of the life spanning story and the fruits of the concerted service and dedication of all those parties involved.

Minato Gakuen was established in 1978 as a Nihongo Hoshuko (Saturday Japanese Supplementary Language School) in San Diego primarily for the Japanese expatriate children. Most expatriate’s term of assignment range from 3–4 years and during that time, the parent’s biggest headache was that their children could face hardship upon their ...

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war en

Infamy

My son, who lives in New York, took the trouble to airfreight me Richard Reeves’ Infamy, a 340 page book newly published by Henry Holt & Co. The subtitle reads “The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.” This is the first book Joanne Oppenheim’s Dear Miss Breed is quoted extensively. I was happy to find Clara Breed’s photo in the book. She was the children’s librarian at the San Diego Public Library, who met hundreds of young Japanese Americans and during the internment years, she sent them letters, books, and gifts. I saw ...

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"Painted My Way"—Henry Fukuhara, A True Artist

          Shadow of the distant pass;
          Their memories still last
          Manzanar: Monument of Tears.
          Ignorance and pseudo-fears;
          A wrong that can’t be made right;
          A blindness for lack of sight;
          A day now engulfed by night;
          A hope shaded, once so bright.
          The memories still last,
          …they still last

—“Manzanar” by William Smith                       

The best souvenir of my recent Californian trip was an art book titled Painted My Way, designed and printed in 2011 by the APC Fine Arts & Graphic Gallery, Torrance, California. Phyllis Doyon, who has her studio and gallery in Camarillo, gave it to me when my daughter ...

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