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Japanese Americans on Chicago’s South Side - Oakland/Kenwood 1940s-1950s - Part 2

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Japanese Americans on Chicago’s South Side - Oakland/Kenwood 1940s-1950s - Part 1

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Saying Goodbye

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Gaining early educational release from incarceration at Gila River War Relocation Center in 1943, my Nisei grandparents moved to St. Paul, MN, where my grandfather enrolled in welding school. With a certified trade and some experience under his belt, in 1945 they moved—along with my infant father—to Chicago ...

2014 Chicago Nikkei Community Annual Memorial Day Commemoration

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In 1935, the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago began purchasing burial plots at Montrose Cemetery on the city’s North Side. Due to discrimination of the day, Montrose was one of few cemeteries in the area that would inter the remains of deceased persons of Japanese ancestry. In 1937 ...

One Heart Beating to the Drums of Many—A work of fiction

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“I don’t make it through this side of town too often, these days.” “When’s the last time you were down here?” I asked. “Man, it’s been years. I know Tak been tellin’ ya how we went to elementary school together down there at Maryknoll, but we was ...

Dr. Joe Takehara and Chicago Aikido

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Dr. Joe Takehara, D.D.S., a second generation Japanese American, has trained with the legends of aikido during his fifty-three years of studying the Japanese martial art. Meanwhile, he was a married father of three and built a successful dental practice from which he retired at the age of ...

The Level of Training Was Different

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Art Ishii began his judo training in 1954 at Hollywood Judo Dojo in Los Angeles, CA, under the direction of senseis Takashi Kikuchi, Frank Emi, Art Emi, Frank Watanuki, and Gene LeBell. Upon his induction into the Air Force in 1962, he was sent to Sheppard AFB in Texas.

Nooks and Crannies

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Afterward, I thought I’d tour the city. San Francisco is easily the most beautiful city in the United States, if not the world. I had a few hours to kill before heading toward the airport, and had made a short list of things I wanted to see. At this ...

Be Strong

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Be strong, be gentle, be beautiful. In judo you need strength of mind, body, and soul. I don’t mean beauty in the external sense. A compassionate soul is inner beauty. I believe that is true beauty.   —Keiko Fukuda

Nikkei Chronicles #1 — ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Farm Food

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I didn’t eat much Japanese food growing up. Born hapa Yonsei of a second generation German American mother and third generation Japanese American father who’d grown up together in the “old neighborhood” of Lakeview, Chicago, circumstances didn’t dictate much knowledge of overt Japanese customs, culinary or otherwise.

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My Issei great-grandfathers emigrated from Japan at the turn of the 20th century and worked as itinerant farmers in California's Central Valley, their picture bride wives arriving some years later. My Nisei grandparents were born and raised in Fowler/Del Rey (roughly ten miles southeast of Fresno), were later unjustly evacuated to Gila River War Relocation Center, and permanently resettled in Chicago postwar. My Sansei father grew up in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, where he met my mother, a child of German immigrants; they lived a few blocks apart and attended the same grammar school. I was born in Chicago and, aside from a number of years in Los Angeles, continue to live in Chicago.

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  • 日本食・日系フード
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