Ariel Okamoto

Ariel Okamoto is a fourth-generation Japanese American living in Los Angeles. She currently works as a copywriter at UCLA and as a freelance grant writer and development consultant. Her spare time is devoted to family activities, church and community volunteering, cultural learning, and creative writing.

Updated October 2018

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Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots: Digging into Our Cultural Heritage

Finding Nikkei Roots Around the World

Travel uproots daily routines for new places and new discoveries. But, somehow, my own discoveries in my own travels have often given me deeper roots—especially in my evolving Japanese American identity.

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Hiroshima, Japan. Still half asleep, a few of us high schoolers crept out of the hotel and down to the water to watch the first rays of light over the bay—a mandatory, I thought, when visiting the land of the rising sun. This exchange trip across Japan was my first time seeing the “motherland,” and I eagerly took in everything from ornate temples to …

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