Bobby Okinaka

Bobby Okinaka es el Editor de Web para Discover Nikkei. Creció en las bases militares alrededor del mundo pero ahora Los Angeles es su casa. Tras graduarse en Estudios sobre Sudeste de Asia en UCLA, enseñó inglés en Wakayama, Japón durante 3 años. En su tiempo libre produce un talk show Asiático- Americano llamado "Tokyo a la Mode".

Última actualización en diciembre de 2007

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I called my grandmother "Oba-chan"

I called my grandmother "Oba-chan." It is the Japanese word for "grandmother." She was born somewhere in California just before the First World War. Her parents arrived in America by a ship from Japan. My brother remembers her once showing a sepia-toned photo of a Japanese man wearing an American soldier's uniform of that time period. Was he drafted into the U.S. Army for the war? We'll never know the answer to that question because Oba-chan isn't around to answer it. And on top of that, we can't find that photo after cleaning out her house when she passed away. …

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Discover Nikkei en Brasil – Celebrando el Centenario de la Inmigración Japonesa

El año 2008 marca el Centenario de la Inmigración Japonesa en el Brasil. El 18 de junio de 1908, desembarcaron en el puerto de Santos, 793 personas en el buque “Kasato-maru” para inicar una nueva vida en estas tierras. Para los 1.5 millones de brasileros descendentes de japoneses, el “Kasato Maru” es su “Mayflower” y un símbolo de sus historias y de su identidad.

El Centenario se celebró tanto en Brasil como en Japón. En Brasil, la cultura japonesa fue literalmente desfilado por las calles como parte del Carnaval. Los bailarines con atuendos de samurai y geisha se movián con …

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My Nisei Week, Our Nisei Week

Saturday, August 16

On Saturday morning I arrived early at the Japanese American National Museum. Yonezawa-san was already there. He is the president of the Miyagi Kenjinkai. Miyagi Prefecture is famous throughout Japan for the Tanabata Festival in Sendai. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the streets of Sendai are lined with colorful decorations called fukinagashi. Yonezawa-san and the Miyagi Kenjinkai made five fukinagashi that we were going to use to decorate the central hall of the museum. The Kenjinkai boss was especially excited to share a part of his culture with the Nisei Week festival-goers.

Four …

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Nikkei Parents’ Day

Nikkei in Los Angeles recognized Parents’ Day on July 27 with a ceremony honoring the 2008 Parents of the Year at the George and Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. This year the honor was bestowed upon two families, Kaname and Kuriyo Inaba of Northridge and Haruo and Takako Yamashiro of Gardena. Both families were recognized not only for being role models as parents but for their commitment to community service as well.


Local children participated in the celebration by drawing pictures of their families for the Nikkei Parents’ Day art contest. And there was also a …

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La Vida Sake: Supporters sip for the Little Tokyo Service Center

Normally automobiles and alcoholic beverages don’t mix, but at the “La Vida Sake” fundraiser event, the cars were parked and the sake helped raise money for the Little Tokyo Service Center.

“La Vida Sake” was a sake and food tasting event held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA on May 22, 2008.

In Japan, the word “sake” refers to all types of alcoholic beverages. The correct term for what we know as “sake” is “Nihon-shu.”

The sake tasting event was the perfect opportunity for LTSC supporters to learn more about sake and even find …

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