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) 

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Panama Hotel

New York Times Best Seller Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a Christmas gift from my daughter. The author Jamie Ford autographed and wrote: “Rio, inspiration comes from life and good books. Keep writing” and an actual size “Do Not Disturb (reading)” book marker attached, jutting…

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Revisiting Little Tokyo / Japanese American National Museum

On my recent trip to Little Tokyo branch library in Los Angeles, notices for two fund-raising campaigns were posted—one to build a Ryoma Sakamoto statute and the other to save Bunichi Kagawa’s poem epitaph.

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Ryoma Sakamoto (1836-1867), a legendary Meiji Restoration icon, wh…

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Van Nuys Japanese Garden

It seemed like a step down. Back then, the Valley was a big oven with nothing in it, a great sea of nothing, an ocean with no ships and at night, if you went out there, were very few lights.

         —Robert Redford on moving to Van Nuys as a teenager
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Congressional Gold Medal Moment To Share

On November 2, 2011, the long awaited Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) presentation to hundreds of Japanese-American veterans who collectively fought bravely during WW II was held in Washington D.C. Amid the applause of many well-wishers and families, the ceremony was met with much fanfare, many speeches, including…

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Frank and Nevelo Yasuda, Alaskan Mining Hall of Fame

“We stayed six months cumulatively in Point Barrow, Alaska for scientific research,” said an unexpected message from my San Diego Japanese friends.

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“In the Barrow research library, we found a Japanese book An Alaskan Tale written by Jiro Nitta about Frank Yasuda1. Juji…

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