Tamiko Nimura

Tamiko Nimura é uma escritora sansei/pinay [filipina-americana]. Originalmente do norte da Califórnia, ela atualmente reside na costa noroeste dos Estados Unidos. Seus artigos já foram ou serão publicados no San Francisco ChronicleKartika ReviewThe Seattle Star, Seattlest.com, International Examiner  (Seattle) e no Rafu Shimpo. Além disso, ela escreve para o seu blog Kikugirl.net, e está trabalhando em um projeto literário sobre um manuscrito não publicado de seu pai, o qual descreve seu encarceramento no campo de internamento de Tule Lake [na Califórnia] durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Atualizado em junho de 2012

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A North American Nikkei Explores South American Nikkei Cuisine

A set of chopsticks wrapped in bright ribbon, decorated with Portuguese words. A spray of pink cherry blossoms against a persimmon-red background. These two images open Luiz Hara’s cookbook Nikkei Cuisine: Japanese Food the South American Way, published in 2015. They preview the content and sensibility of the book: a deep appreciation for Japanese elements in a South American environment.

Like his book’s subject, Hara contains multiple geographies and identities: Brazilian-born, Italian-Japanese descent, London supper club chef, Cordon-Bleu trained, ardent student of Japanese and French cuisine and chefs alike. Hara’s enthusiasm for his subject is clear in every page of …

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The Secret “American Japanese” Garden in Seattle

On the way to downtown Seattle, there’s a freeway sign advertising a tourist attraction that’s always intrigued me: “Kubota Garden,” it says. I asked my friend, native Seattleite and Beacon Hill boy Omar Willey about it. “You’d know about it if you went to St. Paul school, which was the next block up,” he tells me, “but you could drive up Renton Ave. for years and never see it.” After years of living in the Pacific Northwest, I finally got to go see what the garden was all about. I wasn’t disappointed.

The Kubota Garden is twenty acres of land …

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Little Kunoichi Is Kid-Tested, Kid-Approved

A children’s book about a tiny ninja girl—do I need to say anything else? There are tiny watercolor ninjas hiding among cherry blossoms and scaling castle walls. There’s a marvelously detailed “I Spy” matsuri (festival) scene, filled with onigiri, taiko drums, sumo wrestlers, and characters from Japanese fairy tales. And there’s a family pet ninja bunny.

Overall, Seattle author and illustrator Sanae Ishida has been overwhelmed by the positive response to her book Little Kunoichi, published in April 2015 from Sasquatch Books. Inspired in part by a now-defunct Seattle store named Tiny Ninja, Little Kunoichi is a wonderful …

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A Festa Que Faz uma Família

O cascalho estala sob as rodas do nosso carro ao entrarmos na garagem da casa da minha tia Nesan. Depois de pararmos o carro, o meu marido Josh e eu removemos o cinto das nossas duas garotinhas no banco de trás. Nós caminhamos até a casa, com cobertores e bichinhos de pelúcia, e eu bato na porta de tela.

“Feliz Ano Novo! Pode entrar!” responde alegremente a minha tia com seus mais de oitenta anos. Depois de abraços e comentários animados (“as meninas estão ficando tão grandes!”), nós perguntamos se poderíamos ajudar a levar qualquer coisa para a casa da …

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‘How Does Anybody Become An Artist?’: An Interview with Allen Say

Renowned writer and illustrator Allen Say has authored over 15 books, mostly for children. Though he may be best known for his picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott-winning Grandfather’s Journey, he’s also begun to write hybrid memoir/graphic novels. The first of these, Drawing from Memory, tells the story of three crucial years in his life as he was becoming an apprentice to a famed cartoonist in Japan. The sequel to this book, The Inker’s Shadow, was just released in September 2015. It reviews the three crucial years after Say came to the United States, first …

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