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Japanese-American New Years

母の家族は曽祖父が伝統を始めた頃から大きいお正月パーティーを行なっています。私の曽祖父はヤマトトラベルの創設者として、一年に一回家族全員と誘われた友達が集まって、人数が多ければ多いほどビジネスを繁盛させると信じていました。家族は一般的な日本のお正月の伝統に従わないんですが、自分の特別な日系アメリカ人の伝統を始めて、今日はそのお正月の伝統について書きたいと思っています。My mom’s side of the family has been putting on their big New Years party since my great-grandpa started the tradition. He was the founder of… 525 more words


IONTW – January 15, 2017

I missed when it ran aground, but the boat beached at Salmon Creek in Sonoma County is still there. Or it was on Boxing Day anyway. 46 more words


6 Things I'm Thinking About 1/13

What’s been on my mind beyond this little blog? Below, find immigrant and first-gen youth sharing their stories of hope and hard reconciliation, timely books… 312 more words



— Shizue Iwatsuki / Lawson Fusao Inada

Shizue Iwatsuki was interned with her husband and daughter first at the Pinedale Assembly Center (Fresno), then Tule Lake Prison Camp (California), and finally Minidoka Prison Camp (Idaho). 90 more words


Mighty Willamette!
Beautiful friend,
I am learning,
I am practicing
To say your name.

Sure, I go to school
Same as you,
I’m an American. 111 more words

Nikkei Theology: Untangling Barbed Wire

In my dreams I am frequently met with all manner of bodily calamity – teeth falling out, piping hot lava, exhaling steam pipes swallowing me up in fine, chalky mist. 985 more words


IONTW - December 11, 2016

TODAY! (Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!) Open House at the printshop in Sebastopol, CA.

Tuesday 12/13, George Takei’s Broadway musical Allegiance was also made into a movie and will be showing in select theatres. 23 more words