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What is Nikkei Food? A Conversation with Chef Ron Elmaleh

Mimi Okabe

What does Japanese or Nikkei food in Canada look like? Taste like? Who better to ask than the executive chef and owner of Kobachi Japanese Cuisine, Ron Elmaleh. Ron is a Japanese Moroccan who was born in Israel and grew up in Japan. He went to school in the United …

Writing Wrongs in the Past and Present: How Director Sherri Kajiwara is Preserving Nikkei Voices in Canada - Part 2

Mimi Okabe

Writing Wrongs: Intro to Protest Letters/Paroles perdues : introduction aux lettres de protestation.© Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 2021.

Writing Wrongs in the Past and Present: How Director Sherri Kajiwara is Preserving Nikkei Voices in Canada - Part 1

Mimi Okabe

Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

Yoru no kangaegoto | Night Thoughts

Mimi OkabeSachi Kikuchi

“Jyā mata raishū ne!” 

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Hajimemashite! My name is Mimi Okabe, and I immigrated to Canada when I was 11 months old. I identify as bicultural and bilingual, though I would like to be a polyglot one day! I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, where I've taught literature, pop culture and Japanese. As a scholar of Japanese cultural studies, my research and expertise lie in neo-Meiji and neo-Victorian adaptations of Sherlock Holmes! I am also one of the founders of Japanese for Nikkei, an online learning and teaching platform specializing in reconnecting Nikkei with their heritage language. I hope to show my support as a volunteer by writing articles in both English and Japanese and in any way Discover Nikkei sees fit! To learn more about me, please consider visiting and Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko
  • heritage language acquisition

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