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The Work and the Way Forward: A Tapestry of Post-Election Reactions from Seattle-Area Nikkei

Tamiko Nimura

These last several weeks after this year’s presidential election, I have grieved for my community, one that is made up largely of people from a variety of marginalized and minority communities. Friends who are Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos/as, Native Americans. Friends who are gay and lesbian and bisexual and …

Uncovering a “Lost” Japanese American Village in Bainbridge Island, Washington: A Behind the Scenes Interview with Archaeologist Floyd Aranyosi

Tamiko Nimura

Readers here may already be familiar with the fascinating story of Yama and Nagaya, a Japanese sawmill village settlement on Bainbridge Island, Washington. From 1883 to the 1920s, Japanese pioneers created a village complete with houses, churches and temples, a grocery store, laundries, a hotel, and even a photo studio. …

Handmade In Camp: A Museum Pays Tribute to Nikkei History in Auburn, Washington

Tamiko Nimura

Cherry blossoms made out of tiny white shells. A handcarved wooden vase. A Japanese doll in kimono.

Tacoma’s Nihonmachi Is in the Heart

Tamiko Nimura

“What are you working on now?” my hairdresser asks me. We’ve seen each other for years, and she knows about my writing projects.

Bringing the Worlds of Nihonjin and Nikkeijin Together: An Interview with Lynne Kutsukake

Tamiko Nimura

Wabi-Sabi Stitches: Sanae Ishida’s Path to Sewing Happiness

Tamiko Nimura

For the Sake of the Ancestors and the Children: The “Small But Mighty” Work of the Camp Harmony Committee

Tamiko Nimura

Every September, thousands of people “do the Puyallup.” For Washington State residents it’s an opportunity to visit the State Fairgrounds, ride the rollercoasters, listen to concerts, and eat scones with raspberry jam.

A New Gateway to the Past: The Seward Park Torii Project in Seattle

Tamiko Nimura

A Southern friend of mine once told me that she moved to the West Coast because it was a place of destiny-making, a place where one could begin anew. But one of the first questions that she asked was, “Where do you all keep your history? Where is your Williamsburg?” …

A North American Nikkei Explores South American Nikkei Cuisine

Tamiko Nimura

The Secret “American Japanese” Garden in Seattle

Tamiko Nimura

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 …

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Tamiko Nimura is an Asian American writer living in Tacoma, Washington. Her training in literature and American ethnic studies (MA, PhD, University of Washington) prepared her to research, document, and tell the stories of people of color. She has been writing for Discover Nikkei since 2008.

Tamiko just published her first book, <em>Rosa Franklin: A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice</em> (Washington State Legislature Oral History Program, 2020). Her second book is a co-written graphic novel, titled <em>We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration</em> (Chin Music Press/Wing Luke Asian Museum, forthcoming February 9, 2021). She is working on a memoir called <em>PILGRIMAGE</em>.

Nikkei interests

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

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