Crónicas Nikkei #11—¡Itadakimasu 3! Comida, Familia y Comunidad Nikkei

El tema de la 11.° edición de Crónicas Nikkei—¡Itadakimasu 3! Comida, familia y comunidad nikkei—da una mirada a diversas cuestiones, como: ¿de qué manera la comida que consumes te conecta con tu comunidad nikkei?, ¿qué tipo de recetas nikkei se han transmitido de generación en generación?, ¿cuál es tu platillo japonés y/o platillo nikkei favorito? 

Descubra a los Nikkei solicitóhistorias relacionadas con la comida nikkei entre mayo y septiembre del 2022. La votación finalizó el 31 de octubre de este año. Hemos recibido 15 historias (6 en español, 8 en inglés, 1 en portugués y 1 en japonés) provenientes de Brasil, Canadá, Perú y los Estados Unidos, con una historia enviada en múltiples idiomas.

Hemos pedido a nuestro comité editorial que seleccionara sus historias favoritas. Nuestra comunidad Nima-kai también votó por las historias que disfrutaron. ¡Aquí están sus elegidas!

(*Las traducciones de las historias elegidas están actualmente en proceso.)

 

La Favorita del Comité Editorial

 
La elegida por Nima-Kai:

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