At the end of Kodomo no hi I am marveling at how many people are here to celebrate, at how many activities the Center has planned for the kids. I count on the event brochure: there are twenty partner organizations involved, including local businesses, community groups, performing arts groups.
Remembering the truth of the sign in Left Bank Books, “If you liked school, you’ll love work,” Omar Willey looks back on the indoctrination process.
I’m a JA girl who celebrates Girls’ Day with mochi and pancakes, so I can’t expect authenticity in traditions. This year, as we took our young daughters, I couldn’t help feeling a certain nostalgia for a different kind of hanami, perhaps even a desire for a broader awareness of this tradition in Seattle.
So why celebrate? Part of the answer lies in presence: the desire to be connected with family, with some of the intentions of Girls’ Day: a day to wish the girls happiness in their futures: a day to sit around a table and share food. And yet part of why we celebrate Girls’ Day also lies in distance.
Of mixed-ness and mixed-upness: Tamiko Nimura talks about her experience of dual heritage.
Tamiko Nimura goes in search of the story of her story of the story of Japanese Americans, past, present and future.
Thoughts collected from teaching arts criticism to students around Seattle.
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