Japanese Diaspora

The Japanese diaspora, known as Nikkei, refers to Japanese immigrants who have moved abroad permanently and their descendants following them. This series highlights the diverse cultures and communities that broadens the boundaries of what it means to be Japanese.

Deconstructing Creativity: ‘Japas’ Craft Beer, Created by a Trio of Female Japanese-Brazilians


Brazil is home to the world’s largest Japanese populations outside of Japan, numbering about 1.5 million people. The Japanese Brazilians are either 1) Japanese people from Japan who immigrated to Brazil and then became naturalized Brazilian citizens; or 2) those born in Brazil with varying degrees of Japanese ethnicity. There were many reasons why there was

The Hidden Story: The Cultural Heritage of Okinawan Tattoos


More than 120 years ago, the custom of hajichi, a deep blue pattern tattooed on the back of women’s hands in Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, was banned by the Meiji government and gradually disappeared. Hajichi was the cultural heritage of the Ryukyu Kingdom, a rite of passage to mark the coming of age, marriage, and a talisman,

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