Nichi Bei News columnists offer insight, advice, perspectives, ideas, history and the latest news about every aspect of Nikkei life.

Changing Landscapes | Keiji Uesugi

A licensed landscape architect with more than 20 years of professional experience, Keiji Uesugi is an expert in cultural landscapes and Japanese gardens of North America.

Nikkei Q | Amy Sueyoshii

Writing a column from a Nikkei LGBTQ perspective, Amy Sueyoshi, Ph.D. is the provost of the San Francisco State University.

The Gochiso Gourmet | Ryan Tatsumoto

The Gochiso Gourmet is a column on food, wine and healthy eating written from Hawai‘i by Ryan Tatsumoto, a recently retired clinical pharmacist and a budding chef/recipe developer/wine taster.

The Great Unknown & the Unknown Great | Greg Robinson

Dedicated to bringing out unknown figures in Japanese American history, Greg Robinson, Ph.D. is a professor of history at l’Université du Québec À Montréal and author of several books.

Rabbit Ramblings | Chizu Omori

A longtime activist, Chizu Omori, of Oakland, Calif. is co-producer of the award-winning film “Rabbit in the Moon.”

Let’s Talk | Satsuki Ina

Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in intergenerational trauma, as well as a filmmaker and author.

Finding Your Nikkei Roots | Linda Harms Okazaki

Linda Harms Okazaki is a professional genealogist who specializes in Japanese American records.

Fantastic Voyage | Jeff Asai

Jeff Asai, a Yonsei who grew up attending the San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church, writes from the town of Asuka, Nara Prefecture, where he serves as an assistant minister at a Jodo-shu temple, Jokokuji.

Lasting Commitments | Laurie Shigekuni

Laurie Shigekuni, owner of the law firm of Laurie Shigekuni & Associates, has practiced estate planning, probate and trust administration law since 1996.

Nihongo Corner | Arisa Hiroi

Arisa Hiroi, a Japanese language teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, provides easy-to-follow Japanese language lessons for various situations.

Origami Now | Linda Mihara

Linda Mihara, the owner of the Paper Tree store in San Francisco’s Japantown, provides step-by-step origami lessons that are easy to follow.

Comics | Sam Nakahira

Sam Nakahira (she/they) is a comic artist and illustrator. She makes comics about overlooked histories, the natural world, dreams, and more — mostly within a framework of Japanese / Japanese American history and mythology.

The Heart of Kanji | Rev. Masato Kawahatsu

Rev. Masato Kawahatsu, a minister at the Konko Church of San Francisco and Konko Center of South San Francisco who teaches Japanese calligraphy, provides the meaning behind Japanese kanji characters.

Columnist Archive

Parting Shots | K.W. Lee

Dissent | Carl Takei

Through Yonsei Eyes | Mika Osaki

Entertainment Re-Oriented | Ben Hamamoto

C(API)tol Correspondent | Bill Wong

The Kaeru Kid | The Kaeru Kid 

Yakyu by the Numbers | Kerwin Berk

Yakyu by the Numbers | Drew Morita