Mika Nishimura, broadcast producer and director of Artika Internationalwas born and raised in Kyoto While studying at Deakin University in Geelong in the early 1990s, Mika wrote this essay, Cultural Identity of Japanese Immigrants and their descendants in Geelong.
Mika’s essay explores the cultural identities of Japanese immigrants and their descendants in Australia in the last 100 years. The research is based on a case study of three Japanese immigrants who came to Melbourne at the turn of the century and later established laundries in Geelong; Setsutaro Hasegawa, Motoshiro Ito and George Taro Furuya and their descendants, who mostly lived in Geelong at the time of this research.
Mika (at age 10) nursing her youngest sister, Kana on the side street in Yamashina, Kyoto.
Mika with her grandmother, Hatsue Nishimura (who taught her to read and write) probably at Maruyama park behind Yasaka shrine in Kyoto.
Mika (on the right) with her father, Keiichi Nishimura and her sister, Yumiko for Mika’s 7th and Yumiko’s 3rd ceremony (Shichigosan) we had at Yasaka shrine in Kyoto. This photo was taken in Maruyama park behind Yasaka shrine after the ceremony.