Welcome to Sansei Life!
A blog exploring and learning about the Asian community in Denver.
When I was much younger I tried a new Japanese restaurant in Arvada called Namiko’s for a sushi snack. It was very good. I got into a conversation with Yuri the owner and she offered me a part time job on weekends.
I spent most of the first evening running to Yuri asking her what the various dishes were and what was in them and what they tasted like. In exasperation Yuri asked me if I was Japanese! She could not understand how a Japanese did not know simple restaurant fare.
That is when I really understood that I was a Sansei out of touch with my culture. I am ready to experience and learn about today’s Asian culture.
Issei First Generation
Nisei Second Generation
Sansei Third Generation
Yonsei Fourth Generation
Gosei Fifth Generation
Please join me as I explore the rich Asian culture that is part of Denver and Colorado’s unique makeup. Please share your stories and ideas on what you’d like to hear more about, events and what is happening in Denver in the Asian community.
Paula Matsumoto

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  1. Very exciting Paula!
    Namiko’s has been a favorite of ours also for many years and Yuri and her daughter and son-in-law are always so welcoming and the food is outstanding.
    You have such a rich and beautiful culture this is such a fun way to explore. I love that you are brave! Good Luck! Molly
    PS: Will share this blog with my friends. Thank you for including me!

    1. Paula, I’m so excited you are exploring your culture and all the exciting avenues along the way! I look forward to hearing more.

      1. Oops, I thought you were commenting on a different post, a project I am working on with my Pastor… I am a new blogger and I should have made sure I knew what the comment was on. Thank you for posting the story of my turkey carving lessons with my Dad. I think of him every time I eat turkey!

      1. Your very welcome, I am having a good Holiday. However it’s folks like you that make it that much better! Happy Holidays!

  2. Fantastic. Thanks for offering to beta read for me.
    I would be very grateful if you would peruse whichever of the books is of interest to you and send me your comments about any changes you can suggest eg is the book too long, are the characters all the same, does the plot make sense, and most importantly is it entertaining?
    Could you please send me your email address via the contact page on paranorensics.com , and I will email you the pdf of either, or both books.
    Do you mind if I post your comments on my blog, to give others some insight into the self publishing process please?
    Thank you so much for your interest.

  3. Thank you for the comment on my doodles! It’s likely that I’ll be moving back to Colorado sometime soon and I really like the focus of this blog, I might end up in Denver and so I look forward to reading more.

  4. Thanks Paula for this wonderful blog. It is so inspiring to meet people (even just on the net, through blogs) who are proud of their heritage and explore the richness of their culture. Take care and Keep Blogging…..PLEASE!

    1. Thank you, a friend of mine did that for me. I am going to start using his artwork on my blog and have one piece I am incorporating into a story I’m posting soon. He paints in many different mediums, draws using different materials and of all things has recently taken up knitting and sent me a hat in purple! I’ll let him know you enjoyed his work, he doesn’t realize how talented he is.

  5. So many people talk about assimilation as if it involved only gains, no losses. I’m third generation Jewish-American (on one side; possibly fifth generation on the other, although I’m not sure). I only know a handful of Yiddish words, a bare bit of the culture my grandparents came from. The irony is that they–my grandparents–were ardent Yiddishists, dedicated to preserving the language and the culture it held. And by way of oddity, I’m now an immigrant myself, having left the U.S. to live in Britain.

  6. Hello,
    You let me include some of your words in a book, and I’m super excited and so glad to announce to you that Fall in Love with Writing is published!!!!!!!
    Yay, it’s available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B019CDRZXA?%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0
    It’s only available as an ebook as I don’t have the resources to print hard copies any time soon.
    I didn’t want to wait and do nothing and I’m not looking for the perfect best-selling book; I’m just learning as I go and doing what I can now.
    Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle, the Kindle Cloud Reader is free and allows you to read Kindle books (I don’t think it’s compatible with Android platforms though). I’m looking at making it available through Google Play and as a pdf too.
    Thank you so much for letting me include your words. I really hope you love the book!!!
    Let me know what you think of it and any ways I could improve it. And if you have the time to leave a review on the Amazon page, that would be awesome. And to keep updated with everything, please like my writer’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/junidesireewriter/
    Look forward to perhaps working with you on a sequel one day – hehe!

  7. Hello Paula ~

    I love your blog here on WordPress and so am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award!!

    Congrats and Enjoy! You do have an exceptional site ~ and I so enjoy your work and insights!


  8. Hi, Paula!
    Lynz spoke highly about you and she was right. You have a nice blog here and I will come back to read it because I love japanese traditions.
    Monica ❤

  9. Hi Paula! Thanks for liking all of my posts. Im also pretty fond of the Japanese culture and traditions. Im inspired by so many Japanese artists. Currntly I’m updating a course on drawing…do follow along if you’re interested in that kind of stuff. 🙂 I will too.

  10. Hi Paula, thank you for liking a comment of mine on another blog. I wanted to stop by to check yours out as well and am glad I did. Asian and Egyptian cultures have always fascinated me and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Have a great weekend! ~Steph

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