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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit

Japanese Culture in Modern Hawaii

Many Japanese customs remain popular in Hawaii today. Some have taken on a unique cross-cultural representation different from its Japanese origin.

Some Japanese people are surprised that the Nikkei in Hawaii have retained many elements of the Meiji Era culture that the Issei brought with them when they immigrated to Hawaii. While cultural practices in Japan have evolved, many that were brought to Hawaii by the Issei have remained intact.