Akira Uchimura is a Chilean-Japanese born in Costa Rica. He likes to think big and dreams about making the Nikkei Youth Network into a global community to change the world into a better place through “Kizuna”. At the age of 24, he came to Japan as a Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholar. After graduating, he made four trips around the world on Peace Boat, became the coordinator for the Nippon Foundation Nikkei Scholarship, and is now the executive director of Nikkei Youth Network. He loves food, graphic design and events where people share cool innovative ideas.
I am passionate about people and culture. I am astonished on how there are infinite views on life and the world, and I am always looking to find new ones.
This is a very old story told by the indigenous people of Ecuador.
It is a story that inspires me when I engage on a new project or
idea: One day, the forest was on fire. All of the animals,insects and birds in the forest rushed to escape. But there was one little hummingbird named Kurikindi,or Golden Bird, who stayed behind. This little bird went back and forth between water and fire, dropping a single drop of water from its beak onto the fire below.When the animals saw this,they began to laugh at Kurikindi,“Why are you doing that?” they asked. And Kurindi replied, “I am only doing what I can do". - This last phrase changed the way I think of life, and the power that one person can create or become when it becomes a collective power. My life goal is to create a huge flock of hummingbirds to save our planet from different fires that are hurting us.
Culture, nikkei community, diaspora, Japan, food and technology. :)
Tennis, photo manipulation, studying people and guessing who they are.
My name is Akira Uchimura, my father is Japanese (ex-diplomat) and my mother is a Chilean landscaper/Ikebana teacher/Kimono collector. I was supposed to be born in El Salvador but a few months before I was born, there was a civil war in the country so my father sent my mother to Costa Rica while he was closing the Japanese Embassy in San Salvador. After I was born in September of 1980, we moved to Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador (to reopen the embassy after 12 years of civil war), then Japan and Suriname. We stayed in each country for about three years. Thanks to this experience, I learned that people are in essence, the same inside. They have a "Kimochi" or special feeling that is universal for doing good and taking care of your family. I would like to connect these people who have that strong "Kimochi" for a borderless world.
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