Nanako Mizushima writes as the American-born daughter of Japanese immigrants. She writes to understand herself, to explore creative expression, fold origami creations, and to pass stories on to the next generation — which includes her three children.
Nana’s parents survived WWII in Japan and immigrated to America shortly after the Occupation. Although she was born and grew up in Boulder, Colorado, Nana’s childhood experiences in Romania, the Netherlands, and Japan also greatly influenced her. After graduating from the University of Colorado, she obtained a Master’s Degree from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York City.
In addition to working for the National Park Service, a Japanese steel company, and writing as the Japan Correspondent for an American newspaper, Nana worked with international students at the University of Colorado, Stanford University and the Fulbright Commissions in Tokyo, Japan and Jakarta, Indonesia. She also taught and wrote about jewelry making.
After translating and publishing Tei’s memoir, Nana continues to focus on fiction and non-fiction writing. She currently lives in Boulder Colorado with her husband and a cat.
Dressed up for 5-3-1 Festival.