Momoko is here to make the world a better place. One ogre at a time.
A quirky adventure inspired by Japan’s Peach Boy folk tale.
Pajama Press, 2014
2014 Toronto Public Library “First & Best” List
“…this story has a satisfying ring and a tasty ending. A winningly good-natured version of a familiar favorite.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Nakamura’s playful twists on gender tropes combined with Bender’s outstanding visuals make this a fun and important book for boys and girls alike.”—Quill & Quire
“As Momoko likes to say whenever she is pleased, this book is “Peachy!” in all its lush, juicy goodness.”—National Reading Campaign
“feisty Momoko is a truth-seeking explorer who doesn’t let gossip…deter her from having fabulous experiences…Momoko is surely a 21st-century original hero with epic potential.”—Smithsonian BookDragon
An anthology of sport poems for younger readers, with fifty poets from ten different countries, including me!
Friesen Press, 2012
Poked around for information on the science of laparoscopy and realized my Dad would not have such a big scar on his belly if he had a gall bladder operation nowadays.
Short pieces for shorter readers, on the science of building sand castles, how carrots got orange, and the ecology of sea stars. Unfortunately, like its older sister, Yes Mag, no longer in production.
News and features on all kinds of science topics for young readers, including how Vikings navigated, growth rates in Tyrannosaurs, and robotic camel racing. Unfortunately, no longer in production.
Hammered out an article on the hard life of a blacksmith in the Middle Ages.
My short story "The Young and The Wrestling" won the 2015 Nikkei Voice newspaper writing contest. It was about a women's professional wrestling show in a rural part of Japan, based on my experiences.
My story combining Japanese Canadian internment and the Urashima Taro folk tale came in second in 2016 but they let me illustrate it.
A satirical piece on the questionable science of Finding Nemo.
For Whom the Bell Cricket Tolls tells the story of a costume party at a science centre.
Japanese Notes shares my unstuck in time experience of an overly enthusiastic Japanese choir.
Since 2008, I have been exploring the depths of my ignorance in this blog pursuing my curiosity. I wonder what I'll do next?
Some recent posts —
AM Radio Interference
Co-written editorials on multimedia science communications for Science Borealis, a portal for Canadian science blogs since 2013
Science and Dance
Cutting edge Facts and Arguments about carving watermelon.
Part of a series for Science World, on cherry blossoms, fuel cell cars, and other examples of every day wonders.
Science in the City articles on behalf of Science World, including how toilets, caffeine, and cell phones work (but not all together).
An essay on touring internment camps in British Columbia with my parents and other Japanese Canadian survivors.
Occasional personal essays in Japanese Canadian (Nikkei) culture for this national community newspaper.