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Happy Hockey Hapas’ “Dream Season”

Chuck Tasaka

Every team across Canada dreams about winning it all, and in 2018, Richmond’s Seafair Islanders Bantam hockey club’s young U-15 (ages 13-14) finished the season as winners of the Pacific Coast Tier One regular season with a record of 19-1, and moved on to the play-off series to qualify for …

Mystery Album - Part 2

Chuck Tasaka

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Mystery Album - Part 1

Chuck Tasaka


First Lady Plumber in Canada Is a Nikkei

Chuck Tasaka


Canadian Nisei! You Know You’re Old When…

Chuck Tasaka

The Nisei—the group who suffered the most during the World War II incarceration of Japanese Canadians and Americans—is now heading into the twilight of their lives. They survived and succeeded because of their resilience, perseverance, and determination. Now, they can enjoy the fruits of their labor as they proudly look …

Ema Lake: An Emerging Talent

Chuck Tasaka

In the summer of 2016, I was in the midst of planning a major fundraising event to help finance the Nikkei Legacy Park project in Greenwood, BC. The family plaques for those who lived through the internment were paid for by donors. Sakura trees and Japanese lanterns were also donated …

Iwasaki Family of Salt Spring Island

Chuck Tasaka

Ray Torao Iwasaki was born in Ganges, B.C. in 1933 and he lived an idyllic life on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. His father Torazo came to Vancouver in 1907. His mother, Fuku, from Shizuoka arrived on the Empress of Vancouver in 1918 to marry …

Nisei Story: Unexpected Friendship Lost and Found

Chuck Tasaka

Teresa Chizu Kurisu lived a normal Powell Street life as a child. She attended Strathcona Elementary School in East Vancouver and went to Japanese Language School soon after with her Japanese Canadian friends. Teresa’s parents were Catholic so she took in church activities with her parents. This was a time …

Nikkei Chronicles #6—Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

No Time for ITADAKIMASU!

Chuck Tasaka

Itadakimasu. What’s that? I never heard of it when I was growing up in postwar Canada. Japanese Language School didn’t exist in Greenwood. The only word similar to that was “Itai!” or “Itai-na!” when your older brother or sister was shoving you aside to get the best seat at the …

Nisei Nicknames

Chuck Tasaka

In this day of hi-tech computer with iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, and so forth, whatever happened to the old fashion nicknames? Nowadays, you hear of famous athletes with nicknames like Burnsie, Burr, Marky, JJ, JR, or AJ. Quite vanilla, I think. There should be more “wasabi” injected into the present day …

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A graduate of U.B.C. and retired teacher since 2002. Coached various sports for 41 years, but in 2010, I wanted to devote more time to the Nikkei history. I wrote two books, "Hanatare Bozu" and " Family History of Greenwood-Midway.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • Japanese/Nikkei food

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