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Canadian Nikkei Series

Toronto Woodcarver Kats Takada - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >>Title: “Cancer Notice” (butternut wood)

Canadian Nikkei Series

Toronto Woodcarver Kats Takada - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Artists define culture. Nikkei artists have been helping to define ours for generations. A few who have made a personal impact are novelist/poet Joy Kogawa, writer Ken Adachi, American writers “No No Boy” John Okada of Seattle and “Yokohama, California” writer Toshio Mori, Canadian artists Roy Kiyooka, Kazuo Nakamura, architect …

A Book Review: Forgiveness: A Gift From My Grandparents

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Forgiveness by Toronto Yonsei Mark Sakamoto is a timely book for our community. Now, almost 70 years after World War Two, this will be an important anniversary for all Canadians to reflect on what happened at that terrible time in history. For us, of course, it was more than 70 years …

Canadian Nikkei Series

The Indomitable Spirit of Keiko Mary Kitagawa - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >>When I was 48 years old, I went back to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to study the Japanese language and Asian Studies. There I met Professor Rene Goldman who encouraged me to write about my family’s experience during WWII. This was the beginning of my …

Canadian Nikkei Series

The Indomitable Spirit of Keiko Mary Kitagawa - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

       “...It matters not how strait the gate,       How charged with punishments the scroll,       I am the master of my fate,       I am the captain of my soul.”

Canadian Nikkei Series

Fumi Torigai: Evolution of a Canadian Nikkei - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >>Your group was involved in an extraordinary fundraising effort for the 3.11 tsunami and earthquake survivors. In response to 3.11 Tohoku earthquake/tsunami disaster, the JCAY (Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon) had organized a Japanese Village Festival, and raised over $40,000 to donate to the Japanese Red Cross. …

Canadian Nikkei Series

Fumi Torigai: The Evolution of a Canadian Nikkei - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Who among us Nikkei has ever wondered about whether our lives might have been ‘better’ had we been raised, educated and worked in Japan?

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*Sansei *Born in Toronto *Grandparents are from Shiga and Kumamoto kens* Families were interned in Kaslo, Bayfarm and on a Manitoba beet farm * Lived in Sendai, Japan from 1994 to 2004 * Teacher in Brampton, ON * Aikidoka * Writer for the Nikkei Voice for close to 20 years * Writer of "Canadian Nikkei series" which aims at preserving Canadian Nikkei stories. Future of the community? It depends on how successful we are in engaging our youth. The University of Victoria's (BC) Landscapes of Injustice project is a good one.... gambatte kudasai!

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko
  • aikido

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