Stuff contributed by Masaji

Canadian Nikkei Series

Tak Matsuba’s Odyssey from Vancouver to Osaka - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Rear Part 1 >> Can you give me a rough chronology of your career path? I stayed briefly in Mio (about one month) and went to Tokyo and got a job with the U.S. Occupation Forces at Haneda Air Base. The job came with housing (barracks type) and we could …

Canadian Nikkei Series

Tak Matsuba’s Odyssey from Vancouver to Osaka - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki


Canadian Nikkei Series

Hamilton Artist Bryce Kanbara

Norm Masaji Ibuki

After Bryce’s dad, Tameo Kanbara, was released from the prisoner of war camp in 1946, there were only two choices: move east of the Rocky Mountains or to war-torn Japan.

Canadian Nikkei Series

Lorne Spry On Being a Blue-eyed Canadian Living in Sendai, Japan

Norm Masaji Ibuki

The intent of this series to look a little more closely at the Nikkei community from a cultural perspective that is not often heard from in the larger dialogue.

Japan Journal

Growing up Korean in Japan - Part 2 of 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read part 1 >>Hearing Joomi’s story reminded me of my own restless feelings growing up yearning to melt into the Canadian mainstream, to be embarrassed to tell people my Japanese middle name, Masaji, to somehow erase the reasons for the laughing finger pointing and vicious name calling. There wasn’t anything …

Japan Journal

Growing up Korean in Japan - Part 1 of 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 1999. Since it was written, the situation of Koreans in Japan has changed, but since many issues persist today, we thought this was still important to share.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Ohama’s Cloth Letter exhibition begins in Toronto and Mississauga

Norm Masaji Ibuki

After a long trek across the country, Linda Ohama’s Cloth Letter exhibition has finally arrived in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario for the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

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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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