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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Canadian Linda Ohama’s Journey Since 3-11 - Part 3

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 2 >> THE NUMBER OF CLOTH LETTERS KEEP GROWING... In June 2011 Canadian Cloth Letters there were two large cloth letters (which were later divided into 3 cloth letters). By October 2011 at the Tokyo exhibition of Canada and Tohoku cloth letters there were 11.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Canadian Linda Ohama’s Journey Since 3-11 - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >> Can you briefly describe the work you did to link the Alaskan fishermen with those in Tohoku?In 2011, I helped the BC fishing industry identify two fishing communities to support with their direct donations. After seeing how slow donation money can flow, and hearing so many rumours …

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Canadian Linda Ohama’s Journey Since 3-11 - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

It is important for the world to know that the recovery effort for the people of Tohoku is still an ongoing, painful process that is still years away from ever returning to “normal”.  Sadly, in a world where there are so many disasters competing for media attention, the survivors of …

Yellow Soul

Norm Masaji Ibuki

“There are many stories untold. Some are lost. Others will come up in the future.” (Excerpt from “Nodas in America” short story, Yokohama, California by Toshio Mori)

Japan Journal

Kannagara no michi: "Musings from Mister Donut"

Norm Masaji Ibuki

So far. The Mister Donut where I’m sitting has been a good metaphor for my experience in Sendai. It was the music, the Golden Oldies that were so important to me when I was growing up in the ‘70s, that lured me into here, like a siren call.

UBC’s new 1942 Japanese Canadian Students Fund

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Let me begin by saying that I have never had the honour of meeting Charles Kadota, 90, who passed away shortly after he received his University of British Columbia degree 70 years after he was expelled from that school because of his Japanese ancestry.

3 Nikkei Voices - The 2012 UBC Convocation Experience - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >> From Toronto’s Greig Nishio, 56, son of Tom Nishio, 91:

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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!

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  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
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  • taiko
  • aikido

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