Stuff contributed by Masaji

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Linda Ohama’s Message of Hope for Tohoku

Norm Masaji Ibuki

I am very proud to say that my friend film maker/poet/artist Linda Ohama of Vancouver has spearheaded some of the most ambitious relief efforts for the Tohoku tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

5 Months after the Disaster & So Much Yet To Do…

Norm Masaji Ibuki

After the disaster on March 11th, the narrative then takes on a life of its own.

70 Years After the University of British Columbia Nisei ‘Expulsion’

Norm Masaji Ibuki

The story of the Nisei who were “expelled” from the University of British Columbia in 1941-42 has struck a strong chord with our Nikkei community.

Book Review: Adios to Tears

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Adios to Tears is the remarkable story of a Japanese immigrant to Peru who lost his home and business and joined thousands of other innocent Japanese immigrants in Central and South America who ended up interned in American concentration camps during World War Two.

A Eulogy for Mom

Norm Masaji Ibuki

My mother, Sumiko ‘Sue’ Ibuki (nee Hayashida) passed away suddenly on June 22, 2011.

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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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