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My Aunt Hiroko Nagaike Sensei - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >>Sensei’s eldest son, Fumiyasu, 61, is now the official head of the clinic, carrying on in traditional fashion. Her two other sons are also doctors: Yasuo is a dentist in Tokyo and Hiroshi has his own clinic in Saitama. However, the future of the women’s clinic is …

My Aunt Hiroko Nagaike Sensei - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

One of the greatest laments that I have for the pre-WW2 immigrant generation is that our connections with Japan have largely disappeared.

Remembering Thomas Makiyama Sensei

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Whenever I go back to Japan these days, it is really with more of a sense of mission, reevaluating my relationship with Japan and my identity of which being Nikkei is significant.

“I am an American first and foremost and I am black” -- American Enka singer Jero

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Today, in the uniquely traditional world of Japanese enka, there is no bigger new name than Jero.

The Artistry of Kimiko Koyanagi

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Even long after I’ve seen them, some of the sculptured figures that artist Kimiko Koyanagi has created haunt me in the way their long vertical lines rise upward and finding their nadir of expression in faces that are contemplative, inward feeling, seeking some kind of inner peace.

Japan Journal: A Repat's Story - Part 3

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Continuation of Hiroshi Kumagai’s story.

Japan Journal: A Repat's Story - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Continuation of Hiroshi Kumagai’s story.

Japan Journal: A Repat's Story - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Since I arrived in Japan a year ago, I’ve wanted to speak to Canadian Nikkei about their experience living here in Japan. I’ve met and talked with a couple who refused to be interviewed so I was especially pleased when Mr. Lloyd Hiroshi Kumagai contacted me after reading an article …

Tadaima Sendai!

Norm Masaji Ibuki

It had been about three years and I was really itching to get back to Japan this past summer.

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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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