Norm Masaji Ibuki

Norm Masaji  Ibuki, vive en Oakville, Ontario. Escribió sobre la comunidad Nikkei Canadiense desde los comienzos de 1990. Escribió mensualmente una serie de artículos (1995-2004) para el diario Nikkei Voice (Toronto) donde describía su experiencia en Sendai, Japón. Actualmente, Norm  enseña en la preparataoria y continúa escribiendo para varios publicaciones.

Última actualización en diciembre de 2009

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 10: Toronto Musician Hiroki Tanaka

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Just as it is so sad to hear news of the passing of another Nisei, it is heartening to learn of more and more Japanese Canadian community members in the arts who are coming of age and making their presence known when we need them most.

I got to know Hiroki Tanaka’s father, Yusuke (Toronto), born in Sapporo, when I was at the beginning of my own quest in the early 1990s. Yusuke was the acoustic guitar strumming Japanese editor for the Nikkei Voice newspaper. I remember our first meeting, pulling my Getaway camper van in …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 9

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As we approach the second anniversary of Covid, I am conscious of the fragility of these times that we are living through: the new Omicron variant of Covid, eco-disasters in British Columbia (flooding and landslides after a summer of wildfires) and, yes, Covid numbers are climbing again across Canada. It’s time again to take yet another deep breath…

In this part, we’re celebrating the artistry of cellist Rachel Mercer (Ottawa, ON) and dancer Mayumi Lashbrook (Toronto, ON), younger members of the Japanese Canadian community, each of whom is mixed race and with different relationships with their …

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Toronto Artist Noriko Yamamoto: Artistry in Motion - Part 2

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How did your relationship with ‘Silent Storytelling’ begin?

When I first came here, I performed a modern mime theatre piece that I created for the Toronto Fringe Festival. A member of the Toronto Storytelling Festival’s programming committee saw my show. She was so in tune with me and my ‘story.’

We spoke afterwards and she invited me to tell at the next storytelling festival at Harbourfront Centre. I told her that I wasn’t a storyteller, but she convinced me that I was. Later, she told me about a story that she thought would be perfect for …

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Toronto Artist Noriko Yamamoto: Artistry in Motion - Part 1

“I think the meaning of art is difficult, and it’s different for everyone. For me, art is the finished work of a creative process that involves perception, then internalization, interpretation, and finally expression in a public forum. I feel the uniqueness of the finished work and vulnerability of the artist are byproducts of this process.”

—Toronto multidisciplinary artist, Noriko Yamamoto

It is rare that an artist slides between different media over the course of their career as Noriko Yamamoto, a Japanese artist living in Canada, has done so successfully as a dancer, mime-dancer, mime, ‘silent storyteller,’ choreographer, visual artist, and …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Japanese Canadian Art in the Time of Covid-19 - Part 8: British Columbia edition

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After rereading the responses from this chapter’s featured artists from British Columbia, one issue really stands out for me: Canada’s vast geography and how we are divided into two solitudes—east and west—a lasting legacy of the internment.

Vancouver, BC, where our Japanese Canadian story begins, is about 5000 kilometers, a five-day drive, due west from Oakville, Ontario, where I sit now.

As a Toronto-born Sansei, my BC-born parents lived in New Westminster and Vancouver. Growing up, I learned snippets about their lives in Slocan (grandfather Hayashida died there), Bayfarm, Strawberry Hill (Ibuki farm), and Middlechurch, Manitoba, …

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