Yobun Shima

Yobun Shima nasceu e se criou na Kyoto de pós-guerra e depois trabalhou em companhia de navegação de Tóquio. Seus avós e 3 tios imigraram para o Canadá a partir de 1907, mas da década de 1930 em diante fizeram o caminho de volta, permanecendo no Canadá apenas seu tio Shoichi.

Ao saber que Shoichi tinha jogado no Vancouver Asahi, começou a pesquisar sobre a história desse time, empenhando-se ainda mais depois que se aposentou, em 2007. Atualmente, desenvolve trabalho voluntário para localizar os jogadores que não receberam a medalha Hall da Fama e respectivas famílias, a pedido do Hall da Fama de Esportes da Província de Colúmbia Britânica e contando com a colaboração dos jogadores do Asahi, suas famílias e pessoas interessadas.

Atualizado em outubro de 2020

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The Vancouver Asahi: The Search for Hall of Fame Medalists' Families

Motoji Kodama, one of the founders of the Vancouver Asahi

As already explained in my preceding essays, many Vancouver Asahi players or their families didn’t receive their honorary medals despite being inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame because their contact information were unknown. Motoji Kodama was one of the founders of the Vancouver Asahi that was formed in 1914 as well as the Nikkei Canadian Baseball Team ”Nippon,” that was formed four year ahead of the legendary Vancouver Asahi Team. He is also one of the Asahi members whose induction medal was unclaimed.  

Motoji Kodama was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1877. In 1898, at the age of …

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The Vancouver Asahi: The Search for Hall of Fame Medalists' Families

Yozaemon Kondo, Vancouver Asahi’s first player 

The legendary Vancouver Asahi, strongest Nikkei baseball team before WWⅡ, was little known in Japan. However, their induction news in 2003 and 2005 became a hot topic in Japan. Yuya Ishii directed a film in Japanese, The Vancouver Asahi in 2014, on the centennial of its formation. The film premiered at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival and received the People's Choice award.

In Feb. 2011, three years ahead of the release of the film, there was an exhibition on immigration to North America in Hikone City, Shiga where many Asahi players were from. In the exhibition, a group photo …

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The Vancouver Asahi: The Search for Hall of Fame Medalists' Families

George Iga, a Seattle-based Vancouver Asahi Player

The legendary Vancouver Asahi Baseball Team was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Honorary medals were prepared for each Asahi player, but many remained unclaimed. In 2014, I happened to find that my late uncle Shoichi Shima, who was one of the earliest Asahi players, never received an induction medal. Subsequently, I received the medal on my uncle’s behalf. Since then, I have been voluntarily tracking down those Asahi families with unclaimed medals.

One of the medalists was George Iga. With huge support from Dr. Marie …

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

A história de família de Kenichi Doi, arremessador do Asahi Vancouver

Em 1926, quando o Vancouver Asahi conquistou a vitória na Liga Terminal, Kenichi Doi era o arremessador do time. Mas inicialmente ele jogou no “Sun”, um time de beisebol nikkei da Mina de Carvão nº 5 de Cumberland, na ilha de Vancouver.

Eu pude conhecer a história de Kenichi em detalhes graças ao meu amigo Norm Ibuki, que me apresentou ao seu amigo George Doi, o filho mais velho de Kenichi.

Quando Kenichi estava no auge da carreira como jogador de beisebol, George era ainda criança e diz não se lembrar de ter visto a figura do pai jogando. A …

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

In search of the two earliest Asahi players, Kodama and Tabata - Part 2

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Kaichi Tabata’s family in Japan

After the induction medal issue was settled, I received mail on November 27, 2019 from Keiichi Tabata in Japan.

Dear Mr. Shima, 

Let me introduce myself. I am Keiichi Tabata, grandson of Kaichi Tabata who is the first baseball player of Vancouver Asahi.

….My grandfather Kaichi Tabata was born in Suzuka City, Mie, Japan in 1895, married with Nobu and had seven children (4 boys and 3 girls). My late father Terukazu Tabata, the first son, was born in Vancouver in 1926 and stayed there four years until Kaichi and his …

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