Shizuko Kadoguchi

(b.1920) Japanese Canadian Nisei. Established the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Toronto

Strict school policy of separating boys and girls in Japan Marrying Bob against family’s wishes Social activities in Tashme Choice to move east or go to Japan Universal appeal of ikebana

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Nisei female. Born September 29, 1920, in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. Went with parents to Japan in 1930, and attended school there. Returned to Canada in 1940 and married before being removed to Hastings Park and then Tashme, in Canada's interior. After leaving Tashme, moved to Toronto, where husband worked for the consul-general's office. Adopted two children. Became involved in the Ikenobo Society, and went to Japan to study ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. Involved along with husband in the establishment of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto in the 1950s. (February 15, 2005)

*The full interview is available at Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

education gender Japan family marriage Canada incarceration internment tashme World War II migration post world war II ikebana

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