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Raymond Moriyama's Sakura Ball Speech - Part 3

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 2 >>CHAPTER FOUR—AS A MAN DOING THINGS OTHER THAN ARCHITECTURESachi and I have covered the Seven Continents. What is the most important thing we were learning??? To listen to the world and know it is alive, not inanimate and dead to be exploited for Homo sapiens’ selfish benefit. Sachi and …

Raymond Moriyama's Sakura Ball Speech - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Read Part 1 >>CHAPTER TWO—AS A YOUTH 12/13 AND 18War is hell! Physically facing an enemy is hell! It is even more of a psychological hell when your own country, the country of your birth, without warning, insensitively and officiously stamps you an “enemy alien,” disowns you and expels you …

Raymond Moriyama's Sakura Ball Speech - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

One of the most famous Canadian Nisei names is that of Raymond Moriyama, the internationally renowned architect of the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

NAJC President Terumi Kuwada Interview

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Come this fall, Terumi Kuwada, 63, the current National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) will be stepping down to make way for her successor.

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.

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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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