Eiji Okawa

Eiji Okawa is a historian with interests in how people organize their society and relate to one another. His fields of research include the religious and political history of medieval and early modern Japan, the social and cultural history of Japanese immigrants in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century, and pilgrimage and sacred sites in Japan and Asia. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Landscapes of Injustice, which is a collaborative project that examines the dispossession of Japanese Canadian properties in the 1940s, and University of Victoria’s history department.

Updated March 2017

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Nippon Fujinkai – Japanese Women’s Associations

This story was featured in the Nikkei National Museum’s exhibit commemorating the centennial of Japanese Canadian involvement in the First World War, 物部・もののふ:Warrior Spirit, on display at the NNM from October 8, 2016 – January 15, 2017.

Women’s associations that were organized by Japanese Canadian women in the early twentieth century were called fujinkai. Seventeen years after the arrival to Canada of the first known Japanese female immigrant, Yo Shishido, the Nippon Fujinkai was founded in Vancouver in 1904. Under Genko Nagamine’s leadership, the initial mandate of the Nippon Fujinkai was to raise funds to send ...

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