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Canadian Nikkei Artist

Norman Takeuchi - An Uneasy Harmony of Sorts

Norm Masaji Ibuki


Canadian Nikkei Artist

Toronto art at the Royal Ontario Museum: Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World

Norm Masaji Ibuki

What does being Japanese Canadian (JC) mean to you? And, how was the world of your own family broken by the experience of internment?

The Lost Highways: BC JC Heritage Sign Project Ends, Ontario’s Begins - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

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The Lost Highways: BC JC Heritage Sign Project Ends, Ontario’s Begins - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Certainly one of the most important Japanese Canadian projects that was completed in 2018 was the Highway Legacy Sign Project in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The ambitious eight site project included important reminders that Nisei and Issei men worked as forced labour to build highways in some of the most ...

Canadian Nikkei Series

Sally Ito’s Memoir The Emperor’s Orphans: An interview - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

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Canadian Nikkei Series

Sally Ito’s Memoir The Emperor’s Orphans: An interview - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki


A Principled Stand: Gordon Hirabayashi V. the United States: A Book Review

Norm Masaji Ibuki

As this past September 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the Redress settlement, I want to share some learning about one of the most important Japanese American heroes, Dr. Gordon Kiyoshi Hirabayashi (1918-2012), whose stand against the 1942 curfew and internment of JAs during World War Two continues to inspire ...

Canadian Nikkei Series

Canadian Nikkei: Oakville Sansei Dr. Erik Nabeta - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

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Canadian Nikkei Series

Canadian Nikkei: Oakville Sansei Dr. Erik Nabeta - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

As a public school teacher, I’m keenly aware of the breakneck speed at which culture is evolving and how, correspondingly, ideas of “Nikkeiness” are changing too. Who needs grandpa anymore when discussions and information are just a Google search away?

In Canada, May is Asian Heritage Month: Banzai!

Norm Masaji Ibuki

I recently arrived back home after an intense four days in Victoria, BC where I attended as a member of the Landscapes of Injustice Community Council.

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About

*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!

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko
  • aikido

Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

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