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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.

Japan Journal: A Repat's Story - Part 3

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Continuation of Hiroshi Kumagai’s story.

Japan Journal: A Repat's Story - Part 2

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Continuation of Hiroshi Kumagai’s story.

Japan Journal: A Repat's Story - Part 1

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Since I arrived in Japan a year ago, I’ve wanted to speak to Canadian Nikkei about their experience living here in Japan. I’ve met and talked with a couple who refused to be interviewed so I was especially pleased when Mr. Lloyd Hiroshi Kumagai contacted me after reading ...

Tadaima Sendai!

Norm Masaji Ibuki

It had been about three years and I was really itching to get back to Japan this past summer.

Defining A New Nikkei Paradigm with Junko Mifune

Norm Masaji Ibuki

What does being Nikkei mean to you? Do I have a greater claim on Nikkeiness because my grandparents immigrated to Canada before World War Two, were interned and dispossessed of their property? Does it matter that my father served in the Canadian army? Does it matter that you can speak ...

Memoir Celebrates Yoneyama Family of Haney, B.C.

Norm Masaji Ibuki

The hands that brought me into this world were Dr. Misao Yoneyama’s at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital and it was about 30 years later that I met her and husband Dr. Wes Fujiwara during the Ghost town bus tour that was part of Homecoming, outside the Ainsworth ...

Jero and Me

Norm Masaji Ibuki

Even though American Enka-singing sensation JERO is being proclaimed at the “first black Enka singer” in Japan, I would like to claim him as one of us.

Making “Henry’s Glasses” with Brendan Uegama

Norm Masaji Ibuki

B.C. filmmaker Brendan Uegama is intensely involved in the exploration of what-it-is-to-be Nikkei today.

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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!

Nikkei interests

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

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