James Nishimura

James Nishimura is a Japanese Canadian Sansei who grew up during World War II and postwar Canada. He married in 1961 and had three sons. He worked at Tesslers until 1972 and then for Harrison & Crosfield until 1991. He also worked at George Wertman, B.C. Specialties and lastly at Prairie Distributors until he retired in 2001.

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Nishimura Family Internment Experience and Return to Vancouver

My father, Gengo (Jack) Nishimura (1910–1982), and my mother, Yuki (née Saiki) (1915–1949), were Vancouver-born Nisei. My dad’s family was from Shiga-ken and my mother’s was from Fukuoka-ken.

Before the war, we lived in the Fairview area of Vancouver where my dad had a dry-cleaning establishment. I attended the Japanese kindergarten run by the United Church of Canada in Fairview. I still have this certificate of promotion to public school which was signed by Helen R. Hurd, the principal, and the teacher Isabel Montgomery, dated June 1942.

This must have been about the time we left Vancouver …

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