SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sedai Corner – August 2011

Sedai Corner

The Sedai Project is committed to collecting, documenting, preserving and sharing the history of the Japanese Canadians. We, the Sedai Committee, collect and preserve the Japanese Canadian history through audio and video recordings in a relaxed interview format. We continue to search for all Japanese Canadians who were born in the pre-war and war years to come and share their stories with us.


The Sedai Project is pleased to report that as of July 31, 2011, 105 individuals have assisted us in documenting and preserving the Japanese Canadian history by sharing their stories with us in a Sedai interview. We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Masako Okawara, Nancy Endo, and Yoshiye Kosaka for allowing us to preserve their unique stories. A special thank you goes to Ruby Fukumoto and Kay Fujiwara for completing part two of their interviews.


Recently, Natalie Higashi has agreed to assist in editing interviews for the Sedai Project. Natalie is a freelance journalist and filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. She studied International Relations at the University of Toronto, followed by Photograph and Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Natalie went on to train with the New York Film Academy and the London Film School in England where she graduated as a Producer in 2007. Her graduation film, Wings of Blue Angels, was filmed in Bangkok, in partnership with one of Thailand’s foremost production companies, and won several accolades at festivals around the world, including the Trailblazer award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2008.


In 2010 Natalie received a second Masters in Journalism at London’s City University. She reported on the high rate of intermarriage in the Japanese Canadian community for her thesis project, which was subsequently commissioned by the CBC and made into a documentary for the national radio program, The Current.


Natalie is a member of the Heritage Committee at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and we are fortunate to have her expertise for the project. From the help of Natalie, we look forward to updating the Sedai website with the stories collected at the Japanese Canadian Experience Conference: Sharing your stories of the war years, November 2010.


We are pleased to have surpassed our goal and we would like to thank you for your continued support and interest in the project. We look forward to continuing the project and completing another 100 interviews. Anyone who wishes to share their story or who wishes to learn more about Sedai please contact Lisa Uyeda at 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5 or or or by telephone at 416-441-2345 ext 303. In the meantime you can also find more information about the project at


We look forward to hearing from you!

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