SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sedai Corner – September 2012

Fall has definitely arrived – a back-to-school season of fresh starts and new beginnings, but also a time for reflection and remembrance.  As 2012 creeps ever closer to its end, Sedai would like to thank our most recent interviewees for sharing their memories, anecdotes, and experiences, and committing them to recorded memory for future generations: George Fujita, Kay Nagata, Stan and Aileen Yokota, and Toshie Noda.  Sedai has now collected the accounts of 169 individuals in 178 interviews to date, totaling approximately 413 hours of recorded material.  Many thanks to our interviewees and their supporters – you continue to inspire and astonish with your dedication to the project!

In developing news, the JCCC Archives have been working with the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC to bring the national Nikkei community a searchable database and resource for researching, locating, and reminiscing about the history and legacy of our community.  The database is working to include organizations from across Canada in a joint effort to make resources – such as photographs and old documents – viewable to anyone from coast to coast.  Further details will be announced in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

As always, Sedai is very interested in hearing stories from all perspectives and varied experiences of the greater mosaic that is our shared Canadian Nikkei legacy.  If you, a family member, or friend is interested in learning more about the project, or seeking advice on family history research and archival preservation, please visit our website at, or contact Elizabeth Fujita, Sedai Coordinator, at, 416 441-2345 ext. 303.

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