SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sedai Corner – On the Road to Ottawa!

Although Thanksgiving has passed, the cold weather season still brings the promise of many opportunities for us to gather with friends and family, and to reconnect through memory.  Whether through recalling a shared experience with friends, or by passing on an experience by sharing with family, opportunities to get to know our loved ones – even better than we thought we did – are to be enjoyed in the coming months.

This month, Sedai would like to thank our most recent interviewees for dedicating their time and their support to the project: Grace Sasaki, Dick Yamanaka, Tats Hori, and Jean Goto.  Sedai has now collected the accounts of 173 individuals in 182 interviews to date, totaling approximately 420 hours of recorded material.  Our interviewees and their supporters are sincerely appreciated for their inspiring contributions to Sedai!

Coming this November, new interviews and stories from outside the GTA will be added to the narrative that Sedai is building of the Japanese Canadian experience.  First up, Sedai will be visiting Ottawa as we continue to knit together the broader picture of Japanese Canadian life before, during, and after the war.  If you, or anyone you know, has a story or two to tell from their experiences with the Japanese Canadian community inside or outside the GTA, Sedai is ever eager to inclusively represent the community through the experiences and memories that are documented and shared.  For further information, please visit our website at, or contact Elizabeth Fujita, Sedai Coordinator, at or by phone at 416-441-2345 ext. 303.

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