SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sedai Corner – A New Year, and New Possibilities

First off, the Sedai Project would like to wish everyone a very heartfelt Happy New Year, and 明けましておめでとうございます!  2012 was an amazing year filled with friends – new and old – sharing little heard stories and histories, and new challenges for the Project.  Rounding out the very last of the 2012 interviews, Sedai would like to thank our newest interviewees, Kaye Hayashida and Mickey Nobuto, as well as three of our former interviewees for completing their “Part II” interviews and donating their time to the Project, especially during the busy holiday season.  As the chorus of Sedai voices continues to grow, so does the breadth and depth of the community’s history!

Secondly, Sedai has hit the ground running in 2013 with new developments for the coming year.  The Sedai Project office is in the process of being relocated to the first floor of the JCCC, where we will be welcoming stories and histories from within the soon to be unveiled Nikkei Heritage Museum.  All contact information for the Project will remain the same, but in the coming months, we welcome everyone to visit the new offices and exhibit space conveniently located on the first floor of the Centre.

As well, Sedai is very pleased to announce its involvement with the upcoming Japanese Canadian Post War Experience Conference (April 6-7, 2013).  As storytelling and discussion is so instrumental in aiding Sedai’s goals of committing the community’s legacy to recorded history, we hope that all members of the community consider participating as either storytellers or listeners.

Through recent contacts, Sedai has also become aware of interested interviewees residing in the Hamilton area.  As Sedai is currently making plans to visit the area for interviews, we invite anyone in the greater Hamilton area to contact Sedai if you believe you, or someone you know, would be a great addition to our storyteller archives – as always, Sedai welcomes stories from across the spectrum of the history of Canadian Nikkei experience!  Please contact Elizabeth Fujita, Sedai Project Coordinator, at elizabeth.fujita@jccc.on.ca, or by phone at 416-41-2345 ext 303 for further information.

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