SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sedai Corner – Give the gift of memories and legacy

December is upon us, and Sedai would like to first wish everyone a very safe, happy, and fun-filled holiday season! While the weather may continue to grow colder, we hope good tidings of the season will fill your home with the warmth of sharing time and memories together.

Sedai is proud to state that as of the writing of this update, we have interviewed 189 separate individuals over 198 interview sessions, and captured approximately 453 hours of footage – this does not include our participants from the 2010 and 2013 conferences! Our deepest thanks to all Sedai interviewees for their bravery in putting their memories to record, and we wish you all the best for the coming year.

On November 9, Sedai was also pleased to take part in the soft opening of the new Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre (MNHC), as a part of the JCCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration dinner. Thanks to the incredible kindness of so many supporters, Sedai was able to make footage from our Archives available to visitors via the new Sony Tap 20 touchscreen computers installed in the new space. We heartily encourage anyone to stop by and explore the new space, as a journey of historical discovery takes you from decade to decade, with poignant stories from the Sedai database to provide personal accounts and a human face to the community’s shared history. Our thanks to everyone involved with the MNHC soft opening, and our gratitude to all involved with the 50th anniversary celebrations for including our heritage along with the celebration of the JCCC.

We at Sedai have been extremely honoured to bear witness to the catharsis and relief that many of our interviewees have experienced in traveling down memory lane – we strive to make the experience as comfortable as possible, so that our interviewees may be able to speak freely on the topics of their choosing. If you have family, friends, or friends of friends who you believe should have their memories recorded, this holiday season when families will gather and share time together is a wonderful opportunity to support your loved ones in preserving their legacy. If you are interested in learning more about Sedai and Sedai interviews, please contact Elizabeth Fujita, Sedai Project Coordinator, at or 416 441 2345 ext 303.

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