SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sedai Corner – Spring Has Sprung – Time to Get Out There!

Spring is finally well underway, much to the relief of all! Sedai has been glad to see a small influx of volunteers and visitors to the Centre with the warmer weather. As such, now is the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane, and either visit us at the JCCC or have the Sedai Project pay you a visit, to assist with recording family legacies and anecdotes.

Sedai would like to thank our most recent interviewees and contributors to the Sedai archives – Sam Kamo and Hajime Sawada. Both gentlemen having very different stories and life experiences, the Sedai Project was very happy to add their recollections to our community history. Thank you so much for the contribution of your time, and your memories to our inclusive community record!

Sedai was also very happy to assist with the first trial run of hopefully many school visits to the new Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre. A class of 27 grade 11 students learning about Canadian history during WWII paid the Centre a visit, and Sedai was on-hand to assist Archives Chair Theressa Takasaki and volunteer docent Keo Shibatani in guiding the students through the new space, providing anecdotes and information from Sedai’s collection of interviews. Much was learned on both sides, as feedback was provided towards the tailoring of future educational programming. Sedai hopes to continue reaching new audiences in collaboration with volunteers from the Heritage Committee.

To add to recent activities, Sedai has also added another mini-interview vignette to our focus on connections between the Nikkei and Jewish Canadian communities, following the war years – our many thanks to Sedai interview alumni Nana Nishimura, for her recollections! Sedai would also like to thank those who have contributed letters and written notes towards the effort – we hope that some of these stories can also be recorded on camera, so that we properly capture and do justice to the genuine feelings of appreciation and fellowship across community borders!

If you would like to aide us in giving thanks, and have your memories (however few!) from those community connections recorded, we invite you to step up and contact us. And as always, if you or a loved one have stories which you feel should be recorded and preserved, please contact Elizabeth Fujita, Sedai Project Coordinator, at or 416 441 2345 ext 303.

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