SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sedai Corner – Giving Thanks to Our Ancestors

First of all, from everyone at Sedai, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled to the brim with food, laughter, and love! As Thanksgiving is a time to literally “give thanks”, Sedai is happy to be a resource of assistance to the community, in recording and preserving your family legacy. Being able to remember and honour our elders and senior generations for all that they have accomplished for the benefit of younger generations, is part and parcel of giving thanks and recognition – something which Sedai firmly believes in. If the task of gathering your family history seems daunting, please consider contacting Sedai – we hope to serve our community with great thanks!

As the JCCC gears up for the annual Sakura Gala, Sedai has been hard at work researching and uncovering stories of connections between the Japanese Canadian and Jewish Canadian communities. Most recently, Sedai was very lucky to sit down with Sam Baba and record his memories of the kindness and generosity of spirit which he experienced when settling in Toronto. We look forward to hearing more stories from the community, and encourage anyone with any anecdotes – short or long – to step forward and help us give thanks to those who supported the Japanese Canadian community despite the prejudice of the time.

A quick reminder: if you haven’t checked out our website lately, we invite you to watch the new Post War Conference videos online. The stories of the community didn’t end when the war ended – the forced relocation east of the Rockies or as far west as Japan had a lasting impact on all Canadian Nikkei families. We will continue to post videos in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned for new content!

For further information regarding recording your family legacy, or submissions towards our efforts on uncovering Japanese Canadian/Jewish Canadian connections, please contact Elizabeth Fujita, at or 416 441 2345 ext 303.

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