TorontoNAJC – February Update

February 9, 2016 at 8:09 am
February report

Two New Board Members for TorontoNAJC – At its January 23rd Board meeting,   Ms Janet Sakauye and Ms Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth were appointed to the 2016 Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC. The appointments were made by the Board to fill vacancies left by the resignation of David Fujino and Bob Tanaka last year. Janet Sakauye is a case administrator at the Ontario Energy Board and has been active in many JC community organizations including the Toronto Buddhist Church, the Toronto Redress Committee, Annex, JCski and currently is a member of the Sangha Bowling League. Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth, is currently a free lance production designer consulting on theatre and television projects as well as curating a Japanese Toy Museum and has served on the board of the Toronto Japanese Language School and was a member of the JCCC Heritage Committee and is a member of the National […]

Toronto NAJC — January Report

December 27, 2015 at 5:06 am
January report

First, we wish all our members and friends in the Greater Toronto Area A Happy and Healthy New Year. David Fujino and Bob Tanaka resigned from the Board of Directors in 2015 and we thank them for their service to TorontoNAJC. Looking back on 2015, the Toronto NAJC had an active year. Highlights of 2015 were: The chapter ended 2014 with a very well attended concert by Nisei musician, Roy Miya, co-sponsored by and held at Castleview Wychwood Towers on December 21st. Financial support to: Japanese Social Services agency, Hide Shimizu Scholarship Fund, Hiroshima Day Coalition, Nikkei Artists exhibit at the “Artsu Matsuri”, JC Cultural Centre (JCCC) and publication of Manga 2, “Light At A Window” by Terry Watada and Yukina Takeuchi. Book Launch for poet Terry Watada’s new book of poetry “The Game of a Hundred Ghosts”. Toronto NAJC Information Booth was present at the Matsuri Spring Festival, JCCC. […]

December Report – Toronto NAJC holds its 2015 Annual General Meeting

December 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm
AGM 2015

The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC held its Annual General Meeting on December 6 at 1:00 pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church with an attendance of 20 devoted members. The meeting was chaired by Bruce Tatemichi, Vice President of the chapter, who welcomed the attendees. Bruce acknowledged the service of David Fujino, who resigned from the Board of Directors in November after serving as President for 3 years. He also acknowledged former board member Bob Tanaka who resigned earlier in the year, for his years of service to the Toronto NAJC. Next each of the remaining Board members introduced themselves to the meeting as follows: Ken Galloway is a professional videographer and is the youth liaison for the chapter; Yosh Inouye is a retired commercial photographer and active in the JC community in Toronto; Randy Sakauye is a professional engineer and manages a specialty metal company and serves as […]

Victoria, Victoria …

November 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm
Victoria, B.C. map

by David Fujino On a sunny weekend from September 25 to 27, I was in Victoria to attend the National Association of Japanese Canadians’ AGM (Annual General Meeting) where, to my surprise — beyond the full Agenda of items to discuss — I also experienced a series of personal eye-openers. It so happens that my mom, Marion Noda, was born and raised in Colwood, a suburb of Victoria, so this was my chance, however brief, to catch a glimpse of my mother’s roots in the still genteel and urbanizing city of Victoria (the capitol of British Columbia), a place “where you could smell the flowers” in each of the four seasons, as my mother used to say with a peaceful look on her face. After arriving at the Chateau Victoria hotel on September 25, I freshened up, and since I had some time to spare, I took a stroll along […]

The Second Time Around

October 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm
No-No Boy by John Okada

An opinion & Review by David Fujino Recently I read John Okada’s novel, No-No Boy, for the second time — you see, it’s been 32 years, to be exact, since I read this classic of Asian American literature, and I frankly wondered what new things it might reveal on a second reading. I’m happy to report that, while I definitely enjoyed the book again as a ‘good read,’ I was reminded that No-No Boy is essentially the story of Ichiro Yamada who refused to serve in the U.S. army when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour — and for saying ´no’, Ichiro was interned for two years and jailed for two years. That’s the simple version of Ichiro’s story as it opens with his release back into ‘civilization’ and his hometown of Seattle, Washington, at the ripe age of 25. “He was Ichiro who had said no to the judge and […]

Notice of Annual General Meeting

October 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm
AGM Sunday December 6, 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians will be held on Sunday December 6, 1 pm to 4 pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1011 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto, ON. The business portion of the AGM from 1 pm will cover the financial status of the chapter, its current and future activities and the election of its 2016   Board of Directors. At 2 pm, Session #3 of the chapter’s Public Discussion series will be held on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report on the Indian Residential School Victims. Sunday December 6 at 2pm                                                                                          Truth and Reconciliation: Linking Arms with Aboriginal Peoples within Canada Kristen Manley-Casmir is Senior Policy Advisor in the Aboriginal Justice Division of the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General working to implement recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report on the Victims of Indian Residential Schools. Kirsten’s […]

She’s Got A New Gig!

September 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm
Brenda Kamino

Moderato Cantabile @ Factory Studio Theatre August 7, 2015 by David Fujino I recently saw Brenda Kamino in the play, Moderato Cantabile, at this year’s 25th anniversary SummerWorks festival. What a (pleasure) it was to see a Nikkei actor in a role that’s usually given to an actor of European heritage. Brenda played the role of a piano teacher. Now, you might think, what’s the big deal? The race or nationality of an actor shouldn’t figure into who gets the job. Talent should be the basis of a hire, and I’d agree with you, but this is not exactly how it works in the theatre world. Put simply, actors of colour are rarely considered for leading and speaking roles in most European, American, or Canadian plays (Shakespeare, Miller, Shaw, and Ibsen, to name just a few), and if you look at film, television, or the internet, actors of colour aren’t […]