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The Right to Remain Film Screening

Public Screening:
A Right To Remain

Join filmmaker Greg Masuda for a screening of “A Right To Remain” followed by Q&A and discussion.

“The Right To Remain”, a CBC documentary, looks at the Downtown Eastside residents and the fight to save the community from development. Started as an idea five years ago, Greg Masuda accumulated over 300 hours of footage. He says “’The Right to Remain’ is a culmination of my entire career as a filmmaker. As a Japanese Canadian, I could not resist participating in the advocacy for the Downtown Eastside community as it looked down the barrel of the real estate industry in the second most expensive city in the world.”

Once known as “Japantown”, this area was home to thousands of Japanese Canadians before World War II.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
Cinecenta
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

Free and open to the public

“The Legacy of Japanese Canadian Redress: A Reflection/An Assessment”

“The Legacy of Japanese Canadian Redress: A Reflection/An Assessment”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
4:30 pm | David Strong Bld C116

With Roy Miki, GG award-winning poet and leader of redress movement.

Dr. Miki will offer an assessment of the legacy of redress including a comparative look at Japanese Canadian redress and the Indian Residential  Schools Settlement Agreement.
Free and open to the public

Japanese at Ross Bay – Tour at Ross Bay Cemetery

Sunday, June 5, 2016 Ross Bay Cemetery. Japanese at Ross Bay. This tour will be conducted by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer, authors of Sakura in Stone (2015) and Gateway to Promise (2012) on the histories of Japanese in Victoria. RBC includes graves of about 150 Japanese and is the location of the impressive Kakehashi Monument dedicated to Japanese pioneers.

SUNDAY TOUR START AT 2:00 PM   Charge:  $5 for non-members;  $2 for members.  Tours at Ross Bay Cemetery are signified RBC and start in front of Oregano’s, Fairfield Plaza, 1516 Fairfield Rd.
No reservations needed.

Contact www.oldcem.bc.ca or 250.598.8870.

2015 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered (70th Anniversary)

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2015 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered
70th Anniversary
What have we learned?

Thursday, August 6th 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Road, south of Gorge Rd.
Cost: FREE

The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan.

Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.

Bring a blanket and/or chair to sit on, a flashlight and a battery candle if you wish.

Floating lantern supplies will be provided.

** Sponsored by the Victoria Raging Grannies and the Physicians for Global Survival**
Call 250 381 5120 for more information

2014 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered (69th Anniversary)

Hiroshima Lanterns2014 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered
69th Anniversary

Wednesday, August 6th 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park
(off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway)
Cost: FREE

The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan.

Lantern making starts at 7:00 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8:00 pm, followed by floating the lanterns on the Gorge.

Bring a blanket and/or chair to sit on, a flashlight and a battery candle if you wish.

Floating lantern supplies will be provided.

** Sponsored by the Victoria Raging Grannies, Victoria Peace Coalition, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative

Dr. Michiko “Midge” Ayukawa – June 26, 1930 – October 24, 2013

midge-ayukawaThe family of Michiko Midge Ayukawa would like to inform you that she passed away peacefully with family by her side on October 24th in Victoria.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 29th at 5pm followed by a reception from 6 to 8pm at First Memorial on 1155 Fort Street, Victoria.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby B.C. A private service and burial will be held in Ottawa at a later date.

Editor’s note: The entire Japanese Canadian community and Midge’s wider community mourns the loss of one our dearest and most treasured members. You have been a pillar and inspiration to us all. May peace be with you.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=michiko-ayukawa-midge-ishii&pid=167704086&fhid=6809

Film screening of “A Sorry State” at UVic – Thursday, September 26th

SCREENING OF MITCH MIYAGAWA’S ‘A Sorry State’
HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL APOLOGY “What comes after the government says “sorry”?

A Sorry State Poster

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Location: University of Victoria | Harry Hickman Building, Room 105
Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Cost: Free and open to the public. Everyone welcome.

A documentary film screening of “A Sorry State” and facilitated panel discussion with film director Mitchell Miyagawa and political scientist Dr. Matt James that will provide space for participants to explore three landmark political apologies across diverse cultural and historical settings and the implications for human rights, social justice, conflict resolution and peace-making.

This event is co-sponsored by UVic’s Equity and Human Rights Office, the Social Justice Studies Program, and the Centre for Global Studies.

2013 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered (68th Anniversary)

Hiroshima Lanterns2013 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered
68th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 6th 2013
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park
(off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway)
Cost: FREE

The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan

Lantern making starts at 7 pm, with words/songs of peace at 7:30 pm, followed by floating the lanterns on the Gorge.

Free – Bring a blanket and/or chair to sit on, a flashlight and a battery candle if you wish.  Floating lantern supplies will be provided.

** Sponsored by the Victoria Raging Grannies, Victoria Peace Coalition, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative

Special Guests at this year’s Mochi Tsuki Kai

Okage Sana De

Okage Sama De -“I am what I am, because of you”

We would like to welcome some special guests from our fellow Japanese Canadian community in Calgary to our 2013 Mochi Tsuki Shinnen Kai.

Calgary Japanese Canadian Association board member John McMullin and Yudi Delisle (nee Takahashi) are currently visiting Victoria and would to introduce the CJCA’s new “History Preservation Project” book titled Okage Sama De which chronicles the history and of 138 different families living in Calgary and Southern Alberta, most of whom were relocated from British Columbia in 1942. This beautifully designed, hard covered book is the result of 5 years of dedicated effort, produced from personal interviews, reviewing pictures and editing the written biographies of the 138 families that participated in its development. Included with this book, is a DVD of 30 of these personal interviews, the histories of the various Japanese Community Groups and many colour and black and white photos, and more.

“Okage Sama De” which literally translated means “I am what I am, because of you”, is an amazing and terrific read for the younger generation to have a better understanding of hardships and, on the most part, the success stories that came from the hard work and determination of their ancestors. A truly educational, accurate and touching recorded history for generations to come.

John will have limited copies available for sale at the Mochi Tsuki Kai and if necessary can take deposits for orders to be delivered later in May. The cost of this book is $75. Shipping and handling are being waived on these purchases. E-mail to place your order on a first come first served basis. Payment and pick up can be made at the Mochi Tsuki Kai.