A category dedicated to the history of Japanese immigrants to Victoria and the west coast.

2015 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered (70th Anniversary)

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Hiroshima 1945

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

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.

Tsunami Survivor Guest Lecture Aug 21 at MMBC

Quake survivor to give talk at the Maritime Museum of BC
1:00pm, Tuesday, August 21st

The Maritme Museum of BC will be hosting a Guest Lecture on August 21 at 1:00 pm from Ayako Sasaki, a survivor of the Tsunami that hit Japan in March of last year.

Ayako will detail her experiences of the Tsunami and Sendai Earthquake; how her home was destroyed, her time in a evacuation shelter and the impact of the disaster in her country.

Admission is by donation with half the proceeds going to the Red Cross. This presentation is in conjunction with the
museum’s Tsunami Debris Project (https://www.facebook.com/TsunamiDebrisProjectMaritimeMusBC).

For more information on the lecture or the debris project, call: 250-385-4222, ext. 102

2012 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered (67th Anniversary)

2012 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered
67th Anniversary

Thursday, August 9th 2012
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park
(off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway)
**NEW LOCATION**
Cost: FREE

Genbaku (Peace) Dome in Hiroshima, Japan
(Image of the Genshi Baku “Atomic Bomb” Dome in Hiroshima, Japan)

The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan will be held at Esquimalt Gorge Park (off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway).

7:00pm – Lantern making starts
7:30pm – Words and Songs of Peace
8:00pm – Floating lanterns placed in the Gorge while lanterns with battery candles will be placed on the lawn

[International gaggles of Raging Grannies will be attending during their 25th Anniversary UnConvention activities.]

(Bring a blanket &/or chair to sit on and a battery candle if you wish. Floating lantern supplies will be provided.)

Sponsored by the The 25th Anniversary International Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, Victoria Peace Coalition and the Council of Canadians – Victoria.

For more information call – Virginia at 778-443-3535

Hiroshima, Japan August 6th 1945
(Hiroshima, Japan August 6th 1945)
Nagasaki, Japan - August 9th 1945
(Nagasaki, Japan – August 9th 1945)

Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942

Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942

UBC Honorary Degree Ceremony

A special ceremony will be held during UBC’s spring congregation to recognize and honour the Japanese Canadian students whose university experience was disrupted in 1942 when they were uprooted and exiled from the B.C. coast – a violation of their citizenship rights.

Honorary degrees will be conferred on the students who were unable to complete their education when they were sent to internment camps in 1942. Degrees will be re-conferred on the students who completed their studies but missed their graduation ceremony because of the internment.

Wednesday, May 30, 4 p.m.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
For a map, visit: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/?130

Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony. Tickets are free of charge. If you are interested in attending the UBC Convocation for the 1942 JC students please e-mail request to eilisc@exchange.ubc.cahttp://japanese-canadian-student-tribute.ubc.ca/the-ceremony.

B.C. Government apologizes for interment of Japanese-Canadians in 1942

Transcript of the apology by the Government of BC for Japanese Canadian internment during World War II

Monday, May 7th, 2012
British Columbia Parliament Buildings
Honorable Naomi Yamamoto (Minister of Advanced Education)

Motions Without Notice

GOVERNMENT APOLOGY FOR JAPANESE CANADIAN INTERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II
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