NAJC President’s Message – May 2022

by Lorene Oikawa May is Asian Heritage Month. Another opportunity to share our stories and to learn about other Asian cultures in East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia. There are about 48 countries, and they vary greatly in terms of ethnicity, culture, religion, economies, government systems, climate, history and food. Within each...Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – April 2022

By Lorene Oikawa April showers are here, but on the west coast we are also deluged by blossoms. Don’t hate us. It is also aggravating allergies. Cherry blossoms remind us to take in the beauty before it is gone. Enjoy nature wherever you are. The National Association of Japanese Canadians is preparing for a busy...Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – March 2022

by Lorene Oikawa I received a copy of a photo “Commemoration of the Year 1940, Delta, East-Richmond, Surrey Chapter of the Japanese Canadian Citizens League – JCCL.” The photo shows about fifty women and men in rows, and at the very far left, a man who looks like family. I think it is my uncle...

NAJC President’s Message – February 2022

by Lorene Oikawa I had my president’s message written and then I was hit with some sad news. Tatsuo Kage is gone. I would see him at local events in Vancouver until the pandemic hit. We stopped gathering to keep everyone safe. I support the precautions. However, I miss seeing people and having the wonderful...Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – January 2022

The year of the tiger has started with some extreme cold weather in the west with the Arctic chill spreading across Canada. Southern Ontario has had milder temperatures but that is expected to change this month. Please check in on seniors and those who have mobility challenges. Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – December 2021

by Lorene Oikawa Lights and decorations for Christmas and Chanukah are going up. It’s starting to look more festive. Everyone is looking for some light and hope. We have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and we must continue to take precautions with news of the latest Omicron variant. In BC, we are still dealing...Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – November 2021

by Lorene Oikawa People have started posting photos of matsutake (pine mushrooms). Just looking at the photos brings back memories of time spent with my grandparents in Slocan. My grandfather would go out into the mountains to his secret place and gather matsutake.  My obaachan (grandmother) would sort the mushrooms and clean them. She would...Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – October 2021

by Lorene Oikawa At the end of last month, we welcomed the start of the Autumnal Equinox and fall’s first chill. Yes, even on the southwest coast, I started to pull out some of my sweaters and turned on the heat in the house. As we enjoy the seasonal change, we are also enjoying the...Continue reading

NAJC President’s Message – September 2021

My Japanese maple trees are starting to change from their summer green to golden orange, a sign of autumn approaching. September usually brings cooler weather and the change in seasons is not always appreciated. For those who have been experiencing the worst of the extreme weather, heatwaves and wildfires, fall’s anticipated cooler temperatures and rains...Continue reading

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