The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary (manga 1) – by Terry Watada and Kenji Iwata
A joint project of the NAJC and Hastings Park Foundation Press is an effort to engage the Yonsei (4th generation
Nikkei Manga-gatari: the Sword, the Medal and the Rosary, written by Terry Watada and illustrated by Kenji Iwata, is the first in a trilogy of manga books on Nikkei history. The first book on Issei is about the exploits of a Japanese Canadian soldier fighting in World War I, an illustrated historical fiction piece that depicts the true life and times of a first-generation Japanese Canadian who fought in WWI for Canada but was interned and exiled during WWII. Yasuo Takashima’s struggles for a place in society have remained unknown until HpF Press and the National Association of Japanese Canadians endeavoured to bring his story into the light of day. In the end, Takashima’s story speaks to the very heart of what it means to be Canadian.
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Kenji Iwata, is an illustrator and designer based in Toronto. He has a skill set in traditional and digital media, including animation, computer graphics , and storyboards, His artwork has a focus in fantasy and Sci-Fi environments and characters. He has a specialization in concept art and visual development for video games.
Terry Watada is a Toronto writer with many titles to his credit. His recent publications include The Game of 100 Ghosts (poetry, TSAR Publications, Fall 2014) and The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary (a manga, HpF Press and the NAJC, 2013). He has been anthologized several times, notably in the 25th anniversary anthology of Ricepaper Magazine, AlliterAsian (ed. Julia Lin, Allan Cho, Jim Wong-Chu, Arsenal Pulp Press 2015) and Vancouver Confidential (ed. John Belshaw, Anvil Press 2014), which was raked number 1 by the BC Publishers Association two weeks in a row. Among his numerous citations and awards, he was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the NAJC National Merit Award recognizing his writing, his music and his community volunteerism in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded the Dr. Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Award for a lifetime dedicated to the development of human rights in Canada.