David Fujino

David Kenji Fujino 1945 – 2017

The NAJC wishes to offer condolences to the family of David Kenji Fujino, professional actor (theatre, TV, film, video), published writer, artist, poet and reviewer.  His reviews appeared under the national banner of the NAJC.  David was a tireless activist on behalf of the Japanese Canadian community for many years.  He was a founding member...Continue reading

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Reviews & Opinions

– The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe Washington Square Press, 387 pages, 2016 – Loving, a film by Jeff Nichols, 2016 by David Fujino On the day I reached Chapter 18 of this 32-chapter novel, The Gilded Years, I had to put it down — not because it was boring and bad; and not because...

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

A Lecture by Dr. Asato Ikeda @ Chang Yu Tung East Asian Library at U of T, October 12, 2016 by David Fujino On October 12th, Dr. Asato Ikeda delivered an engrossing lecture on A Third Gender, the ground-breaking print show she curated at Toronto’s ROM (Royal Ontario Museum). The ROM show opened in May...

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PERFIDIA by James Ellroy

PERFIDIA by James Ellroy Alfred A. Knopf, 692 pages, 2014 by David Fujino It’s December 6, 1941 — America is on the brink of World War II — and among the police and public service denizens of L.A. (Los Angeles) the coming of the Japanese internment and its inevitable land grabs already dominate the general...

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ACE-K at Buskerfest 2016

Woodbine Park, September 4, 2016 by David Fujino “Like a ninja, ACE-K’s moves are swift and precise. His jaw-dropping routine will amaze crowds with his unique set of acrobatics and juggling and some of the most insane balloon manipulation ever. This Japanese sensation is a must-see!” After reading the above energetic Buskerfest press release, I...Continue reading

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Tokyo Grill

Japanese Restaurant 582 Yonge St., Toronto 416 968-7054 by David Fujino   It’s a hole in the wall — or how about a narrow slash of a restaurant on Yonge Street at Wellesley Street West? Now, we all have our go-to Japanese restaurants in downtown Toronto — perhaps Konnichiwa on Baldwin Street and Ema Tai...

The Translation of Love

by Lynne Kutsukake Knopf Canada, 315 pages, 2016 by David Fujino   The Translation of Love is a true contribution to Japanese Canadian literature because it goes beyond the familiar telling of the World War 2 internment experience found in notable novels like Obasan and The Electrical Field and tells instead the mostly untold story...

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1502 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario by David Fujino When I’m in the neighbourhood — and I crave Japanese — I have lunch at Sushi-Gen; otherwise, I might have a foot-long tuna sub sandwich at the Subway next door. I’m in the Yonge and St. Clair part of Toronto today because my chiropractor, Dr. Salima Manji, has her...Continue reading


Presented by Continuum Contemporary Music May 26, 2016, 8 pm Mazzoleni Concert Hall 273 Bloor Street West by David Fujino Japan: NEXT was presented by Continuum Contemporary Music on May 26, 2016, as part of this year’s 21st Century Music Festival. We sat together that night in the smallish but comfy Mazzoleni Concert Hall at...

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