Educational Websites

Internment at Hastings Park
Japanese Canadian Internment at Hastings Park

Tashme Historical Project
Life in a Japanese Canadian Internment Camp, 1942-1946

Warrior Spirit 1916
The bravery and honour of Japanese Canadian soldiers in the First World War

Books – Literary

Goto, Hiromi. Chorus of Mushrooms, NeWest Press, Alberta, 1994

Kiyooka, Roy, Miki, Roy (editor). Pacific Windows: Poetry of Roy K. Kiyooka, Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1997

Kogawa, Joy. Obasan, Penguin Books, Markham, Ontario, 1983

Kogawa, Joy. Naomi’s Road, Oxford U. Press, Toronto, 1986

Kogawa, Joy. Itsuka, Penguin Books Canada Ltd., 1992

Kogawa, Joy. The Rain Ascends, Random House, 1995

Miki, Roy. Saving Face, Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1991

Sakamoto, Kerri, The Electrical Field, Alfred D. Knoff Canada, —

Sakamoto, Kerri, One Hundred Million Hearts, Alfred D. Knoff Canada, 2003

Tanaka, Shelly. Michi’s New Year, Northern Lights, Toronto, 1980

Takashima, Shizue. A Child in Prison Camp, Tundra Books, Toronto, 1971

Watada, Terry. Daruma Days, Ronsdale Press, 1997


Miyagawa, Mitch (playwright). The Plum Tree

Shiomi, Rick (playwright). Rosie’s Cafe, 1991

Stearns, Sharon (playwright). Enemy Graces, 1985

Watada, Terry (adapted for stage). Dear Wes/Love Muriel

Wing, Paula (adapted for stage), Kogawa, Joy (author). Naomi’s Road, 1992

Books – Historical

Adachi, Ken, The Enemy That Never Was: History of Japanese Canadians, McClelland & Stewart, 1991 (McClelland & Stewart, 1976)

Adachi, Pat, Asahi: A Legend in Baseball, Coronex Publishing, 1992 (photo-text)

Ad Hoc Committee for Japanese Redress, Japanese Canadian Redress: The Toronto Story, HpF Press Toronto, 2000.
This book covered the activities in Toronto that contributed to the success of the National Redress movement. The Ad Hoc Committee members were Bill Kobayashi (chairperson), Yukiharu Mizuyabu (vice-chairpersin), Stan Hiraki, Van Hori, Blanche Hyodo, Matt Matsui, Jesse Nishihata, Roger Obata, Shirley Yamada and Harry Yonekura. Editor Momoye Sugiman.

Awmack, Win. Tashme, A Japanese Relocation Centre 1942-1946,, Provincial Archives, Victoria, 1993

Broadfoot, Barry. Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame, Doubleday Canada Limited, Toronto, 1979

Hoshizaki, Bill (editor). The Vision Fulfilled 1984-1994,, The Kelowna and District Association of Japanese Canadians

Ito, Roy. We Went to War, Wings Canada, Ottawa, 1984

Ito, Roy. The Japanese Canadians, Multicultural Canada Series, Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd, Toronto, 1992

Ito, Roy. Stories of My People: A Japanese Canadian Journal, R. Ito, Hamilton, 1994

Japanese Canadian Centennial Project. A Dream of Riches: The Japanese Canadians 1877-1977, Japanese Canadian Centennial Project, 1978

Kawano, Roland (editor). Ministry to the Hopelessly Hopeless,

Kitagawa, Muriel (Roy Miki, editor). This is My Own: Letters to Wes and Other Writings on Japanese Canadians, Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1985

Kiyooka, Roy. Mothertalk , Ne West Press, Edmonton, 1997

Kobayashi, Addie. Exiles in Our Own Country: Japanese Canadians in Niagara, Richmond Hill, Nikkei Network of Niagara, 1998

Kobayashi, Audrey. Memories of Our Past: A Brief History & Walking Tour of Powell Street, NRC Publishing, Vancouver, 1992

Kobayashi, Cassandra & Miki, Roy (editors.). Spirit of Redress: Japanese Canadians in Conference, JC Publications, Japanese Canadian Studies Society and the National Association of Japanese Canadians, Vancouver

Lang, Catherine. O-Bon in Chemainus: A Community Remembered, Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, 1996

La Violette, Forest. The Canadian Japanese and World War II, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1948

Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. The History of Japanese Canadians in Manitoba, Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, Winnipeg, 1996

Makabe, Tomoko. The Canadian Sansei, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1998

Makabe, Tomoko, (translated by Kathleen Chisato Merken). Picture Brides in Canada, Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario, 1990

Miki, Roy & Kobayashi, Cassandra. Justice in Our Time : The Japanese Canadian Redress Settlement, Talonbooks/NAJC, Vancouver, 1991

Miki, Arthur. The Japanese Canadian Redress Legacy: A Community Revitalized, National Association of Japanese Canadians, 2003

Morita, A. Katsuyoshi and Sokugawa, Eric (translator). Powell Street Monogatari, Live Canada Publishing, Vancouver, 1988

Moritsugu, Frank and the Ghost Town Teachers Historical Society. Teaching in Canadian Exile, The Ghost Town Teachers Historical Society, Toronto, 2001

Nakano, Takeo Ujo. Within the Barbed Wire Fence, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980

Nakayama, Gordon G. Issei:Stories of Japanese Canadian Pioneers, NC Press, Toronto, 1984

National Association of Japanese Canadians. Economic Losses of Japanese Canadians After 1941, Hignell Printing, Winnipeg, 1986

Oiwa, Keibo (editor). Stone Voices: Wartime Writings of Japanese Canadian Issei. Vehicule Press, Montreal, 1984

Okano, Haruko, Come Spring – Journey of a Sansei, Galleria Publications, North Vancouver, 1992

Okazaki, Robert K. The Nisei Mass Evacuation Group and the P.O.W. Camp 101 Angler, Ontario: The Japanese-Canadian Community’s Struggle for Justice and Human Rights During World War II, Markham Litho Limited, Scarborough, 1996

Omatsu, Maryka. Bittersweet Passage: Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience, Between the Lines, Toronto, 1992

Roy, Patricia E., Granastein, J.L., Iino, Masako, Takamura, Hiroko. Mutual Hostages, Canadian and Japanese During the Second World War, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1990

Shibata,Yuko. The Forgotten History of Japanese Canadians, New Sun Books, Vancouver, 1977

Shimizu, Yon. The Exiles: An Archival History of World War II Japanese Road Camps in British Columbia and Ontario, Shimizu Consulting and Publishing, Wallaceburg, 1993

Sunahara, Ann Gomer. The Politics of Racism: The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians During the Second World War, James E. Lorimer & Company, Toronto,1981 Electronic version available at:

Suzuki, David. Metamorphosis: Stages in a Life, Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd., Toronto, 1987

Suzuki, David and Oiwa, Keibo. The Japan We Never Knew: A Journey of Discovery, Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd., 1996

Takata, Toyo. Nikkei Legacy: The Story of Japanese Canadians from Settlement to Today, New Canadian Publications, Toronto, 1983

Wakayama, Tamio. Kikyo: Coming Home to Powell Street, Tundra Books, Montreal, 1992

Ward, W. Peter. White Canada Forever, McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, 1978 & 1990

Ward, W. Peter. The Japanese in Canada, Canadian Historical Association, Ottawa, 1982 (This book is part of a larger series entitled Canada’s Ethnic Groups)

Watada, Terry. Dukkyo Tozen: A History of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Canada, 1905-1995, HpF Press and the Toronto Buddhist Church, 1996

Yoshida, Ed, Ariga, Seiichi, Kawano, Shinji, (translators), Kawano, Roland M. (general editor). A History of the Japanese Congregations in the United Church of Canada, The Japanese Canadian Christian Churches Historical Project, Scarborough, ON, 1998


David Pepper’s discussion on Japanese antiques

The Heritage Committee of the National Association of Japanese Canadians is pleased to present a series of short introductory video on Japanese antiques by Mr. David Pepper.
It is a fact that many Japanese and non-Japanese Canadians have in their private collection valuable Japanese antiques, Japanese Canadian folk-art and documents that have cultural and historical value. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the true value of their collection and as a result these artifacts are destroyed, sold or given away. Of equal value are the acquisition stories that are associated with the artifacts. This modest series of short videos on Japanese antiques is a very general introduction and is presented here with the hope of encouraging viewers to have their family heirloom and collection recorded and evaluated by a reputable expert on Asian antiques.

Mr. David Pepper was born and educated in Windsor, Ontario, and is a professional artist and sculptor with extensive background in design and preparation of museum exhibits. After graduating from the Ontario College of art in 1966, he worked as an artist-craftsman for eleven years at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and also researched the museum’s extensive Japanese arms and armor collection. From 1977, Mr. Pepper has been a freelance exhibit artist and has worked on a large number of Japanese exhibitions in Canada and the United States as a guest curator, museum liaison, and designer. His own artwork, mostly in the form of wood sculpture incorporating mixed media, has been exhibited in North America and Japan. Most of his works are in private and public collections.

Mr. Pepper began the personal collection and study of Japanese artifacts in 1958, and still actively pursues this avocation. In Windsor he runs his own business, Okame Japanese Antiques; selling, appraising and restoring artifacts from Japan and Asia. He has traveled extensively in Japan, on five separate occasions, and is familiar with the Japanese language. He has lectured on several aspects of Japanese art and culture, including the samurai and their swords, traditional costume, woodblock prints, antiques, gardens, and Japanese garden plants. David can be reached at:

Okame Japanese Antiques, Inc.
709 Devonshire Road
Windsor, Ontario N8Y 2L9
519.253.0336 // 252.6930

National Association of Japanese Canadians, 180 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 2J9

Phone: (204) 943-2910 Fax: (888) 515-3192 Email:

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