Nikkei Manga-gatari: Light at a Window

manga2-300x300Written by Terry Watada
Illustrated by Yukina Takeuchi

Light at a Window continues the story of the Japanese Canadians, started in The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary, with the second generation. The book is based on the true adventures of a pair of Nisei lovers during WWII. Tomeo, aka “Romeo”, Shoyama, fictitious brother of Thomas Shoyama, editor of The New Canadian, falls for Julia Sato, daughter of a judo master in pre-WWII Vancouver. It is a forbidden love since Sato Sensei has ties to the Black Dragon Society, the criminal gang that controls the Japanese sector. The New Canadian has been a thorn in the side of Etsuji Morii, the Black Dragonoyabun. Events conspire against the two young lovers and, in the end, Tomeo must leave town for everyone’s sake.

Tomeo becomes the stuff of legend when rumours of his fate arise amongst the Nisei. He is supposedly spotted in one of the internment camps where he finds love and the same evil forces that wish to deny that love. And in the same manner as in Vancouver, Tomeo disappears, the victim of circumstances. No one knows what really happened, but there are clues that leave the reader with a sense of wonder and perhaps hope.

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