Episode 23

Harmonicas

NNM 2011.19.9 Roy Kumano with the Gakuyukai Harmonica Band; Vancouver, BC

 

SJCTM – 23 – Harmonicas

The harmonica was the musical instrument of choice for young nisei Japanese Canadian men in the 1930s and 1940s. Raymond and Carolyn look at some reasons why it became so iconic for this generation, some of the more prominent players, and story of the Lemon Creek Harmonica Band.

Outro music for this episode: excerpt from Lemon Creek Harmonica Band, “You Are My Sunshine”. 2001 recording.

Further reading:

Eyers, Tony. “Harmonica History – from China to the Blues”.

Ibuki, Norm Masaji. “The Lemon Creek Harmonica Band Plays On 65 Years Later”. Discover Nikkei: 12 Aug 2009.

Moritsugu, Frank. “Archives: A Treasure Trove to Mirror Our Colourful Past”. Nikkei Images 5.2 (Summer 2000).

Nakagawa, Carolyn. Harry Aoki Legacy Project. UBC Blogs. Web.