Season 4: Nikkei Women

During the run of the “Iron Willed: Women in STEM” exhibition, we will be sharing stories of Nikkei Women. Lives of remarkable Japanese Canadian women who have survived through the Japanese Canadian internment will be presented by Julie Tamiko Manning. Subscribe now on your favorite podcast platform so you don’t miss an episode and tune in weekly.

July-September 2021

Season 3: Marpole Monogatari

The Sounds Japanese Canadian To Me podcast features a new series Marpole Monogatari on life at home, work, and in the community for Japanese Canadians in pre-War Marpole. Hear David Suzuki’s father talk about the birth of his twins, as well as Joy Kogawa singing a favourite song from kindergarten. Hear Mush Arima talk about buying a chicken from David Suzuki’s grandmother, along with other stories of triumph and tragedy from former residents, descendants, and associates.

June-July 2021

Stories From the Stage: 2020-21

In the age of social distancing, performing artist Kunji Mark Ikeda takes the reins of Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me to lead a series of in-depth conversations with some of today's most exciting Japanese Canadian performing artists.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, and the Rozsa Foundation.

Season 1: 2013-2017

Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me is a monthly podcast hosted by Raymond Nakamura and staff members at the Nikkei National Museum.  They sit around a microphone (usually in the museum's collection vault - for ambience) and have a casual discussion on a chosen Japanese Canadian topic.  The goal of this endeavour is to entertain and wow people about Japanese Canadian history and culture.

Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me
Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Explore the fascinating world of Japanese Canadian history and culture with Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me. Our first series is hosted by Raymond Nakamura and Nikkei National Museum staff members features casual discussions on Japanese Canadian topics. Our second series, Stories from the Stage, features interviews between Kunji Mark Ikeda and some of the most exciting Japanese Canadian performing artists living through the age of social distancing.


Marpole Monogatari – Home

Conversations with former Marpole residents shed light on pre-War Marpole as a home to Japanese Canadians – from celebratory stories of birth and marriage to tragedies of illness, accidents, and abuse.

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Stories from the Stage finale: Kunji Ikeda

Kunji looks back on the past season of artist interviews with help from Nikkei National Museum staff member (and fellow theatre artist) Carolyn Nakagawa. Together, they reflect on season highlights, the connections forged through art and conversation, and speculate about the future of Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me.

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Stories from the Stage 11: Mieko Ouchi

Kunji speaks with theatre artist and filmmaker Mieko Ouchi about writing secretly during theatre school, the rituals she’s created while writing each of her plays, and finding universal stories in her own family throughout her career.

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Stories from the Stage 9: Matt Miwa

Kunji speaks with theatre and performance artist Matt Miwa about the risks and imperatives of performance, the generational nature of Japanese Canadian identity, and Matt’s work in and hopes for the Ottawa Japanese Canadian community.

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