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.
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.
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.
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.
Tune in weekly for stories of amazing Nikkei women on Sounds Japanese Canadian To Me.> read more
Community stories of Japanese Canadians who lived in the Marpole neighbourhood of Vancouver tended to intermingle more with non-Japanese.> read more
Work experiences of Japanese Canadians living in pre-War Marpole told by former residents, their descendants and associates.> read more
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.> read more
We present stories of Marpole (Vancouver, British Columbia) where Japanese Canadians lived, worked, and built a community before they were forcibly uprooted and relocated in 1942.> read more
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.> read more
Kunji speaks with dancer Benjamin Kamino about the philosophy that drives his dance practice, why he considers his work “very Japanese”, and his advice for younger artists.> read more
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.> read more
Kunji speaks with interdisciplinary artist June Fukumura about growing up with Western culture’s stereotypes about Japaneseness, the artistic practice of clown, and her own alter ego, Sumiko.> read more
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.> read more