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.


Stories from the Stage 8: Yoshie Bancroft

Kunji speaks with performer and theatre creator Yoshie Bancroft of Universal Limited Theatre about representation, being a half-white BIPOC in the age of Black Lives Matter, and how to stand up and make things better for performers of colour.

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Stories from the Stage 6: Hiromoto Ida

Kunji speaks with dancer Hiromoto Ida about their shared experiences transitioning artistically from acting to dance, Hiromoto’s changing relationship with his birthplace of Japan, and what motivates him to continue making art.

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Maiko Yamamoto photo by Stephen Drover

Stories From the Stage 5 bonus! More Maiko

In this bonus mini-episode, continued from last week’s interview, Maiko Yamamoto reflects on advice for and from her younger and older selves, and the big question about experimental theatre that she struggles to answer.

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Maiko Yamamoto photo by Stephen Drover

Stories From the Stage 5: Maiko Yamamoto

Kunji speaks with Theatre Replacement Co-Artistic Director Maiko Yamamoto about her unconventional approach to theatre creation, and how her upbringing in the Japanese Canadian community influences the kinds of stories she wants to tell.

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Stories From the Stage 4: Hiro Kanagawa

Kunji speaks to Governor-General’s Award winner Hiro Kanagawa about his experiences as a prolific actor and playwright, including being typecast, and his opinions on the value of exploring the Japanese Canadian experience in our global society.

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Stories From the Stage 1: Raymond Nakamura / Kunji Ikeda

To introduce our new series of Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me, founding co-host Raymond Nakamura interviews season host Kunji Mark Ikeda about his Japanese Canadian artistic journey to date, and what he’s looking forward to in conversations with other Japanese Canadian performing artists.

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Episode 28 – Mixed Heritage

It’s not alien, it’s utopian! In this episode, Raymond and Carolyn discuss the history, the social politics, and the experience of having mixed heritage. From the reasons for so many Japanese Canadians being of mixed heritage, to describing yourself as “half”, “mixed”, or of course “hapa”, even to the level of your own name, having mixed heritage is a complicated experience. This double-sized episode of Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me is just one part of a huge and continuously evolving conversation.

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