Okaeri with VJLS&JH

Webinar, February 25, 2023

11:00 am-12:00 noon PST

Listen in live as guest speakers share story highlights in a one-hour webinar.

Dr. Aki Horii
Frank Kamiya
Yvonne Wakabayashi
Miki Hirai

Host: Laura Saimoto

Free to attend. Register online from the link below.

Okaeri おかえり Return from Exile: All Paths Lead Home

An oral history video project by the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre and the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall.

Okaeri おかえり is an oral history project featuring 21 interviews with Japanese Canadians who lived through the Second World War. It shares individual experiences of the nisei or second-generation Japanese Canadians who lived through internment in Canada, and the kika-nisei, who were also nisei but were uprooted to Japan and later returned to Canada in the 1950s. All life stories share the challenges of survival and what returning home meant to them.

Okaeri おかえり means ‘welcome back home.’

Okaeri おかえり launches on February 20, 2023

The videos will launch in celebration of Heritage Week on February 20, 2023 on the NNMCC Youtube channel .


Grace Eiko Thompson

Yvonne Wakabayashi (née Tasaka)

Frank Hiroshi Kamiya

Donald Kazuo Iwanaka

Denny Enjo

Howard Shimokura

Miki Hirai

Shigeyoshi and Kazue Ebata

Haruji "Harry" Mizuta

Akira "Aki" Horii

Misako "Mitzi" Morishita

Fusaye "Mary" Kawamoto (née Nakashimada)

Sharon Kawasaki-Chan

Vickie Fukui

Yoshie Kurita

Toshiko and Bill Kajiwara

Frank Hamanishi

Sumiko Urata

Roy Uyeda

A partner project with

We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Japanese Canadian Survivors Health & Wellness Fund