Stories of Japanese Picture Brides in Canada

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August 11, 2021

PT 5pm-6:30pm
ET 8pm start
JPN August 12, 9am start


Co-presented by the Nikkei National Museum and Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon.

We welcome you to learn, share, and talk about Japanese picture brides who settled in Canada. This event will introduce the recent English translated e-book of “PICTURE BRIDES 写婚妻”  - written in Japanese by Miyoko Kudo and translated by Fumihiko Torigai. 

Guest speakers

  • Fumihiko Torigai, Whitehorse, translator of PICTURE BRIDES by Miyoko Kudo
  • David Tanaka, Lethbridge, descendant of a picture bride
  • David Iwaasa, Vancouver, descendant of a picture bride
  • Chino Otsuka, UK, visual artists, Arrival exhibition at NNM (2016).
  • Masako Stillwell, Vancouver, daughter of picture bride

Download the e-book for free from the museum website

About the book
Between 1908 and 1928, young women ventured across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Canada with dreams of a happily-ever-after with a spouse most had never met but pinned their hopes on from a photo. Their reality, however, was far from fairy tale.  Originally written in Japanese and published in 1983, 13 first-person stories are narrated in great detail. Thanks to the translation skills of Fumihiko Torigai of the Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon, copy editing by Ellen Schwartz, photo research by Linda Kawamoto Reid, and e-book design by Laura Suzuki, these stories are now available to all readers of English. As Miyoko Kudo pens in her updated preface to the e-book, “This English edition will enable Japanese Canadians, including all of the descendants of picture brides whose native tongue is English, to read and find out the life stories of their ancestors and predecessors as well as the historical background in which they lived their lives.”

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the NAJC for the production of this book, and the New Canadian Event Fund of the Yukon Government for supporting this event.