Author: Masaki Watanabe

Crosscurrents

One hopes that by now, most people in the widespread Nikkei/ijusha community must be aware of the ongoing campaign led by the “Save the...

Crosscurrents

The Cherry Blossoms Were Beautiful But . . . Fleeting Impressions of Tokyo and Kyoto Revisited For some of us who spent childhood and...

CrossCurrents

The history of the flowering cherry trees in Vancouver, according to the Park Board, goes back to the early 1930’s when the Board started...

Christmas and O-Shogatsu in Multi-Cultural Canada

A Happy New Year—Akemashite omedet? gozaimasu—to you all. Like many readers, I was lucky enough to be able to share moments of joy with family and friends in a few get-togethers through Christmas into the New Year (o-sh?gatsu). As usual, the final week of the old year flew by in a flash. As soon as the hectic pre-Christmas shopping days and Christmas passed, or so it seemed, we were already ushering in the year 2008.