Category: Commmunity

Japanese songs, Thelonious Monk, & Satoko Fujii

The other day I started thinking about that deep feeling in Japanese folk and pop songs. Not that I’m an expert, because I don’t know a lot of Japanese songs, I don’t search for them, and I really didn’t learn any when growing up. Now, for the record, I do know some of the lyrics and melody of that old chestnut, Sukiyaki.

Are you Japanese Canadian? How do you know?

Identifying as Japanese Canadian is no longer the stigma it once was. Heck, some might even say we’re finally cool. After all, our roots go all the way back to the land of Hello Kitty, anime and sushi. What makes YOU Japanese Canadian? The Bulletin is compiling a list of the unique charactaristics that make us who we are.

New Denver: Memories Are Made Of These . . .

My first winter in New Denver …. COLD for sure but lots of snow and it stayed. I remember we made our own sleds and skis out of fresh lumber from trees cut in the mountains. Steel runners were attached to the sleds by a man who worked at a local machine shop in town.

An Interview with Louise Noguchi

When I compare the social status of a career in art today, being an artist (female or male) is considered a much more respectable profession than when I first started out as a visual artist. However, I’m not sure if you are questioning if the status of a female artist in relationship to a male artist has changed. If this is what you are asking, comparing artistic status is a difficult thing to measure ….

Holiday Gift Guide

Started as a knitwear company by their parents in 1978, Granted Clothing is now run by siblings Brian and Amy Hirano. Their beautifully designed, 100% wool chunky-knit sweaters are locally knitted by hand and sold internationally. Each sweater takes 10 to 15 hours to make and features branded wooden zipper pulls made of salvaged yew wood from Lasqueti Island.

Osuwa Daiko

Kumidaiko grew out of both festival drumming and the more religiously-focused temple and shrine drumming but is inexorably infused with elements of jazz. As the story goes, Oguchi was sought out after a piece of written music was found in an old miso warehouse owned by one of his relatives.

Jodaiko Plays the Cultch!

Jodaiko bring a very passionate, empowered performance to the stage. In addition to Tiffany Tamaribuchi, this year’s line up included Kristy Oshiro, Susan Tanabe, Eileen Kage and Leslie Komori.