It was twenty years ago this January that Roy Kiyooka died suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving behind an incredibly diverse body of work that speaks to the restless creativity and curiosity that drove him over the course of his lifetime and his career as an artist.
by Tsuneko Kokubo (with ‘ghost writer’ Paul Gibbons) At just about the time that the Kyowakai Society of New Denver was being created, I...
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.
Kobayashi’s path to becoming the father of Canada’s iconic tabletop hockey game was anything but direct. He first found work as a punch press operator, stamping parts for jewelry. To improve on his Grade 8 education, he enrolled at Sir George Williams College — now Concordia University — where he took chemistry, physics and math.
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.
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.
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 ….
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.
We finally made it to the end of the march where we were welcomed by the taiko drummers performing on stage and I was so happy that the Walk for Reconciliation organizers asked our community to join them in their celebration.
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.
Keith Fukushima’s Ride to Remember Like so many Lower Mainland residents, Keith Fukushima and his sister Tanis would look forward to visiting the Fair...
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.