Category: Editorial

Editorial: Living “Ganbare”

When American poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in 1970 the internet was barely past its theoretical phase and would...

Editorial: The New Normal

First, some statistics courtesy of the Canadian Cancer Society: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). In...

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Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. Chinese Proverb Ah, those ancient Chinese proverbs ....

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“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which...

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As we head into the holiday (i.e. shopping) season, some of you are no doubt wracking your brains, wondering what to give that special...

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While the Vancouver Nikkei community can sometimes be fractious and is not always the model of cooperation, the fact is, we are a small...

Go Fish

In the 2007 book, Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast, Their Biographies and Photographs (Harbour Publishing), over 3600 Nikkei fishermen are listed, going back to the late 1800s. How many women are on that list? Exactly one. There are admittedly, more women involved in recreational fishing, but they are still vastly outnumbered by the men.
Happily, my wife Amy is one of those exceptions to the rule. She grew up in a family of recreational fishermen and can not only catch fish with the best of them, she can clean and filet them with a surgeon’s precision, all good qualities in a mate, as far as I’m concerned.

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One of my most prized possessions is an old wooden box. It’s about the size of a shoebox that a pair of size 16...

Finding Joy

A few weeks back I was driving my daughter Kaya to school. Normally she takes the school bus, but given that it was her...

Quiet Heroes in Trying Times

I know I’ve been over this territory before on these pages, but it never hurts to revisit some things, such as the idea that real heroes are found, not in the sports section or on Entertainment Tonight but under our own noses.

Mixing it up in Canada

If intermarriage was ever an issue within the Canadian Nikkei community itself, it has long since ceased to raise eyebrows among even the most hardened in-laws. And as for the reasons for looking outside the community for love, I’m sure they’re as varied as the individuals involved.