The Bulletin

Community Kitchen

Isn’t this Spring weather lovely! The warm sunshine and all the beautiful flowers just making the garden come alive!

My strawberry rhubarb plants are getting to be long enough to make this muffin and it’s really good!

Letters to the Editor

Recently I read in the newspapers in both the United States and Canada that the Salish Sea was to be designated the new name...

To the Editor

I always read Mr. Watanabe’s column with pleasure, as he has such a unique yet universal point of view! The column in the current...

A Lasting Tribute

Children attended school in Cumberland, and also attended Japanese language school six days a week. Over the years a number of Japanese merchants established businesses in Cumberland proper and Japanese women had a traditional tea garden at Comox Lake from 1914-1939.

My Story

In 1942, both of these churches were closed and we were sent to ghost towns in B.C., an action of Canada’s Prime minister and cabinet by Orders in Council. At age 10 then, I was, as one book describes, “A Child in Prison Camp.”

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.

REVIEW: School Days With A Pig

Where the film succeeds best is drawing us into the world of the children, and seeing this life and death scenario through their eyes. The adults quickly become secondary, and indeed, the principal deflects the concerns of parents and other staff members, asking them to trust the students and their teacher, who himself keeps to the periphery as much as possible.

JESSE NISHIHATA and Ancestral Memory

I’m always grateful to Jesse for his guidance and inspiration in my filmmaking life. Our relationship changed over the years, notably when I shifted my focus to being a producer instead of a filmmaker. I suspect my decision was bittersweet for Jesse, since it was clear I had taken his beliefs in mentorship and our collective creative future to heart. But it was also true that Jesse himself never gave up on the practice of actually making films, regardless whatever else he was doing as a “job”, right to the very end. I, on the other hand, now only make films vicariously, through the choices of filmmakers and films I produce and support.

Head Stone Mystery

For twenty five years during and after the war years, the Japanese cemetery in Cumberland was left unattended and it returned to it natural forest-like state. Also, there was vandalism. In the 1960s, Sensei S. K. Ikuta who was the resident Sensei of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, with the assistance of the Vancouver JCCA, had a service club in Comox Valley gather the scattered head stones and place them in a memorial monument. Pre-Second World War deceased in the Comox Valley totaled one hundred ninety eight. Only a small number of head stones are mounted in the monument.

Heiwa Garden Update

On Friday January 15, several dozen people gathered at the Heiwa Garden project on Salt Spring Island for the unveiling of interpretive panels depicting...