Sakura in the Land of the Maple Leaf

Japanese Cultural Traditions in Canada

By (author) Carlo Caldarola, Mitsuru Shimpo & K. Victor Ujimoto
Categories: Social Science
Series: Mercury Series (0316-1854)
Publisher: Canadian Museum of History
Paperback : 9780660197036, 216 pages, May 2007

Table of contents

AbstractResumePrefaceAcknowledgementsAbout the Authors


Japanese Cultural Traditions in Southern Alberta / Dr. Carlo Caldarola

Japanese Cultural Traditions in the Greater Vancouver Area / Dr. Mitsuru Shimpo

Japanese Cultural Traditions in the Metropolitan Toronto Area / Dr. K. Victor Ujimoto

Conclusion: Persistence and Change among Japanese Canadians

List of InformantsSelected Bibliography


Based on research conducted in the mid-1970s, this book profiles the regional development of Japanese cultural traditions in British Columbia, southern Alberta and metropolitan Toronto. The authors examine how long held Japanese beliefs and practices responded to the social upheaval caused by diaspora, internment, prejudice and cultural assimilation and provide us with a snapshot of Japanese culture in post-war Canada, 100 years after the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants. Firsthand accounts, archival photographs and evocative descriptions round out this fascinating look at a culture in transition which still retains its essential identity and ultimately influences the culture around it.