SETSUTARO HASEGAWA When Setsutaro died on October 4th, 1952, the Hasegawa family’s relationship with Japan became paper-thin. At the height of the northern hemisphere summer, in August, when Japanese pay homage to their ancestors, no one gathers at his grave. Japanese tradition was lo
My parents first met in Japan in the 1960s. Unusual for the time, my father studied Japanese and economics at the Australian National University in Canberra and spent a few months on exchange in Tokyo. For a while he was hosted by my mother’s family, as one of her sisters was studying
Nikkei Australia’s Timothy Kazuo Steains interviewed Nikkei performance artist, writer and researcher Reina Takeuchi. Reina’s practice spans across visual arts, choreography, curatorial projects, written publications and creative facilitation, including her work with Asia
Nikkei Australia member Timothy Kazuo Steains was lucky enough to interview Nikkei Youtube celebrity Iori Forsyth from the channel 大家族フォーサイス家 ! They talked about Iori’s channel and family, having mixed Japanese Australian heritage, and Iori’s plans for moving to Australia.
By Shey Dimon My grandfather Tom (Tomo) was a larrikin; the self confessed black sheep of the family. He liked to ‘stir the pot’ and his deep belly laugh would erupt whenever he sensed some kind of family controversy. Just for fun, he left his fiancee, my Nan, waiting FOR A LONG TIME
【講演会】田村恵子さん「国境を越えた女たちのライフストーリー：オーストラリアの日本人戦争花嫁」＆卒業生インタビュー [Lecture] Keiko Tamura “Life Story of Cross-Border Women: Japanese War Brides in Australia” & Interview with Alumni Watch Nikkei Australia’s Dr Keiko Tamura’s zoom presentation about Japanese war bri
By Yuri Furuno My father, Eric Masakazu Shimada (1912-2010), came to Brisbane on a permanent residency visa in December, 1998 at the age of 86. He passed away on the 30th August, 2010. You may think living here for 12 years towards the end of his life would not provide much of a story
My Life Story by Iseko Williams Background to this story Iseko Jenny Williams kept an occasional memoir of her life in Japan and Australia. Iseko’s interviewer and biographer, Hiromi Ogata, who interviewed her from August to September 2018, published the
My name is Pearl Hamaguchi. I was born in Broome in 1940. I live in Broome. I’ve lived nowhere else. My grandmother on my father’s side, Yae Yamamoto, was Japanese. Yae was from Ichoda-mura (now part of Amakusa city), a village on Shimoshima Island, the largest of the Amakusa Islands
By Steve Dawson It is a privilege to be able to write about my family’s ancestral Japanese roots which trace back to Sakuragawa Rikinosuke, the first recorded Japanese immigrant to take up residence in Australia. Technically, this pioneer was my great-great grandfather, but our
by Akane Kanai My mother, Yumiko, and my father, Masakazu, met in Sydney in the early 1980s. My dad had dreams of trying something different, separate from his large family in Nagoya; my mother had previously moved to Australia from Tokyo, with her first husband, a clever man named Jo
All individuals featured in this article have been approached for permission to be named. My name is Jim McFarlane. My sister Coral and I come from a Japanese mother and an Australian father who met in Hiroshima during our father’s service in the occupation forces in 1952. Setsuko Nak
Civilian Internment in Australia during WW2 - history, memories and community heritage: this international symposium was held during Cowra's annual Festival of International Understanding March 6-16, 2014 in Cowra NSW.
On 9 March 2014, an interpretive board detailing the internment of Japanese and nikkei civilians during WWII in Australia was unveiled at the Japanese War Cemetery in Cowra, followed by commemorative ceremonies at the Australian War Cemetery,