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Kikyo: Coming Home to Powell Street

Wakayama, Tamio

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ISBN 10: 1550170627 / ISBN 13: 9781550170627
Published by Harbour, 1992
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Title: Kikyo: Coming Home to Powell Street

Publisher: Harbour

Publication Date: 1992

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Sixty stunning duotone photographs by Wakayama, documenting the history of the Powell Street Festival, are interwoven here with the voices of some eighty people involved with the Festival - people of Japanese descent and many other ethnic backgrounds.

The Festival is an annual Vancouver event celebrating the history and culture of Japanese people in Canada. In the early years of the century, Vancouver's Little Tokyo was a thriving neighbourhood, home to the Nikkei (Japanese Canadian) community. Then, in the 1940s, the community was interned, dispossessed and dîspersed, and Little Tokyo gave way to Vancouver's urban poor.

Japanese Canadians began to revive their Vancouver community after 1949, and in 1977 a group of volunteers organized the Powell Street Festival, a celebration of the history and culture of the Japanese in Canada. Today the annual Festival is still a strong focus for the community - a powerful symbol of cultural self-determination.

About the Author:

Tamio Wakayama was born in New Westminster in 1941 and spent his early childhood in the Tashme, BC internment camp. He studied journalism and philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, and in 1963 joined the civil rights movement in the American south. Upon his return to Toronto, he assembled Dream of Riches: The Japanese Canadians 1877-1977, a photographic reconstruction of the memory of the Nikkei community, which toured Canada and Japan. He is the author of six published books, including A Dream of Riches and Inalienable Rice, and has contributed to many other books and periodicals.

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