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Art Nov 26, 2000

Warabe Aska's visions of Earth

TORONTO -- For prolific picture-book artist Warabe Aska, art always comes first and text second. "Imagination and inspiration are very important to me," he says. "The World of Warabe Aska, Poems for the Earth: Imaginature" is the artist's 25-year retrospective collection, with works culled from ...

Travel Oct 18, 2000

Toronto gets a taste of Japanese culture

TORONTO -- The Japanese and Canadian communities here in Ontario recently kicked off a six-week celebration showcasing Japanese culture and lifestyle. Access Japan 2000, a festival of 33 mostly free events, will highlight traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with a taste of business insight. The festival, ...

National Oct 13, 2000

Bringing Japan to Canadian kids

SARNIA, Ontario -- While the number of Japanese language learners and educators in Canadian schools is growing, elementary schools like Gregory A. Hogan, a Catholic institution here, are eager for teaching intern Akiko Samukawa's volunteer services. The 26-year-old native of Kobe interned three months at ...

National Oct 27, 1999

Canadian educators push quality academics at the right price

Staff writer With joblessness on the rise and the guarantee of lifetime employment less certain, some young Japanese are looking to enhance their work skills and options through overseas studies. "Despite the downturn in Asia, the flow of international students coming to Canada from Japan has ...

General Jun 17, 1999

Trials and triumphs of black beauty

"Black is beautiful" was one of the most culturally charged American political slogans of the 1960s. Thirty years later, former model and educator Barbara Summers proves just how true those words are in her coffee-table book titled "Skin Deep: Inside the World of Black ...

National Jun 11, 1999

Expanded SDF peacekeeping role urged

Staff writer The Self-Defense Forces could play a more active role in international peacekeeping and peace-building, a Canadian parliamentarian said recently in Tokyo. Alberta Sen. Daniel Hays, chairman of the Canada-Japan Interparliamentary Group, was here from May 31 to June 4 mainly to speak with Diet ...

Music Jun 4, 1999

Musician spreads jazz gospel

"Jazz is my religion," said Joe Lee Wilson in a ceremony last week at the Tokyo campus of the International School of the Sacred Heart, after completing a six-week music workshop with 600 students. For almost half a century Wilson has been ministering the music ...

National May 13, 1999

U.N. police call 'koban' model key for strife-hit communities

Staff writer In the wake of internal conflicts like that witnessed in Bosnia, community-based policing methods characteristic of Japan's "koban" police box system are being introduced in war-torn countries, a police expert representing a Canadian peacekeeping organization said. "It's a style of policing we teach to ...

National Jan 29, 1999

Konishiki broadens kids' horizons with trek to Japan

A warm breeze blew into Tokyo last week and on its wings were 35 of Konishiki's Kids. The elementary school children, from the Oahu neighborhood where Konishiki grew up in Hawaii, were invited to Japan by the former sumo wrestler through his foundation, Konishiki's Kids, ...