ARIGATO, THANK YOU, MERCI
Thank you to Arashi Daiko, Au Papier Japonais, Big In Japan, Imadake, Mikado, Miyamoto, Sho Dan & Sushi Yasu for donating their time, energy and products to the success of our opening night reception. It was a wonderful night! (see photos above)
We began creating this piece with the idea that we would give voice to the Nisei’s story, something we felt to be missing knowledge for the younger generation of Japanese Canadians, ourselves included. Our idea was that the post-war generations (Sansei, Yonsei and Gosei) could find pride in their JC identity if they heard the stories of where we had come from. We also wanted to give back to our community and in particular, the Nisei, in a way that we as theatre artists knew how. We have received so much from them.
We have edited over 70 hours of interviews into a 90 minute theatre piece. It’s not easy to get 60 lifetimes into a one-act play. This play is the tip of the iceberg. The Tashme Project would not exist without the memories, thoughts and generosity of spirit of our Nisei, Sansei, Yonsei and Shin-Ijusha interviewees. We cannot thank them enough.
ARIGATO: Alice Yasuko Aihoshi, Akiko Arai (Morishita), Margaret Ruriko Charron (Takeda), Jean Fujimoto, George Masamichi & Pat Ryuko Ikeda, Terry Inoue, Daniel Iwama, Ko Kadonaga, Sandra Kadowaki, Boon Kondo, Helen Tamiko Manning (Takeda), Ty Mariyama (Miwa), Midori (Takeda) & Sed Mitobe, Danny Mitobe, Courtinay Mitobe, Harold Miwa, Barry Miwa, Vicky Miwa, Coco & Kasko Burke , Molly Morita (Tyra), Frank Moritsugu, Wayne Nagata, Kai Nagata, Kesia Nagata, Vivian Nishi, Shoji Nishihata, Dave & Etsko (Tyra) Sakamoto, Carol, Jim, Brady & Carly Anderson, Tracy & John Finklestein, Tina, Tom & Taylor Lesnick, Glen, Norma & Jessica Sakamoto, Jim Sasaki, Ron & Dorothy (Shimizu) Shigeishi, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Eric Sokugawa, Kay (Fujino) & Tad Suzuki, Jeffrey Tajiri, Marie Michiko Takata (Morishita), Kunio & Teiko (Sone) Takeda, Valerie Takeda, Richard Takeda, Trudean Mutsuko Yoshida (Hirano), Sumire Uchiyama-Frye (Takeda), Jane Uesugi, Al Wakayama, Alice Oshiye Yamamoto (Matsui), Terry & May Yasunaka.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO: Barry Cole & John Moran @ The Cole Foundation, Ins Choi, Soulpepper, David Yee & Fu-Gen Theatre Company, Alan Itakura, Melissa Kamibayashi-Staples, Helen & David Manning, Barry & Shauna Miwa, Jennifer Matsunaga, Momiji Residence, National Association of Japanese Canadians, Nikkei Home, Nikkei National Museum, Sachiko Okuda, Ontario Arts Council, Ottawa Japanese Canadian Association, Ottawa Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Shannon Rawn, Emma Tibaldo & Molly McGuire & Charmaine Ciano @ Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Lois Brown, June Park, Kristen Lambertson & The Powell Street Festival, Karen Shigeishi-Waite, Junji Nishihata, Patrick Gauthier @ Undercurrents, Lisa Uyeda & The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Toronto, Sandra Kadowaki, Stephanie Breton, David Perrault Ninacs, Kenji Tokawa, Amanda Silvieri, Adam Capriolo, Katherine Chou, Kelly Thornton & Nightwood Theatre, Tyler Reekie.
OUR SPECIAL & MUCH APPRECIATED INDIEGOGO SUPPORTERS!
We are so very grateful to every beautiful person who gave to our Indiegogo campaign in March 2015. Your financial support allows a fully designed production with Mieko Ouchi coming in from Edmonton to direct.
A thousand paper cranes to you and yours.
Fumi Torigai, Lisa Uyeda, Marcel Milot, Sandra Kadowkai, Lillian Maguire, Linda Smith, Glenn Sakamoto, Danielle Skene, Richard Takeda, Margaret Ruriko Charron, Stéphane Boutros, Megan E. McLeod, Kay Goro, Caitlin E. France, Jennifer Sakai, Janice Shimizu, Archie H. Ohno, Paul Butler, Bernice Sorge, Don Watanabe, David Manning, Robert Hennessy, Yseult R. Sharp, Katherine Y Shimizu, Marie Barlizo, Micheline Chevrier, Zach Counsil, Roy K. Surette, Margo Kane, JT Silver, Nha-Thy Vo, Lesley Elora, Howard M. Borts, Greg Masuda, Gordon Ikeda, Joy Ross Jones, Tracy L. Sakamoto, Pierre Simpson, Kris Joseph Lizuck, Joy Kadonaga, Matthew Hashiguchi, Brian T. Morimoto, Frances Parker, Honora Harvey, Diane McLaughlin, Lillian Maguire, Jeff Chiba Stearns, Gord Hawkins, Laura Murray, Emma Tibaldo, Jennifer A Roberts, Thomas K. Takeda, Elyse Quesnel, Robert Langlais, Isobel J Salole, Danielle Mady, Elise M. Gauthier, David E. Hoe, Ronald .K Kadowaki, Stacy Takeda, Taylor Lesnick, Lindsay Wilson, Theo Posthumous, Valerie Takeda, Julie Arui, Naoko Shida Hawkins, Karen Shigeishi-Waite, Alan Itakura, Julia Mitobe, Brady Anderson, Naomi Takeda, Beth Carter, David Oppenheim, Warona Setshwaelo, Gayle Height, Beryl Moser, Carla Ayukawa, Hisako Mori, Rea Nolan, Jan Nobuto, Jane Gilchrist, Heather Hermant, Joseph Shragge, Alison Darcy Podbrey, Barbara Ford, Susana Vera, Patricia Summersett, Helen Tamiko Manning, Kayo Yasuhara, Susan Shoji , Levesque, Marion Takeuchi, Glenn Funamoto, Nicole Reynolds, Margaret Ruriko Charron, Sumire Uchiyama-Frye, Karen Kurzac, Irene M. Mitobe, Anthony Charron, Dan Miwa, Paul Dearden, Nicole Miller, Lee-Pierre Shirey, Glenn R Crawford, Nicholas Valela, Deena Aziz, Lisa Kimiko Manning