Sakura in the Land of the Maple Leaf: Japanese Cultural Traditions in Canada
By Carlo Caldarola, Mitsuru Shimpo and K. Victor Ujimoto
June 2007, ISBN 978-0-660-19703-6
Mercury Series, Cultural Studies 82
216 pp., 46 illustrations, 17 x 24 cm, paperback
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 have 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.