You are cordially invited to my book launch, which The Comox Valley Writer’s Society is hosting on March 24.

This poignant novel by Kunio Yamagishi, a local author, sheds a new light on the Japanese-Canadian internment camp and how it affected the life of an internee from today’s point of view. There are many scenes from the Comox Valley in this story.

After the bombing on Pearl Habor by the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Federal Government of Canada, with a fear that the Japanese Canadians⸺Nikkei⸺would side with the enemy Japan and involve the fifth column activities and military sabotage, interned them. Over 20,000 Nikkei in Canada obediently followed the evacuation order, their properties that had been built up over a long period of labour were sold for a song, and in addition the proceedings were used to maintain their life in the camps. Six camps were set up in abandoned mining towns or the deep mountain areas, and the first winter witnessed heavy snowfalls, causing them a major challenge as their shacks were built hastily with only tar paper.

Who is a shadow and why? The protagonist, Eizo Osada, decides to wrap up his 43-year life in Canada and return to Japan where he left his wife and three sons. It is his first homecoming. It was 23 years ago his wife stopped writing to him. Eizo has kept sending money to his family while enduring his nightmarish loneliness in Toronto, and without a clue as to why his wife mysteriously cut off communication, thus he embarks on a trip back to Japan. What awaits him there? What has happened to his family during his absence? After the reunion with them, he gives a detailed account of his internment experience to his sons, now in their late forties. Do his family accept him? If not, why?

  • Date: March 24 (Saturday).
  • Venue: Filberg Centre, Evergreen lounge, at 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay.
  • Time: 2:00 pm
Kunio Yamagishi