Word Vancouver Presents: Tashme Haiku Reading/タシメ博物館5周年記念 俳句朗読会

Sun, Sept 26, 4-5 pm pst (free online event) / 9月26日(日)午後4時から5時まで(太平洋夏時間)無料イベント

Featuring the Japanese Canadian theatre artist Julie Tamiko Manning (“The Tashme Project: The Living Archives”), Word Vancouver presents the Tashme Haiku reading event on Sunday Sept. 26.

Julie will recite haiku her grandfather wrote as a member of the Tashme Haiku Club while interned in the Tashme Internment Camp during World War II.

Reading from Montreal, Julie with be joined by author Isabella Mori and heritage activist Laura Saimoto in Vancouver. The event is part of the commemorations of the fifth anniversary of Tashme Museum, located in the Sunshine Valley outside Hope.

Tashme was the largest Japanese Canadian internment camp, housing 2600 residents from 1942-46. Jacqueline Pearce, Jean-Pierre Antonio and Michiko Kihira have been leading a massive translation project to translate half of the 600 haiku written by the young Tashme Haiku Club members into English haiku form. These haiku capture the deep emotional moments of beauty and hardship of internment life.

Join us for this unique exploration merging literature, culture, and history. Register at https://trellis.org/haiku

BC History Magazine Award winning article

Haiku in Tashme: The legacy of Sukeo “Sam” Sameshima | British Columbia Historical Federation (bchistory.ca)

Host: Word Vancouver with organization partners Historic Joy Kogawa House Society; Sunshine Valley Tashme Museum; Vancouver Japanese Language School