Masako Okawara (nee Isoshima) was born in Japan and grew up in Japan with her grandparents while the rest of her family were in Canada. She emigrated to Canada by herself at 13. During the war, her family was interned in New Denver, BC where they had to live in a tent initially. She talked about her life in Denver including teaching odori. She met her husband and married in New Denver. After the war, they left for Toronto, ON. She talks about doing domestic work outside Toronto because they did not have a place to live and then moving to Toronto a few years later. She talks about her involvement with the very beginning of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) including teaching ikebana and raising money for JCCC through catering.
Interview with Masako Okawara (nee Isoshima)
Date of Interview
Length of Interview
2 hr 19 min
Attack on Pearl Harbour
New Denver, BC
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
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Masako Okawara, interview by Lisa Uyeda, July 15, 2011, 2011.196, Sedai: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project Collection, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.