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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Cinema Kabuki, courtesy of the Japan Foundation, Toronto

Not many art forms can trace their origins back to a single year. But according to Toshi Aoyagi, program officer for the Japan Foundation, Toronto, the popular theatre genre known as Kabuki started in exactly 1603. And it’s still going strong... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Linda Ohama

At 2:46 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in 2011, the fourth most powerful earthquake in recorded history hit the Tohoku region of Japan, causing mass devastation, the loss of thousands of lives, and the eventual meltdown of three reactors at the... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Photography - Film

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: courtesy of Yamnuska Mountain Tours

Coming from urban Japan to the vast Canadian wilderness changed Naoto Motoyama’s life. Now he wants to return the favour, inspiring Yukoners with the unique, natural beauty of his homeland. Motoyama is the one-person, Yukon branch of Yamnuska... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Yukon Archives, Richard Harrington fonds, 79/27 #168

The Hidden Histories Society Yukon collects stories and research on people of Asian and Black heritage who have contributed to the Yukon. It’s been doing this for 15 years. Yoshikazu (Joe) Tsukamoto was an early pioneer in the development of... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Vera Mattson Family Collection

The lure of the Yukon brought many enterprising people north. Togo Takamatsu was one of them. He was born in Chojumura, Japan on February 10, 1875 and immigrated to Vancouver in 1907. In the spring of 1920 he arrived in Carcross becoming one of 20... more

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Kim Melton

While my Japanese language lessons often begin with “Otearai wa doko desu ka?” on a first visit to a new country my vocabulary is seldom extensive enough to be able to ask all of the subsequent questions that arise surrounding both etiquette and more

May 5, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Miche Genest

Yukon Spirits launched two whiskies while I was skiing in Japan. I have not tried either yet (one of them is sold out, I hear) and in Japan, where whisky has been winning international awards since 2001, I drank whisky only once, from a 200 ml... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: The Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon

Japan is a country that is rich in history and has made quite the presence within popular Western culture. Think ninjas, samurai warriors, cherry blossoms, sushi, anime – the list goes on. On April 2 you can experience many of the wonderful things... more

Mar 31, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

A weary traveller can be forgiven for expecting typical food in a highway restaurant, even in a nice place like the Skky Hotel in Whitehorse. Instead, at the Hue Oasis Asian Fusion Restaurant and Bar, they find a passionate dedication to South... more

Feb 25, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: courtesy of Uzume Taiko

Whitehorse is about to get a dose of Japanese culture from the upcoming Festival of Taiko Drumming. June 11 to 13 will see the Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon host the world-renowned drumming group, Uzume Taiko, for a series of workshops... more

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

The Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) is challenging Yukoners to embrace “spring break up” in all its disparate meanings. To help with that, YAC is hosting a Pecha Kucha evening on Friday, March 13 at the Old Fire Hall. more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

Hayao Miyazaki, of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, has declared that The Wind Rises, playing at the Yukon Arts Centre on December 28, will be his last film. It is a truly beautiful piece of animation, complete with painterly landscapes and a remarkably textur more

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Photography - Film

Another cycle is coming to an end. In the Tlingit language Dís Tlein (Big Moon) is similar to October in the Gregorian calendar, according to the book Tlingit Moon and Tide Teaching Resource by Dolly A. Garza. more

Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Halloween

For nine of those years, Watt and fellow artists Mike Lane and Gisli Balzer have attracted like-minded artists to Whitehorse to do the same thing, as organizers of the Air Canada International Snow Carving Challenge. more

Mar 8, 2012 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

He came from Japan, and he liked our land. He even looks like a Gwitchin, Maybe he's our next of kin. more

May 27, 2010 12:00 AM Old Crow

Fumi Torigai, and my wife is Taeko Torigai. How many children do you have? We have two children: a daughter who lives here in Whitehorse and works for YTG doing mine reclamation work, and our son works as a computer specialist in Calgary. more

Apr 30, 2009 12:00 AM Yukon People