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Yes, I am still around … just got distracted this year.

I hope to have something new … eventually.

Family Tree … Shikata ga nai

I have been working on researching my Family Tree for some time years now. I started with the goal of going back in generations to find those that came to Canada and their connections … but it ended quickly as records of those in Japan are not publicly available. If you haven’t figured out yet … I am Canadian of Japanese descent … a Japanese Canadian.

Limited to those records of anyone coming or going … or anything recorded in Canada … I had to go sideways. First I started to gather around my immediate family, but then thing started to branch further out. My family tree has ended up looking like an Aspen forest … all connected at the root with trunks popping up everywhere. For example I was just working on an entry for my the “paternal grandfather of husband of sister-in-law of sister-in-law of brother-in-law of brother-in-law of paternal 1st cousin of wife of brother-in-law of aunt of wife of my uncle”

Recently I have noticed talk about redress. Now the Federal government of Canada formally apologized in 1988, and also put together a $300 million compensation (redress) program … but it was only in 2012 that the province of British Columbia government (where pretty much all of the Japanese lived) apologized and they did not include any efforts towards redress. It was the province of BC that really pushed for the removal of the Japanese. So now various Japanese Canadian groups have gotten together to formally request this … I hope BC will do what’s right.

Now the only reason I brought that up is because of my research. One of the only reason’s I am able to get soooooo many people in my Tree was because of the RCMP records of the interment of the Japanese.

So far I have about 200+ in my family tree that have some interment record, though everyone has in some way been affected by what happened … and it keeps on going. As I have been using Ancestry.com, they often pop up hints … one of the types of hints comes from other member trees. As I go wider more and more member hints appear, but when I take a look at their facts I noticed one fact that is always missing … Interment. Hmm, I actually had to add a fact called “Interment” to the family tree app because it did not have such a thing.

Shikata ga nai 

Recording my family’s info of internment was one of the reasons I started building my family tree online, so others will know when/where about it. These are things not simply discussed with their children in many Canadian Japanese homes, even though years of their lives were affected by this … though many did go to Interment reunions.

Well, I’m making it a Fact … Japanese people were interred, their property removed, their citizenship removed, and physically removed (some “sent back to where they came from”) by the Government (spearheaded by the provincial Government of British Columbia, Canada).

One thing my wife told me … I am not just doing this for myself anymore, I am recording this for all those that need to know what happened.

So if you are doing a genealogical research on your Japanese Canadian family, and you encounter hints on Ancestry about Internment … well, it’s probably me.

Life is like a box of chocolates …

You never know what you’re gonna to get.

My last surprise was the Ricoh Wide.

The new surprise … to me it was just another broken camera that was able to pickup cheap and put back into working condition … was another Mamiya Six that I got last year.

Welllll, it appears that it was not just any Mamiya Six … it happened to be an uncommon version of the many variants that were made.

I like to make sure I describe my auctions accurately so I do a lot of searching on the web. I listed the camera as a IIa version and was questioned by Don@eastwestphoto … I did agree that it was unusual to be this version, and there was only one reference to a IIa by Dirk Spennemen but Don has not seen any other references that it did actually exist. After some discussion back and forth he figured out that I actually had a 1942 Mamiya Six IIa.

“Its a very late model lla = tear drop exposure counter, three screws in acc. shoe, f/22 on DOF scale, two strut rails, round front larger standard for a 00 shutter. Known lens & shutter of the period 1944, its a WW2 booty camera, they were never imported in the USA. Quite RARE ***** star rating in Sugiyama’s 1984 collectible Japanese camera book is for model ll, lla is even rarer! . I just found a reference to a model lla, I think maybe you are correct?”

Don has a new addition to his large Mamiya Six collection.

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Tanks.

As expected, the number of visitors to my blog has been increasing since its start just some 4 years ago … so thanks for viewing my stuff (not that stuff). This year I actually got over 10,000 views. I don’t think I will be breaking any blog records with that, but it is nice that my efforts are not worthless.

As I briefly mentioned in a previous post … I am a little delayed in my new ones. I’ve run into some parts issues that have prevented me from posting, but they will be up soon (I hope) …