Terry Watada is the author of numerous books of history, fiction, and poetry, including Daruma Days, Ten Thousand Views of Rain, Seeing the Invisible, and Bukkyo Tozen: A History of Buddhism in Canada. His latest poetry book is Obon: the Festival of the Dead. He lives in Toronto.
Banana Boys is one story, fragmented into five and reconstructed throughout the course of the lives of the five young men it follows. Adapted from the novel by Terry Woo, Banana Boys is a â??meditation for the restless?? and a call to anyone who has felt out of place in the world.
Kuroshio, meaning "black current," is the name given to the Pacific Ocean current that Japanese immigrants believe brought them safely to a new life in North America. In this vividly imagined novel based on a true story that spans decades and continents, Terry Watada explores the dark reaches of Issei, or Japanese immigrant, life in Vancouver prior …
Terry Watada crafts an artful mix of Buddhist tradition, Japanese-infused language and rich cultural history, where death is but one stop in the cyclical, timeless nature of a life. His is a warm tribute to the thin veil between worlds where sorrow is as transient as happiness. Obon: The Festival of the Dead is a celebration of people who endure th …
This beautiful collection of lyrical poems explores the dynamic interaction of Japanese and Canadian cultures, utilizing the powerful and universal elements of weather, art and family. Stylistically fluid and graceful, Ten Thousand Views of Rain evokes a world in which tradition and modern life mesh through a compelling imagination.
The emotionally powerful poems in A Thousand Homes evoke the songs of lumberjacks, the smells of cooking, the tenderness and harshness of family life, and the sharp disruptions of the Japanese-Canadian diaspora, including the forced evacuation of Japanese-Canadians from the west coast in World War II.