Sadayoshi Aoki

Sadayoshi Aoki

Sadayoshi Aoki was a Tokyo-trained educator and school principal who ran Japanese language schools first in Cumberland, BC, and later out of the family's home in Vancouver. With the forced removal of Japanese Canadians from the coast in 1942, Sadayoshi Aoki relocated to a sugar beet farm in Iron Springs, Alberta in an effort to keep his family together. His children had storied lives and careers of their own - his eldest, Ted Aoki, was a highly influential educator and university professor, and his younger son, Harry Aoki, was a renowned musician. (Source: Kimura Appendix)
Bird Commission case file number 643. Custodian file number 4697. (Source: lac_rg33-69_volume_31_file_0643)
He was born on 17 February 1889. He was a school teacher employed by Japanese School, 1934 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC. His family includes Aki Endo (mother; nee Aki Aoki), Bunsaku Endo (father), Masako Aoki (wife; nee Masako Oyatsu), Haruo Aoki (son), Hideko Aoki (daughter), and Michiko Aoki (daughter). His home address is listed as 1934 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Nobleford, AB and Iron Springs, AB.


Regularized NameSadayoshi Aoki
Custodian Identification Number4697
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Nobleford, AB
Residence (after uprooting)Iron Springs, AB
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


Custodian Case Files (1)
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