Part of a series for Science World, on cherry blossoms, fuel cell cars, and other examples of every day wonders.
Science in the City articles on behalf of Science World, including how toilets, caffeine, and cell phones work (but not all together).
Odyssey: Adventures in Science
Poked around for information on the science of laparoscopy and realized my Dad would not have such a big scar on his belly if he had a gall bladder operation nowadays.
KNOW: The Science Magazine for Curious Kids
Short pieces for shorter readers, on the science of building sand castles, how carrots got orange, and the ecology of sea stars. Unfortunately, like its older sister, Yes Mag, no longer in production.
Yes Mag: The Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds
News and features on all kinds of science topics for young readers, including how Vikings navigated, growth rates in Tyrannosaurs, and robotic camel racing. Unfortunately, no longer in production.
Appleseeds Magazine for Kids 6-9
Hammered out an article on the hard life of a blacksmith in the Middle Ages.
Globe and Mail
Cutting edge Facts and Arguments about carving watermelon.
An essay on touring internment camps in British Columbia with my parents and other Japanese Canadian survivors.
Occasional personal essays in Japanese Canadian (Nikkei) culture for this national community newspaper.
Japanese Notes shares my unstuck in time experience of an overly enthusiastic Japanese choir.
Here are some projects I've curated, researched, written or somehow contributed to.
"Our Journeys Here," Richmond Museum, 2017
Researched and wrote exhibit content about the history of immigration to Canada, designed an interactive game, and drew this photo op.
"Made in Canada," Science World BC, 2017
Researched and wrote descriptions of Canadian inventions as part of exhibits and computer interactive.
"Gaman, Giri, Gambare" Banner, Nikkei National Museum, 2017
Researched and wrote banners on three values important to the Japanese Canadian community. Gaman relates to endurance, Giri involves social obligation, and Gambare is doing one's best.
(Photo: NNM 2010.23.2.4.708)
Children's Exhibits, Royal Alberta Museum, 2015-16
Worked with RAM staff to develop engaging natural and human history exhibit text for younger visitors in the new museum scheduled to open in Edmonton in 2018.
Clownfish Cove, Vancouver Aquarium, 2014
Wrote the text for the refurbishing of the interactive children's play area with design firm W3 (2014).
Japanese Canadians in Steveston, City of Richmond, 2013-14
Researched and organized materials about the history of Japanese Canadians for the exhibit in the restored Japanese Fishermen's building at the Steveston Museum.
Ken Spencer Science Park, Science World, 2012
Researched background information on sustainability for the outdoor science park.
Ryoshi — A History of Japanese Canadian Fishing, NIkkei National Museum, 2013
Researched content, developed exhibits, and wrote text with NNM Director/Curator Beth Carter in collaboration with the Nikkei Fishermen's Committee and the W3 design company on the history of Japanese Canadians in fishing.
(photo: A Jensen)
Karen Refugee Community in Surrey, Surrey Museum, 2012
Interviewed members of Karen community about their lives in refugee camps and uprooting from Burma, collected artifacts, and curated display. A moving experience for me.
Our World Gallery on Sustainability, Science World 2002
Developed concepts, researched, and wrote content for gallery on the challenges of balancing environmental, economic, and social issues.
Sometimes, I like to make things up.
Momoko is here to make the world a better place. One ogre at a time.
A quirky adventure inspired by Japan’s Peach Boy folk tale.