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Obituary: Mr. Tatsuo Kage

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Our long time supporter of Tonari Gumi and the community, Mr. Tatsuo Kage has passed away. We would like to extend our condolences and prayers to his family and friends. We'll miss him dearly.

We would like to share below a message from the Kage family.

Dear Friends and Community,
We are deeply saddened to share the news of our father, Tatsuo Kage's passing.
After a slow but gradual decline in his health over the last couple of years, he took his last breath peacefully on January 26th, 2022 at the age of 86. He was surrounded by his family and close friends right to the very end, as we played drums and sang songs in ceremony. We are truly grateful for the kind gestures, prayers, support, and offers from everyone.
He was a humble and kind husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who found solitary pleasure in nature, downhill skiing for nearly 65 years, and fishing in the summer on the Sunshine Coast. He followed his values, engaged in all things he believed in and loved to do including cooking Japanese cuisine.
Formerly a professor/lecturer in Tokyo, he also was a writer, author, translator, consultant for Japanese immigrants, an advocate for marginalised groups, and an activist who never hesitated to speak up for human rights.
We plan to hold a celebration of his life sometime this spring or summer, details to be announced at a later date. In preparation, we would greatly appreciate anyone willing to share stories, memories, or photographs of Tatsuo Kage to help us remember who he was and how he engaged in the community.
Please send words and images to and/or please consider adding your words to this site: Feel free to forward this notice to your friends and colleagues.
Kage Family
Vancouver BC, Coast Salish Territories

Photo credit: Tamio Wakayama

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