Axkashi Ibuse

Azusa's father, Axkashi Ibuse, was born in Haney, British Columbia in the fall of 1940 in the infancy of World War II. As a two-year old, Axkashi was carried by his mother when, under the authority of the War Measures Act, Canadians of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes with all the property they could carry to live in internment camps in the B.C. interior. Azusa's father was moved to a camp in a town called New Denver. The youngest of six surviving children, (the very youngest had been accidentally smothered one night when an older sibling rolled over onto him) Axkashi wasn't exactly worth his weight in gold, but the fact that his mother had to carry him meant that we was certainly worth his weight in other valuables.

Internees could leave the camps if they chose to move further inland and the Ibuses wound up share-cropping on a sugar beet farm for a German landowner near Vauxhall. They worked for the farmer until he sold them the land and the five brothers were entitled to equal shares in the farm if they all remained until the decision was made to sell. Azusa's Uncle Kazi was eldest brother, and as the sons grew impatient waiting for their day of treasure, he would buy them out for whatever they could imagine. Axkashi relinquished his shares for tuition to the University of Oklahoma and a 1957 red Thunderbird convertible.