Set in the internment camps of the British Columbia interior during World War II, Terry Watada's Daruma Days captures the Japanese Canadian experience of imprisonment. Watada draws on the accounts of people who lived through the camps, often speaking with the voices of the issei and nisei, to portray the camps as haunted by demonic forces, the inhabitants caught between two worlds: the cultures of Japan and Canada.
Well-known for his column in the Nikkei Voice, Terry Watada is the author of three plays, a history of Buddhism and A Thousand Homes, and a collection of poetry. He is also a musician who has composed and produced nine albums. He lives and teaches in Toronto.