Japanese Canadian Advocacy
Although he valued his personal creative time in the studio, Kanbara committed a significant portion of his time not only to building the arts community in Hamilton, but also to advocating for Japanese Canadians. Throughout the 1980s, Kanbara was involved with the redress strategy committee and activism that culminated in 1988 with the redress agreement signed on behalf of the government of Canada.
In 1995, Kanbara completed the Shadow Project in Nathan Philips Square. He explains, “It was a project to commemorate the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The outlining of figures lying on the ground, people lying on the ground was made to symbolize how they were vaporized when the bombs fell. I recall going out in the streets on August the 6th in high school and doing that several times and also at university.”