Yukari Oyama Peerless

Yukari Peerless
Region: Victoria BC
Generation: Issei Shin-Ijusha
Born 1975, Osaka, Japan


Yukari is a writer, Cultural Consultant, interpreter, podcaster and watercolor artist based in Victoria, BC.   Yukari has been helping to bridge the cultural gap between Japan and Canada ever since 1998, when she moved from her native Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, to Victoria. She has become the go-to person for all things Japanese culture and performing arts on Vancouver Island. Yukari is passionate about proper representation of Japanese culture in the media.

One of Yukari’s first jobs in Canada was working for the Canadian College of Film and Acting. Her interest in the theatre arts was fueled by watching student films and participating in acting workshops.

As the owner of Lucid Communication, she provides a variety of services such as interpretation and Cultural Consulting to Japanese and Canadian clients, including the local government, the government of Japan, and film &TV productions.  Past projects and clients include All Nippon Airways, Dove, Post, Philips, Ubisoft and Disney.

As a Cultural Consultant and interpreter, Yukari has worked with Disney on FX's Shogun to help cast and crew communicate better to make the set a safe place to work. She is passionate about giving context and nuance to create a safe and diverse space for everyone, online, in life and at work.

She serves as the director of communication at Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society. She is also the chair of the Arts, Culture, and Education(ACE) committee at National Association of Japanese Canadians, where she serves as a member of National Executive Board.

Yukari is also the producer/host of Japanese podcast はみだし系ライフの歩きかた(roughly translated as "Misfit's guide to life") focused on various social issues.

Yukari is also a digital content creator and can be found across social media.