#120-6688 Southoaks Crescent Burnaby, BC Canada V5E 4M7

Hours: 11am-5pm, Tues - Sat (closed Sun, Mon & statutory holidays)
Phone: 604.777.7000
Email: jcnm@nikkeiplace.org


Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit artifacts and archives relating to the history of Japanese Canadians from the 1870s through the present, and to communicate to all the Japanese Canadian experience and contribution as an integral part of Canada's heritage and multicultural society.

Past Exhibitions

Taiga Chiba

Arctic Experiences

October 2011 – January 7, 2012

Level 2

Japanese printmaking techniques have been used in the Canadian Arctic since the 1950s. Vancouver printmaker Taiga Chiba is continuing this connection through his recent teaching in Nunavut.

Shiwasu – Handmade Gifts Show and Sale

December 10-21, 2011

Free admission
Regular hours: 11am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Friday December 16, 11am-8pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Get ready for the holidays with gorgeous handmade crafts by local Japanese Canadian artists. Find perfect gifts with a Japanese flair for all ages! A special furoshiki wrapping demonstration will take place on December 10th at 2pm.

Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration

October 11 – December 3, 2011

Talk by Taiga Chiba, Saturday, October 15, 2pm

Owl, Fox and Hare Legend, 1959, Osuitok Ipeelee, Printed by the artist, with James Houston, Stencil, CMC, CD 1959-021 SS © IMG2010-0207-0037-Dm Photo: Marie-Louise Deruaz

Opening party, Saturday, October 15, 3-5pm

Talk by co-curator Asato Ikeda, Saturday, October 22, 2pm

Talk by Maiko Behr, Wednesday, November 9, 7pm

This exhibition features exquisite and extraordinarily rare prints from Japan and Cape Dorset, Nunavut, from the late 1950s and early 1960s. It also tells the little-known story of how, fifty years ago, the Canadian artist and “discoverer” of Inuit art, James Houston, travelled to Japan to study printmaking with Un’ichi Hiratsuka.

Stone Image of Buddha at Usuki, ca. 1940, Un’ichi Hiratsuka, Printed by the artist, Woodcut, Gift of Alice W. Houston, CMC, 2010.171 © IMG2010-0207-0007-Dm Photo: Marie-Louise Deruaz

Exhibition organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization with the assistance of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset.


Pow! the art of the festival

May 28 – October 8, 2011

Pow! the art of the festival is a journey through the poster art that advertises and celebrates the Powell Street Festival. Through this exhibit, we celebrate thirty-five years of Festival creativity, prosperity and community spirit. Like the Festival itself, the posters have matured – from scrappy upstarts to polished creations. Many posters designers have gone on to become important artists in the community including Tamio Wakayama, Kaori Kasai, Lotus Miyashita, Lynda Nakashima and Kathy Shimizu.

Thank you to our generous supporters:

BC Arts Council, Vancouver 125, The Vancouver Foundation, Powell Street Festival Society


Tales of Powell Street (1920-1941)

Exhibit May 28 – October 1, 2011

Opening party, Friday, May 27, 7-9pm

Powell Street was the pre-war business centre of the Japanese community in Vancouver. The vibrant street was filled with busy vegetable and fish markets, taxis, bustling cafés, boarding houses, traditional bath houses and special Japanese food stores. Regular baseball games were played by the Asahi ball team in Oppenheimer Park. We invite you to discover the many monogatari of Powell Street.

Public Programs
Film Presentations:
Admission by donation
Minoru: Memory of Exile
, June 2, 7pm.
Shirley Omatsu
, Ohanashi – The Story of Our Elders, August 4, 7pm.

Powell Street walking tours:
Thursday, June 23, 2pm
Saturday, August 27, 10am
Friday, September 16, 2pm
Walking tour fee is $10 and reservations can be made by calling 604.777.7000

Share your memories at the Powell Street Reunion – June 17 and September 22, 12-2pm

Daily gallery tours from 2pm or by appointment from June 7-August 20.



Showcase: April 9-30, 2011, open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, by donation
preview online http://www.jcnm.ca/exhibitions/showcase/bloom-art-auction-preview-artworks-1

Silent Auction: SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 6:30-9:00PM | TICKETS $40
TICKETS 604 777 7000 or info@nikkeiplace.org
Buy tickets by Paypal from this website
** please purchase your tickets before the event starts at 6:30pm **
Reserve your tickets by calling 604.777.7000 or email info@nikkeiplace.org


* artwork by 50 emerging & established artists *
* artful finger food*
* live entertainment *
* MC Tetsuro Shigematsu *

The Japanese Canadian National Museum will be hosting an art exhibition and auction to raise funds and awareness about the Museum and Centre, and to promote Asian Canadian artists in the community. This showcase of Asian Canadian artists is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, featuring gorgeous pieces by a diverse group of contemporary and traditional artists and artisans who have generously donated work in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, and much more.

Tickets to the silent auction on April 30th are only $40. A creative finger food dinner will be provided by Open Sesame, the NNM&HC Auxiliary, Yumi Matsuda and others. Performances by Mark Takeshi McGregor and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa – Tiresias Duo (flute/piano), dance by Colleen Lanki of Tomoe Arts, and DJ music will enliven the gorgeous Ellipse Lobby. The evening will be MCed by actor and radio personality Tetsuro Shigematsu.

Bring your wallets and be prepared for fantastic, high quality art at amazing deals, delicious and creative food, live performances and fabulous company – a chance to hob-nob with good taste!

Tak Tanabe | Roy Kiyooka | Tomoyo Ihaya | Mas Funo | Yvonne Wakabayashi | Arleigh Wood | Yukiko Onley | Sascha Yamashita | Ted Colyer | Roy Hamaguchi | Camilla D’Errico | Robert Shiozaki | Mary Anne Tateishi | Miyuki Shinkai | Shirley Inouye | Junichiro Iwase | Motoko | Michiko Suzuki | Twinkets | Mas Yano | Aki Mimoto | Shig Kuwabara | Connie Sabo | Kathy Shimizu | Masako Hori | Ban Wei | Carlie Wong | In Element Designs | Jeremy Isao Speier | Keiko Kiyota | Katsumi Kimoto | Cindy Mochizuki | Trevan Wong | Linda Ohama | Lotus Miyashita | Katsumi Sugita | Setsuko Kaneda | Naoko Takenouchi | Sara Genn | Joseph Wu | Terry Sasaki | Yoriko Gillard| The Vert Jewellery | Him Creations | Tomoyo Ihaya | Mari Yasuda | Tad Yesaki | Ming-Whe Liou | Koichi Saito

DONORS: Ed Kargl, Select Wines, Hapa Izakaya, Chado Tea House, Master Framers, City Opera, Miku Restaurant, Arts Club Theatre, Open Sesame, Grouse Mountain, Eatery

The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

January 18 – March 26, 2011

Opening Celebration January 15, 4-6 pm

admission by donation

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani is a fiercely independent, 90-year-old Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. He has survived the trauma of those two significant events and homelessness by creating art every day. This remarkable exhibition about the art and life of Mr. Mirikitani is a poignant exploration of the lasting impacts of war and discrimination, and the healing power of creativity.

Curated by Roger Shimomura and produced by The Wing Luke Asian Museum. Created in association with The Cats of Mirikitani, produced by Linda Hattendorf and Masa Yoshikawa.

The award-winning film, The Cats of Mirikitani, will be screened at the following times:
Thursday, February 3, 7pm
Saturday, February 26, 2pm
Saturday, March 26 at 2pm
Suggested donation $5
Join us for a guided gallery tour after the screening.

Weekly gallery tours will be held at the following times in the gallery by donation:
Wednesday, January 19, 2pm
Tuesday, January 25, 2pm
Wednesday, February 9, 2pm (cancelled)
Tuesday, February 15, 2pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2pm (cancelled)
Tuesday, March 15, 2pm

Nitobe Memorial Garden, 1973

Photographs by Trevor Martin
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nitobe Gardens, the Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present these beautiful photographs by Trevor Martin on the 2nd floor of the Centre.

Shiwasu – Handmade Gifts Show and Sale

December 2 – 18, 2010

Special opening day hours: December 2, 3pm-9pm.
Regular hours: Dec 3-18, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Free admission

Get ready for the holidays with gorgeous handmade crafts by local Japanese Canadian artists. Find perfect gifts with a Japanese flair for all ages!

…kimono fabric items, washi paper, teas, pottery, jewellery, cards, clothing, accessories, paintings and more…

Enjoy a dazzling display of decorated Christmas trees in the lobby.

Artists include:
Pac West, Yuko Yoshida (kimono fabric items) http://wa.pacwestie.com/
Mari Yasuda (clothing) http://www.mariyasuda.com/
Lotus Miyashita (art, magnets, cards, jewellery) http://www.lotusmdesign.com/
Sachi Yamabe (Paintings) http://sachiyamabe.com/
Lin Crane (handbags made with Japanese fabrics)
Robert Shiozaki (Pottery) http://www.vandopgallery.com/artists/dsp_artist.php?ArtistID=20
Kimiko Hawkes (fabric kokeshi dolls and cards)
Kyoko Yamaguchi (jewellery)
moonfly designs, Kim Kalanj (paper crafts) http://www.moonflydesigns.com/
Himawari Designs (glass accessories) http://www.himawari.ca/index.php
Kayo Hosaka (leather accessories)
Joseph Wu (origami sculptures) http://www.josephwu.com/home.html
Jean Okada (fabric accessories)
Mellon Glass (glass) http://www.mellonglass.com/
Babymaci (baby clothes) http://www.babymaci.com/
Flaming Angels (cushions) http://www.etsy.com/people/Flamingangel
Beauty Secrets of Japan (soaps)
Yvonne Wakabayashi (textile arts) www.yvonnewakabayashi.com

and more…

Kizuna – Connecting through Generations

September 11 – November 27, 2010

What bonds do we have with the past? How do we maintain important connections between our lives today and into the future? As part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations, the Japanese Canadian National Museum has invited four contemporary artists of Japanese Canadian ancestry to create new works specifically for the exhibit Kizuna – Connecting through Generations.

The artists being featured are Natalie Purschwitz (interdisciplinary artist working with fibre and textiles); Greg Masuda (photographer/filmmaker); Miyuki Shinkai (painter and glass artist); and Mark Takeshi McGregor (musician and contemporary music collaborator).

The term Kizuna means bonds or ties – either a physical or ephemeral connection. Each artist will work with a community member, and will also use the museum collections as a tool to inspire discussion or memory, and for visual inspiration. Follow their creation process through the Kizuna blog at www.kizunaproject.blogspot.com, then visit the exhibit for a unique presentation of history and community – a contemporary installation/art piece that mixes the past and present and speaks to the future.

Generously sponsored by the Canada Council – Conseil des Arts du Canada, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Arts Council.

Tributaries: Reflections of Aiko Suzuki

June 30-August 28

Opening reception June 29, 7-9pm
gallery conversation at 7:30pm

Aiko Suzuki was a remarkable visual artist of national significance who was known as a feminist, leader and educator in the arts until her death in 2005. This exhibit will pay tribute to Suzuki’s life and work through a display of some of her original work and three multimedia installations by noted writer Joy Kogawa, new music composer Ann Southam, and visual artist Grace Channer, who were each inspired by Suzuki and worked in collaboration with Toronto filmmaker Midi Onodera. Suzuki’s personal dynamism was both stunning and inspiring. This is your chance to experience the energy and spirit of this prolific and fascinating artist.

Aiko Suzuki (October 22, 1937-December 31, 2005) was originally born in Vancouver, and later was interned with her family in the Slocan region and then moved to Ontario. Aiko was a prolific artist who worked in a wide variety of media, ranging from textiles, to spray paint, to acrylic and oils, and monoprints. Her work extended beyond the canvas to include monumental sculptural fibre works, dance sets and smaller multimedia works. For 25 years, she was a mentor to many artists, and was involved in arts education with countless students throughout Toronto. She received numerous awards for her contributions, and in 2005, she was elected to membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Midi Onodera is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker who has been directing, producing and writing films for over twenty years. She has over twenty-five independent short films to her credit as well as a theatrical feature film and several video shorts. Midi’s films have been critically recognized and included in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally, such as the International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Bilbao, Spain, the Berlin International Film Festival; and Toronto International Film Festival.

Public Program
Speakers Series
Ahead of Time: Interdisciplinarity an Activism in the Artistic and Cultural Practices of Aiko Suzuki

by Cindy Mochizuki
August 19, 7pm
Aiko Suzuki’s artistic and cultural practices moved across disciplines and against the expectation and limitations placed on the generations of women artists who began their artistic career since the late 1960s. This talk will re-visit and make connections to points spanning across Aiko Suzuki’s body of work; moving back and forth between her early abstract expressionist prints, fiber work and towards her multi-media installations and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Presented in collaboration with the Powell Street Festival and sponsored by the Deux Mille Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, and Hamber Foundation.


The Photographs of Ishimoto Yasuhiro

June 5 – August 7, 2010

Photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro (b. 1921) is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in the development of postwar Japanese photography. Among his most celebrated bodies of work, his photographs of the legendary 17th century Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto infuse images of the iconic structure with a New Bauhaus aesthetic. This exhibition of 50 black and white photographs presents Ishimoto’s attempt to liberate tradition through a contemporary view point.

Works: 50 framed Photographs of Gelatin Silver Print from Katsura Villa, Iwanami Shoten (1983)
(Collection of The Japan Foundation)

Ishimoto was born in San Francisco, 1921 then moved to Kochi Prefecture, Japan, with his parents in 1924. After graduating from Kochi Prefecture Agricultural High School, he returned to the United States in 1939 and was detained in a Colorado internment camp in 1942. In 1948, he entered the Photography Department of the Chicago Institute of Design where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. After graduation, he returned to Japan in 1953 where he began photographing Katsura. His book on the subject was published in 1960. Ishimoto became a professor at the Tokyo University of Art and Design in 1966. He has had his work displayed in numerous solo exhibitions, including New Japanese Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1996, Ishimoto was given the Person of Cultural Merit Award by the Japanese government.

Produced and curated by The Japan Foundation

Half & Half: Mary Anne Tateishi and Robert Shiozaki

April 24-June 19

Deeply inspired by the historic photographs and artifacts they found in the collections of the Japanese Canadian National Museum, Mary Anne Tateishi and Robert Shiozaki have each created new multimedia works that speak to their Japanese Canadian heritage. Mary Anne Tateishi’s abstract paintings illustrate the vibrancy and vitality of Powell Street when it was a bustling and busy community before the war. She imagines what life for Japanese Canadians might have been like if there wasn’t a war. In contrast, Robert Shiozaki has created a place of contemplation in the middle of the gallery that inspires reflections on living history – how the museum collections represent the continuum and evolution of Japanese Canadian society. Together these artists explore their own unique perspectives on the passage of time, and their own place in the community.

Opening reception April 24, 12-3pm as part of Celebrate Spring at Nikkei Place!
Gallery conversation with the artists at 1:30pm.

May 6, 7pm Artist Talk by Mary Anne Tateishi

The Museum thanks the British Columbia Arts Council, Sonray Sales, and 3D Custom Foam Inc. for supporting this exhibition.

2nd Annual Asian Canadian Artist Showcase & Art Auction

Showcase: March 20-April 9, admission by donation

Silent Auction Fundraiser: Friday, April 9, 6-9pm
TICKETS $40 includes dinner and live entertainment
Tickets available at the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre

Join us for the second annual Artist Showcase! Celebrate our amazing community of Asian Canadian artists and help raise funds for the National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre. This showcase of Asian Canadian artists is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, featuring gorgeous pieces by a diverse group of contemporary and traditional artists and artisans who have generously donated work in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, and much more.

Tickets to the silent auction on April 9th are only $40. A creative buffet dinner will be provided by Chef Yamamoto from Hi Genki, Pings Wings Wandering Wok, Miku, The Eatery, and CAKE-YA. Performances by Yayoi (dance), Leslie Uyeda & Heather Pawsey (piano and vocals), and Nishihara & Kage (piano and taiko drums) will enliven the gorgeous Ellipse Lobby. The evening will be MCed by actor and radio personality Tetsuro Shigematsu.

Bring your wallets and be prepared for fantastic, high quality art at amazing deals, delicious and creative food, live performances and fabulous company – a chance to hob-nob with good taste!

Two Views

Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank

January 16 – March 13, 2010

Ansel Adams, Calisthenics, Manzanar Relocation Center, 1943

This compelling collection of photographs presents two views of internment and incarceration in the early 1940s. This exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of forced separation and uprooting and the effects that it has on its victims. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese descent from the coastal regions. Nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and 22,000 Japanese Canadians were affected. The internment camps for the Japanese Americans were scattered around the US west. In Canada, the B.C. Security Commission was established to oversee the removal to hastily planned camps in the BC interior, or to work and road camps in other parts of the country.

Parts of this exhibit were previously displayed at Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver in 2003, curated by Bill Jefferies and Grace Eiko Thompson. Ansel Adams images are courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. The Ansel Adams photographic prints were donated to the Japanese Canadian National Museum by the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizen’s Association. Thank you to the Vancouver Historical Society for their sponsorship of the exhibit.

All are welcome to attend the opening reception on January 16, 4-6pm.

Bill Jeffries will present a talk ‘Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and the Sacrifices Made in 1942′ on January 28, 7pm.

Greg Masuda will present two photography workshops on how to take better pictures.

Special film screenings about Leonard Frank and Mazanar on February 27, 2pm. The films will also be shown in the gallery on a small screen during the exhibition.

Handmade Gifts Show and SaleShiwasuPoster

December 5 – 19, 2009

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-5pm.
Special extended hours on Thursday December 10, 11am-8pm. Hot Cider and cookies 5-8pm.

Free admission.

Get ready for the holidays with gorgeous handmade crafts by local Japanese Canadian artists. Find perfect gifts with a Japanese flair for all ages!

Artists include:
Pac West, Yuko Yoshida (kimono fabric items)
Flaming Angels, Miriam Melanson (Japanese pop art pillows)
Oohcha, Karen Duffield (quality teas)
Mary Anne Tateishi (paintings)
Momoko Rodriguez (pottery)
Lotus Miyashita (art, magnets, cards, jewelry)
Sachi Yamabe (Paintings, magnets, jewelry)
Setsuko Kaneda (felted scarves and bags)
Lin Crane (handbags made with Japanese fabrics)
Robert Shiozaki (Pottery)
Natalie Purschwitz (felted scarves)
Kimiko Hawkes (fabric kokeshi dolls and cards)
Kyoko Yamaguchi (soap, lotion, earrings)
moonfly designs, Kim Kalanj (paper crafts)
Mari Yasuda (doggy clothing)
Toshiko Kim (handmade flowers)
and more…

September 17 – November 7

Michael Tora Speier, “Broken Only at Sky” and Leslie Komori, “Lemon Creek Map Project”

Explore ideas of community memory and Japanese Canadian history through these two playful and interactive installations which invite moments of personal recollection.

Opening reception Friday September 25, 6-8pm. All are welcome to attend.


Broken Only at Sky is a playful series of sculptural works offering a hands-on approach for visitors to explore a broad Japanese North American history. It is an artistic project rooted in specific family sites and moments of personal remembrance. Four pyramid-shaped markers invite viewers to engage all their senses in a collage of symbols, signs and sites. Three glass globe dioramas depict historic scenes of passage for Japanese in their new land – Passage to Turtle Island – late 1890s, Orchard Picnic – 1920s, and The Campfire – 1942-1945.
Michael Tora Speier is a Vancouver raised hapa yonsei with family roots in California, Queens (New York), Japan and the Black Sea. “I was inspired by my maternal family’s pool of immigrant experience. Reflections on history led me to create poetry that opened up an intricate story of connecting disparate worlds. My work weaves together past and present landscapes which meet the huge open sky of one’s imagination.”

The Lemon Creek Map Project was inspired by a visit to Lemon Creek in the Slocan region of interior BC. From 1943-1946, this was the home of 2000 displaced Japanese Canadians, including Leslie’s mother. Today, there is virtually nothing in Lemon Creek – it is literally a cow field margined by barbed wire. The project uses a giant map outline and historic photographs as an interactive community memory “colouring project” for anyone who wishes to add stories or drawings to fill in the cartography. It is ever-changing and ever-evolving, relying on the participation of the survivors and their families.

Leslie Komori is a third generation Vancouverite, literally born and bred in Oakridge. She is active in the Japanese Canadian community, and a member of several Taiko groups. “I wanted to give Lemon Creek Survivors the ability to mark their name on a map, to proclaim their presence and own that part of their personal history. I wanted to give children of camp survivors the opportunity to learn about their family’s history. I hope this project might spark other stories from their parent’s memories, such as sledding down Anderson Hill, or walking across the train trestle enroute to Slocan City.”

Sea Stealth and Suzuko
May 12 - September 10, 2009

The Suian Maru exhibition from 2006 has come back to the gallery. This exhibition marks the daring 1906 Suian Maru voyage of Japanese immigrants to the Fraser River. In autumn 1906, spurred to escape hardship and famine in Japan by a dream of abundant natural riches in Canada, the legendary Jinsaburo Oikawa led 82 men and women on a voyage across the Pacific. They came on a three-mast schooner Suian Maru to build a prosperous community on Don and Lion Islands and the nearby area on the Fraser River that endured until 1942. The show will feature rare Oikawa Family treasured artifacts and photographs donated by Oikawa’s great-grandchildren in Japan, complemented by material and stories from the descendents of those who came with him.


Gallery Hours:

Thursday, April 30, 11am-5pm
Friday, May 1, 11am-9pm
Saturday, May 2, 9:30am-5pm, silent auction from 7pm.

A fundraiser to benefit the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre featuring an eclectic mix of painting, photography, illustration, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, and more, generously donated by Asian Canadian artists.

wine & cheese
live jazz music

Free admission, but RSVP required to attend Silent Auction by April 30, 2009 to: 604.777.7000 ext.105 or museum@nikkeiplace.org

March to December
January 16 – April 15, 2009

click here to go to online exhibition

Curated by Cindy Mochizuki
Featuring new works by Kyo Maclear, Julie Tamiko Manning, and Baco Ohama

Web project launch and reception
Friday, January 16, 2009, 7pm

Lecture by Lyle Dick
Saturday, January 24, 2009, 2pm

Curator’s gallery talk
Saturday, February 7, 2009, 2pm

All programs are open to the public and by donation. Please RSVP

This project was made possible with the financial assistance of the B.C. Arts Council and the Roy Ito Award.

March to December is an interactive web project created in response to the war journal found in the archives of the late Roy Ito. Within this online exhibition, contemporary artists Kyo Maclear, Julie Tamiko Manning and Baco Ohama create individual web projects based on Ito’s documentation of his time serving in the Canadian army during WWII. The interactive web project provides audiences with three entry points into some of the complex and layered, day-to-day accounts that Ito has taken from March to December 1945. The artists have each carefully crafted media-based work that can be found within the online archive, that range from audio, animation, and video work. Their new works present a glimpse; a temporal snapshot into a particular historical moment, and into the observations of Ito during his time at war as a Japanese Canadian sergeant. Items from the Roy Ito collection, including his war diary, will be on display in the gallery.

Wild Birds
Carvings by Tad Yesaki ・Photographs by Roy Hamaguchi

October 2 – December 24, 2008

This exhibition celebrates wild birds through the works of two Nikkei artists—photographer Roy Hamaguchi and woodcarver Tad Yesaki. A full-colour book about the artists and their art, written by Donna Yoshitake Wuest, featuring photographs by Hamaguchi and the graphic design by Lotus Miyashita, will accompany the exhibition.

Mallard 2006
Mallard, 2006 by Tad Yesaki

Tad Yesaki began, as a youngster in the mid-1940s, carving decoys for duck hunting in Picture Butte, Alberta, where his family relocated during the internment years. As his appreciation for the beauty of birds emerged, Yesaki’s craft of carving decoys evolved to the art of carving decorative birds. He has exhibited his carvings in shows and competitions throughout BC’s Lower Mainland and across Canada and the United States. He’s won numerous prizes, including two firsts at the Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship in Kitchener, Ontario in 2008.

Lesser Snow Geese, Westham Island, Delta, BC, Oct 2000 by Roy Hamaguchi

Roy Hamaguchi’s interest in photography also began in the mid-1940s at Minto Mine, near Lillooet, where his family had evacuated to during WWII. His adventures in photography have taken him from the Canadian Arctic to the Serengeti in Africa to Asia, yet some of his favourite locations are right here in beautiful British Columbia.
Hamaguchi’s photographs have been featured across Canada, including at the 1986 International Ornithological Conference in Ottawa and in a permanent exhibition of his bald eagle photographs at the Brackendale Art Gallery. His photographs have appeared in publications such as Marsh Notes, Canadian Geographic, Equinox, Nature Canada, Time-Life, and Beautiful British Columbia, and on a Canada Post stamp.


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Re-Shaping Memory, Owning History:
Through the Lens of Japanese Canadian Redress

August 19 – September 21, 2008
Regular hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm.
Will be open on Sunday, Sept 21, noon-5pm.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of redress JCNM presents this exhibition of the history of Japanese Canadians. First shown to inaugurate the museum in 2000, this exhibition looks through the lens of redress at the violations of human rights conducted against Canadians of Japanese ancestry under the War Measures Act, between 1941 until 1949. The federal government’s acknowledgement of wrongdoing and compensation on September 22, 1988 redressed the past. Layers of voices, drawn from government documents, newspapers, books, poetry, diaries, letters, and oral histories, together with poignant photographic images and memory-laden artifacts, speak to losses and absences, and of issues of community, identity, representation, and human rights.

The Life of Paper

June14 – August 5, 2008

Presented together with Pangaea Arts.
Join us for an exhibition of the amazing possibilities of paper, featuring the work of world-renowned origami artist Joseph Wu. The public is invited to contribute to enormous paper works of art. This is an opportunity to collaborate with Joseph Wu and other origami experts as they create a massive interactive origami display, which will grow throughout the weeks as the public adds their contributions, with help from members of PALM (Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland) and community volunteers. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or an origami expert, you are welcome to contribute your own artwork, made on-site, as you learn about origami, paper-making, and recycling. All ages are welcome. Group visits by appointment.
Pangaea Arts’ website www.pangaea-arts.com Joseph Wu’s website www.origami.as
JCNM and Pangaea Arts gratefully acknowledges the support from the following: 2010 Legacies Now, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Hamber Foundation, Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland, Spirit of BC, BC Gaming, Vancouver Foundation, Toyo Co., Ltd., BC150, Assembly of BC Arts Councils, Japan-Canada Relations 80 Year Partnership Across the Pacific.

The Sakura Tree

May 1-30, 2008
Paintings by Karen Brownlee created to illustrate the children’s book of the same title, written by Carolyn McTighe, published by Red Deer Press. The Sakura Tree is a gently eloquent tale which follows the progress of three “picture brides” who immigrated to Canada in the early twentieth century. Based on extensive research, oral histories and family photo albums, thirty four models and four cultural consultants, Karen’s watercolours explore and present elements of Japanese Canadian life circa 1880-1920 (the so called “picture bride” era) until 1940 in the Lower Mainland. Karen Brownlee is an Alberta artist with long standing friendships in the Southern Alberta Japanese Canadian community, an interest in exploring history, and a background in Loatian and Chinese brush painting.

Friday, May 23, 7pm
Join Karen Brownlee for a participant customized round table discussion on The Sakura Tree paintings. Topics include: slide show of model photo sessions, including models who are descendants of picture brides; Japanese Canadian social, cultural, and historical elements derived from oral history and family photo albums woven into the paintings; and creating artwork intended for publishing children’s literature.

Saturday, May 24, 2pm
Gallery tour, exhibition and book presentation by Karen Brownlee, followed by a book signing with author Carolyn McTighe and the artist.


March 28 – April 19, 2008
This show is based on the vital role of a Japanese Canadian newspaper during the internment years between 1942 and 1945. It consists of over forty images of THE NEW CANADIAN journalists and Kaslo life. It summarizes a great Japanese Canadian newspaper story and careers of the leaders who made it. This exhibit was developed by the Langham Cultural Society, Kaslo and curated by Ian Fraser.

Friday, April 18, 7pm
Presentation by Ian Fraser “A tribute to THE NEW CANADIAN Heroes”

Saturday, April 19, 2pm
Gallery tour by Ian Fraser followed by a closing reception.

Shashin: Japanese Canadian Studio Photography to 1942
November 17, 2007 – March 15, 2008

Most of us have family photographs that we look at from time to time, often with our children and grandchildren, or with other relatives, to recall and share family events or milestones. In looking at them, we not only remember our own experience relating to each photograph, but also stories told to us by our parents, through older photographs. Though we might not be sure of the truths with every telling, as memories tend to become fictionalized, there is no doubt of our satisfaction in piecing together such stories.

This exhibition and publication aim to look back through a period of almost fifty years of history, through the eyes of Japanese Canadian studio photographers who operated on the West Coast of Canada. The photographers captured the brief moment of the shutter opening. Moments in the lives of the subjects are recorded not in words, but in images, and now these are brought together, fragments gathered to produce stories. Who were these photographers? And who were their subjects? What do these photographs tell us in the 21st century?

The eighty photographs selected originated in the studios of Senjiro Hayashi, Kitamura, and Tokitaro Matsubuchi in the town of Cumberland, Paul Louis (Tsunenjo) Okamura in the city of New Westminster, and Shokichi Akatsuka, Yataro Arikado, Columbia Studio (M. Toyama), Empress Studio (J. Shingo Murakami), (F.S.) Fujiuwara Photo Studio, Main Studio (M. Nakashima, Gunji Nakamachi and Bungoro Tonegawa), and Jo Seiko, all in the city of Vancouver. The studio images reveal subjects from a diversity of communities: European, Chinese, Japanese and African-American immigrants are all depicted, both the province’s elite and workers. They form a compelling visual record of individuals and groups within the multi-cultural place that was British Columbia during its formative moment. They inspire in us questions and an impulse to tell the stories that answer them. Curated by Grace Eiko Thomson.

Shojo Manga! Girl Power!
Girl comics from Japan

September 19 – November 9, 2007

Shojo Manga! Girl Power! is an internationally acclaimed exhibition of more than 200 artworks from 23 artists who have contributed to the phenomenon of modern manga in Japan. The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to be the final venue for the exhibition’s successful tour of North America and the last chance for Canadians to see these superb examples of graphic art before the show heads to Japan. Designed by curator Dr. Masami Toku to raise issues of gender and representation, the exhibition explores the power of women’s aspirations and dreams in contemporary Japanese culture. From its start in post-war era Japan as inexpensive youth entertainment influenced by American comics and Disney animation, to the current immense popularity of manga worldwide, this show traces the history of a medium at the intersection of evolving social roles and innovation in Japanese aesthetics.

Shojo Manga! Girl Power! is curated by Dr. Masami Toku, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico.

More info about the exhibition www.csuchico.edu/~mtoku/vc/Exhibitions/girlsmangaka/girlsmangaka_index.html

A Dream of Riches

July 28 to September 8, 2007

From the exhibition “The Japanese Canadians 1877-1977,” the Japanese Canadian National Museum presents images of a hundred years of history recovered by the Japanese Canadian Centennial project participants along with their reflections today.

Summoned by Michiko Sakata in 1976 with the words “photograph, history, exhibit,” a group organized themselves to make something new. From their research gathering material together for the first time, the experience of a people was told.

The Japanese Canadians 1877-1977, like a mirror image suddenly revealed whole, recovered Nikkei (Japanese heritage) memory of a hundred years. Now, in 2007, three decades after the event marking this celebration, we return with the centennial participants to look again at this moment of discovery, growth and pride.

Japanese Canadian National Museum presents photographs and stories of creating the exhibition and publication A Dream of Riches. We hope this show will recapture some of the feeling of the era: families and communities coming together, seeking roots, to recover and address the past in a spirit of reinvention.

The exhibition presents the original exhibit photographs and textual quotations along with recollections, archival material and artifacts.

In Pursuit of a Quiet Art
An exhibition of sculpture by Judy Nakagawa

June 22 – July 21, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 7pm
Opening reception featuring dance performance by Carolyn Chan of Kokoro Dance.

Friday, June 29, 3pm
Japanese traditional dance by Nishikawa-ryu and gallery tour with the artist.
With hand-formed paper, wood, wire and other media, Nakagawa creates dramatic arrays evocative of nature, a meditation on the ephemeral.
Judy Nakagawa

Judy Nakagawa spent the first 20 years of her career working as a writer/ consultant in international development and business. After developing double vision, she began studying sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art + Design (Washington, D.C.) in 1998 as a form of visual therapy. Her work reflects the influence of her instructors, notably Genna Watson, Lynden Cline and Lynn Sures. In 2002, she received an award for achievement in sculpture by the Corcoran.

She was a member of the Jackson Art Center in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) and served on the Corcoran Alumni Steering Committee, which was involved in organizing a joint Corcoran/Emily Carr alumni exhibit at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, called About Time.

She moved to Vancouver in 2004.

A Measured Act
An exhibition of work by Norman Takeuchi

Curated by Maureen Korp
Closing Friday June 8
Opening reception Saturday, May 12, 4pm

Takeuchi’s drawings and paper assemblages share a personal view, seen through sansei (third generation Japanese Canadian) eyes, into the internment of Japanese Canadians.

Generously supported by the Province of British Columbia

A Journey of Japanese Canadian Fishing Families

January 9 – April 28, 2007
This exhibition traces families in the fishing industry as they built communities in Canada, and faced increasing racism as they flourished. Up and down British Columbia’s coast Japanese immigrants revolutionized the fishing industry. They also built homes, schools and places of worship. Uprooted will chronicle the building and rebuilding of community through personal histories, images and artifacts presented in an exhibit space evocative of a cannery town. This exhibition is on loan from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Sea, Stealth, and Suzuko
Suian Maru Centennial Exhibition

October 13 – December 16, 2006
Opening Reception, October 13, 2006, 6-8pm

This exhibition marks the daring 1906 Suian Maru voyage of Japanese immigrants to the Fraser River.

In autumn 1906, spurred to escape hardship and famine in Japan by a dream of abundant natural riches in Canada, the legendary Jinsaburo Oikawa led 82 men and women on a voyage across the Pacific. They came on a three-mast schooner Suian Maru to build a prosperous community on Don and Lion Islands and the nearby area on the Fraser River that endured until 1942.

In October 2006, these daring immigrants, their perseverance and legacy will be remembered in a series of Suian Maru centennial celebration events including this exhibition at the Japanese Canadian National Museum. The show will feature rare Oikawa Family treasured artifacts and photographs donated by Oikawa’s great-grandchildren in Japan, complemented by material and stories from the descendents of those who came with him.

The Japanese Canadian National Museum gratefully acknowledges all the contributors and supporters of the exhibition, and invites everyone to visit the show.

Levelling the Playing Field: Legacy of Vancouver’s Asahi Baseball Team

October 29, 2005 – September 2, 2006

From 1914 to 1941 this talented team of Japanese Canadian baseball players competed and won in the Vancouver senior leagues, instilling enormous pride in a community faced with racial prejudice and inequality. The Asahis played baseball like no others, and they were the only ethnic Asian team in the league. Barely five feet tall, “dancing shortstop” Roy Yamamura was incomparable racing around the bases to steal the opposition blind. Third baseman Sally Nakamura was “home run king” while catcher Reggie Yasui could bunt wherever he wanted, like most of the Asahis. Long before Little League, coach Harry Miyasaki created three tiers of junior teams to nurture talent for the Asahi brand of brain ball. This club could win without a hit. They were legendary, and they had a dream.

The team began as an athletic club of young men in 1914. After several years’ transformation into a formidable team of disciplined players, the Asahis travelled to Japan in 1921 to play the professional Tokyo Giants. According to William Humber, author of Cheering for the Home Team: The Story of Baseball in Canada, by the late 1920s the Asahis were “the top gate attraction on the coast” and they joined the prestigious Vancouver city league at Athletic Park. Cheered for their brilliant strategies in fielding and pitching as well as their well-practiced bunting and stealing bases, they were the first Asian Canadian team to win the Terminal League championship in 1926 and they would win it again and again. The Asahi dynasty was unbeatable, and went on to claim five Pacific Northwest championships in a row. Their days in the limelight came to a halt December 8, 1941.

Confined in internment camps during the Second World War, the disbanded Asahi members began forming baseball teams in the British Columbia interior. They helped communities overcome bitterness and forged friendships with local residents. When they were again relocated at the end of the war, many moved east to Ontario and Quebec to live and work, but continued to coach younger generations where their legacy lives on.

On June 28, 2003, the Asahi baseball team was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. On April 28, 2005 the team was inducted in their hometown B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Now the Japanese Canadian National Museum presents this new touring exhibition Levelling the Playing Field, curated by Grace Eiko Thomson.

Levelling the Playing Field draws on in-depth original research into the Asahis and their era. The exhibition focuses on the stories of Japanese Canadians from the early years of the community in the Powell Street district of Vancouver’s Nihonmachi (Japanese Town) until 1942. Personal voices and experiences of the Asahi team members, their families and fans will be featured. There will be period reports from not only the Vancouver Sun, Daily Province, and News Herald, but also the Tairiku Nippo and the New Canadian to vividly recreate in context a feeling of the life and times of this proud team. The show will relive the great moments and struggles of the champion Asahis with rare artifacts, photographs, histories, statistics, and baseball trivia specially gathered for this show. The exhibition will present material in three languages – English, Japanese and French – and is slated to travel for a cross-Canada tour to several museum venues.

The exhibition is generously supported by Canadian Heritage – Museums Assistance Program, the National Association of Japanese Canadians, the Vancouver Foundation, The Hamber Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, The McLean Foundation, G&F Financial Group, Pacific Coach Lines Ltd., and numerous individual donors.

On Saturday, October 29, the museum will host a Family Afternoon from 3 to 5 PM with fun children’s games and family activities focusing on the exhibition, baseball and the Vancouver Asahi. In the evening of Saturday, October 29, at 7 PM, the museum will host a Panel Discussion on Asahi Baseball in Vancouver’s Powell Street Community, with Asahi author Pat Adachi, historian Midge Ayukawa, Asahi fan and journalist Frank Moritsugu, and other special guests.

Re-shaping Memory, Owning History
Through the Lens of Japanese Canadian Redress

The Japanese Canadian National Museum’s inaugural exhibition opened to the large crowds on September 22, 2000. After a successful tour to venues across Canada, the exhibition now returns to the Japanese Canadian National Museum gallery until 2005.

The exhibition examines Japanese Canadian history through the experience of the redress achievement. The acknowledgement of injustice by the government of Canada produced a reawakening of confidence for all Japanese Canadians – a feeling of lives well spent. The exhibition uses layers of voices (including photographs and texts, oral history interviews, books, personal letters and diaries, newspapers and government documents) and also artifacts to re-examine the Japanese Canadian community’s past, which remained trapped in memory and silence of many years after the Second World War.