#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.

Touring exhibitions

Ansel Adams Calisthenics at Manzanar Relocation Centre, California, 1943. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Two Views
Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank

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. This exhibition showcases forty images of the Manzanar Relocation Centre taken by Ansel Adams in 1943, and 26 prints documenting the relocation in British Columbia by Leonard Frank in 1942.

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Touring venues
Fort Steele Heritage Town, January-April 2011
Nanaimo Museum, May – August 2011
Surrey Museum, September – October 2011
Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History, November 2011 – February 2012
Langham Cultural Centre, February – April 2012
Japanese Canadian Culture Centre, Toronto, April – July 14, 2012
Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, August – October, 2012
Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw, November 2012 – February 2013
Thunder Bay Museum, June – September 2013

Leonar Frank, Building K, Men's Dormitory, Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC, 1942

A Measured Act
An exhibition of work by Norman Takeuchi

Takeuchi’s drawings and paper assemblages share a personal view, seen through sansei (third generation Japanese Canadian) eyes, into the internment of Japanese Canadians. This show is an installation of five life-size paper kimono named after internment camps, and six charcoal drawings depicting objects from memories of the internment.

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Slocan 2006
Slocan 2006, paper, conté crayon, oil pastel, photo transfer, wood, 58″ x 52″

charcoal drawings
Charcoal drawings on paper. Each piece 12″ x 12″

Touring venues
University of Calgary at The Military Museums, December 7, 2011-June 3, 2012
Comox Valley Art Gallery, May 30-July 11, 2009
Leaf Rapids Exhibition Centre, February 2009

Japanese Canadian Studio Photography to 1942

This exhibit presents eighty photographs by Nikkei studio photographers in Cumberland, New Westminster, and Vancouver. These images depict diverse subjects and communities, including European, Chinese, African-American, and Japanese immigrants, both elites and labourers, representing almost fifty years of British Columbia history through the eyes of Japanese Canadians. A book catalogue accompanies this exhibition. Curated by Grace Eiko Thomson.

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Touring venues
Royal BC Museum, January 11- April 17, 2005
Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, April 21-June 22, 2005
Langley Centennial Museum, June 30-September 25, 2005
Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, October 5-November 15, 2005
Gendai Gallery, January 11-March 31, 2006
North Vancouver Museum, September 15-Dec 3, 2006
Cumberland Museum, December 2006-January 2007
Museum at Campbell River, February 1-April 19, 2007
Japanese Canadian National Museum, November 17, 2007-March 15, 2008
Evergree Cultural Centre, March 27-May 3, 2008
McCord Museum, May 29 – September 14, 2008
Leaf Rapids National Exhibit Centre, Oct 1- Nov 30, 2008
Langham Cultural Society, March-April, 2009

Toshiko Iwasa Tamura and Alice Smith Miller, n.d. Hayashi/Kitamura/Matsubuchi Studio, 1913 - 1932 Cumberland Museum & Archives C194.076