#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 events 2005

Vancouver Opera In The Schools presents
Naomi’s Road
A new opera for young audiences about family, home and cross-cultural understanding
Composed by Ramona Luengen. Liberetto by Ann Hodges.
Based on Joy Kogawa’s novel Naomi’s Road with permission of the author.

In World War II, a nine-year-old Japanese Canadian girl confronts the harshness of the internment and discovers her own resilience of spirit. A visually evocative production filled with emotion, humour and soaring melodies. Experience the power of compassion as you join Naomi and her family on their journey from fear to hope.

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2005, 1:30pm
Location: National Nikkei Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby (Kingsway & Sperling)
Price: Youth $10, Adults $15. Festival seating.
Ticket sales: in person at the National Nikkei Heritage Centre after November 1, book by phone (604-777-7000), or at the door on the day of the event.

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 PM
Japanese Canadian National Museum Speakers Series presents:
Donna Yoshitake Wuest – Coldstream: The Ranch Where It All Began
National Nikkei Heritage Centre
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is proud to present the launch of the new publication, /Coldstream: The Ranch Where It All Began/ ($28.95. ISBN 1-55017-343-X). Author Donna Yoshitake Wuest will share her experiences chronicling the fascinating history of Coldstream Ranch, located on the outskirts of Vernon, BC. Wuest grew up on the ranch, which was home to a tight-knit Japanese Canadian community at the time. In addition to stories of Japanese Canadians at Coldstream Ranch, Wuest explores the role of the ranch in the history of the British Columbia orchard and cattle industries. Join us for exciting tales of life at one of the oldest continually operating ranches in Canada. Admission is free.

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

Media Preview October 28, 2005, 2 PM

Opening Reception October 28, 2005, 5-8 PM
Celebrate the launch of the new exhibition. Opening remarks by curator Grace Eiko Thomson & Asahi player Kaye Kaminishi. Music by Harry Aoki and friends. Light refreshments. No host bar. Free admission.

Family Afternoon October 29, 2005, 3-5 PM
A fun afternoon of children’s games, activities and crafts focusing on the exhibition, baseball and the Vancouver Asahi. Admission by donation.

Panel Discussion October 29, 2005, 7 PM
A public discussion about the 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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:05 PM
Vancouver Canadians Asahi Baseball Team Tribute
Nat Bailey Stadium located at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 7:00 PM
Shashin: Japanese Canadian Studio Photography to 1942 Book Launch
National Nikkei Heritage Centre, Large Activity Room 210
Contributors Phyllis Senese, Imogene Lim, Grace Eiko Thomson and Jim Wolf join special guest Bill Jeffries to launch the new publication Shashin: Japanese Canadian Studio Photography to 1942. Based on the Japanese Canadian National Museum’s touring exhibition of the same name, the book brings together rare photographs and insight into the work of Japanese Canadian studio photographers depicting the vibrant pre-war communities in Cumberland, Vancouver and New Westminster.
Free admission.

Friday, May 20, 7:00 PM
Book Launch – Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians in the Twentieth Century
National Nikkei Heritage Centre
The Japanese Canadian National Museum welcomes contributors Michiko Midge Ayukawa, Andrea Geiger-Adams, Masumi Izumi, and Patricia E. Roy to the Vancouver launch of this exciting and ground-breaking publication edited by Louis Fiset and Gail M. Nomura.
Challenging the notion that Nikkei individuals before and during World War II were helpless pawns manipulated by forces beyond their control, the diverse essays in this rich collection focus on the theme of resistance within Japanese American and Japanese Canadian communities to twentieth-century political, cultural, and legal discrimination. They illustrate how Nikkei groups were mobilized to fight discrimination through assertive legal challenges, community participation, skilful print publicity, and political and economic organization. Comprised of all-new and original research, this is the first anthology to highlight the contributions and histories of Nikkei within the entire Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia.

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 PM
Japanese Canadian National Museum Speakers Series presents:
New Denver Nikkei Becomes Missionary in Brazil and Japan

National Nikkei Heritage Centre
Anne Uchida McVety will speak about her life as a Missionary in the jungles of Brazil, where she spent 27 years of her life, from 1964 to 1991, ministering to the spiritual needs of many of the Nikkei immigrants in the Amazon valley. In 1991, she followed the “reverse migrants” – the Brazilian Nikkei who went to an industrialized Japan to seek more lucrative jobs in the factories – to assist them in their adjustment to the homeland of their parents and grandparents.

1st annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day
Saturday, March 26, 2005, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
A family event where children can play with Japanese heritage games and toys. Run around and burn off some energy or learn about and play with traditional Japanese heritage games and toys. Join us and try your hand at old-fashioned relay races, play with paper balloons and a Japanese style cup & ball, or make your own sumo wrestlers and beanbags. The highlight of the day is a rock-scissor-paper tournament with prizes. Old Japanese heritage toys will also be on display.