#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 2006

Thursday, November 30, 7:00 PM
Japanese Canadian National Museum Speakers Series presents:
The Britannia Beach Japanese Canadian Community: Ongoing Research

Marilyn Robb writes:
“Two years ago I commenced research for a Memorial Register to honour the memory of those who died while working and living at Britannia Beach and Britannia Mines. Through this research I discovered that there had been a considerable Japanese Canadian population at Britannia – their presence and their contributions to the community forgotten. Many have passed away but a few have been located. They have been most generous in sharing their memories with me. These memories, coupled with research into individual family histories, are helping to bring them the long overdue recognition that they deserve. Britannia was forever changed not only because they are gone but more importantly because they were there.”

Born and raised in Britannia Beach, Marilyn Robb knew little about its pre-war Japanese Canadian community, some of whom had been her parents’ playmates. Volunteer work at the BC Museum of Mining sparked Marilyn’s interest in this community’s history, and brought her to the Japanese Canadian National Museum as part of her research. Join us to hear Marilyn share what she has learned. A special invitation goes out to former residents of Britannia Beach, or their descendants – please come and share your stories as well.

Admission is free.
Light refreshments will be served.

First annual Powell Grounds Ball Game
Tribute to the Vancouver Asahi
Monday August 7, 2006, 11am
Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

As part of this year’s Powell Street Festival, a ball game will take place to celebrate the Vancouver Asahi baseball team’s legacy.

This will be a physical and fun opportunity for communities and baseball fans to celebrate and learn about the Asahi baseball team on the field where they once played.

This is a free public event. Youth, adults, seniors and families are all welcome! Refreshments will be available. Please bring your own lawn chair.

We want Asahi fans and all baseball enthusiasts to play or come see the game. Pre-registration is required for players.

Please contact the Japanese Canadian National Museum for more information or if you would like to register to play.

Japanese Canadian National Museum
Speakers Series presents:

Katsubenshi: Two Silent Films Narrated by Koyata Aso
Saturday, July 15, 2006 2:00 p.m.
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre
6688 Southoaks Cres. (Kingsway & Sperling), Burnaby
Free Admission

Katsubenshi is the exciting Japanese language tradition of silent film narration. The art of katsuben developed in early 20th century Japan, as costumed benshi narrators on platforms at the front of the theatre voiced the action unfolding on screen.

The Japanese Canadian National Museum presents Koyata Aso, a prominent young silent film narrator from Japan. Following in the footsteps of her father, veteran benshi narrator Yata Aso, Koyata Aso is now in her early 20s and has been performing katsubenshi for over ten years.

Join us for the screening of two short films: “The Adventurer” (20 min.), produced by Charlie Chaplin, and an excerpt from the Japanese yakuza period drama “Kunisada Chuji” (5 min.), starring Sawada Shojiro.

Bring the whole family to enjoy this fascinating performance, and be prepared to join in the narration!

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

“Watching her narrate Charlie Chaplin’s 1927 film “The Adventurer” … is an adventure in itself. She shouts at the top of her lungs; she puts her face through wild contortions; she jumps up and down. It’s difficult to imagine this teenager was ever shy … .” — Asahi Shimbun

Japanese website: http://www.katsuben.com/

English article from Asahi Shimbun: http://www.asahi.com/english/lifestyle/TKY200503050140.html

Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 PM
Japanese Canadian National Museum Speakers Series presents:
Book Launch – History of Haney Nokai
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre

Join us to celebrate the launch of the English language translation of the History of Haney Nokai – a history of the Haney Japanese Canadian farmers’ association. Translated into English by William T. Hashizume, the original Japanese language Haney Nokai Shi was published in 1963 by a committee of former Haney Nokai members including Yasutaro Yamaga. Mr. Hashizume will speak about the development of the publication, the English translation project, and the history of the Haney Nokai. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Hakuzan KuboJapanese Canadian National Museum
Speakers Series and Pangaea Arts present:

Hakuzan Kubo, Noh Maskmaker
Thursday, May 4, 2006 7:00 PM
Seize this rare opportunity to hear Japanese Noh maskmaker Hakuzan Kubo speak about the history and techniques of Noh maskmaking. He will use a selection of his own masks to illustrate different characters and maskmaking techniques. Kubo and Noh theatre master Akira Matsui are working with Vancouver’s Pangaea Arts to present the Canadian Noh play, The Gull, written by acclaimed BC poet Daphne Marlatt. The Gull speaks of the experience of Japanese Canadians returning to Steveston after the internment years.

Noh MaskAn artist from Wakayama prefecture, Hakuzan Kubo was a student of legendary Noh maskmaker Setsu Ikkan. After the death of his teacher Ikkan, Kubo became the head representative of the Noh Mask Cultural Association and the head teacher of the Kita Midou Noh Mask Making School.

Noh is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century, unique in its slow, spartan grace and its use of distinctive masks. When used by a skilled actor, Noh masks have the ability to depict different emotional expressions according to head pose and lighting.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Seating is limited, so please call the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre at 604-777-7000 to reserve.

Images of Internment: 1942-1946 Exhibit
May 19-26, 2006

An exhibit of paintings of New Denver during the internment years by Dr. Henry Shimizu at the National Nikkei Heritage Centre in Burnaby.

New Denver Painting 1New Denver Painting 2

Speakers Series presents: Memories of New Denver
Thursday, May 18, 7pm

Former residents of New Denver, BC are coming together at the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre for a celebration of their community and memories over the Victoria Weekend. Roy Yasui, Miho Steinberg, Henry Shimizu and other former New Denver residents will lead off a night of memories and reminiscences about life in New Denver, and also the stories of former residents who moved on to other parts of Canada and other parts of the world. Please come and share your own stories and memories. Addmission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 19, 7pm

Join us for a nostalgic trip back in time with former Rosebery/New Denverites at the opening reception with a program of music and speakers sharing their experiences, followed by light refreshments. The artist will be in attendance.

Baseball Movie Afternoon
Saturday, March 18, 2006 1-5pm

Join us for an afternoon of baseball movies. The afternoon will feature fun family oriented baseball movies as well as the award winning documentary Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story. You will have time between screenings to view the ASAHI baseball exhibition currently on display in the gallery. Admission and snacks are by donation.

2nd annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day
Saturday, February 11, 2006, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
A family event where children can play with Japanese heritage games and toys. New activities related to the Asahi baseball exhibit will be introduced this year.