#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 2007

Preserving Family Photographs
Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 2pm
Friday, November 30, 2007, 7pm

Do you have a box of photographs at home, and wonder if anyone will ever be interested in them? Or have you been meaning to look through those photo albums you inherited from Mom/Dad/Great-Aunt Mabel? Or have you recently converted to digital photography and wonder what to do with your old prints and negatives, as well as your growing collection of digital image files? If you answered “Yes!” to any of the above, then come to this workshop presented by Reiko Tagami, Assistant Archivist at the Japanese Canadian National Museum. She will discuss proper care for historical photographs and digital images, and will also share practical ideas and tips for safe storage, organization, and display of photographs.

A reading of Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes by Terry Watada
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

A stunning novel about Vancouver’s Japanese-Canadian community in the first half of the 20th century. Free Admission/Refreshments Served. Presented by Arsenal Pulp Press and the Japanese Canadian National Museum.

Shashin reception
Saturday, November 24, 2007, 2-4pm

All are welcome to this free event. Curator Grace Eiko Thomson will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served and the exhibition catalogue will be available.

Shashin Gallery tour by curator Grace Eiko Thomson
Saturday, December 8, 2007, 2pm.

Saturday December 1, 2007 1:30pm AND
Sunday December 2, 2007 1:30pm
Nikkei Fishermen’s Book Launch

The Nikkei Fishermen’s book Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs will have two book launches. Saturday December 1st from 1:30pm till 3:30pm at Nikkei Place and December 2nd from 1:30 pm till 4:40 pm at the Steveston Buddhist Temple gymnasium. Books will be available for sale.

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 2pm
Manga Touch book launch

JCNM and Orca Book Publishers are please to launch Manga Touch by children’s book author Jacqueline Pearce. Find out what happens when a manga-loving Canadian girl goes on an exchange trip to Japan and what inspired the story.

Saturday, November 3, 2007, 1pm
Critical view of manga as an educational tool

Learn about the sociopolitical characteristics of manga as an educational tool in Japan, and discuss what kind of influences manga/anime/cartoons have on viewers. Yuuki Hirano will present this from a critical viewpoint with examples from Japan and North America and will lead a group discussion.

Saturday, November 3, 2007, 3pm
Animation workshop and screening

Join us for a workshop by internationally award winning animator and filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns and a screening of his short animated movies including ‘What Are You Anyways?’ Please register to attend workshop. Registration fee $5. Suited for children and youth.

Shojo Manga! Girl Power!
Gallery Tour by Curator Dr. Masami Toku
Friday, September 21, 2007, 2pm
Admission by donation.
Dr. Masami Toku is an associate professor of art education at California State University, Chico. She is the general director of the worldwide project Shojo Manga! Grils’ Power! supported by the Japan Foundation. Her research interest is the cross-cultural study of children’s artistic and aesthetic developments in their pictorial world and how visual popular culture influences children’s visual literacy. She is a world traveler working internationally, especially in Asia, North, and South America. Her recent collaborative research project is a cross-cultural study of the relationship between art and children’s comprehensive ability in Japan and the United States, supported by the Ministry of Education and Science in Japan.

Shojo Manga! Girl Power!
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 7-9pm

This event is open and free to the public. Join us for a special opening talk by Dr. Masami Toku, Keiko Takemiya, and Yukari Fujimoto. Refreshments will be served, the exhibition catalogue will be available, and ‘To Terra’ by Keiko Takemiya and other manga books will be on sale.
In attendance:
Curator Dr. Masami Toku, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico.
Professor Keiko Takemiya, an internationally famous manga artist and scholar.
Writer Yukari Fujimoto, editor at Chikuma Shobo.

Please note the Centre for Japanese Research, UBC is hosting Manga Culture in Contemporary Japan: Takemiya Keiko Festival on September 20-21.

Redress Day Book Launch
Date: Saturday, September 22 2007
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and the Japanese Canadian National Museum, in conjunction with the University of Toronto Press, are pleased to announce the launch of a new book on Redress Day. Race, Racialization, and Antiracism in Canada and Beyond, published by the University of Toronto Press (2007), is an exploration of the subtler racisms embedded in public policies and broader cultural context in Canada and abroad. The editors, Genevieve Fuji Johnson (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University) and Randy Enomoto (past president of the NAJC), will be present.

At the turn of the century in the year 2000, the NAJC hosted a major conference in Vancouver called end racism! activism for the 21st century (era21). The eleven essays in the book are a distillation and honing of the more than 200 presentations at era21. They focus on the perpetuation of racism in media, employment, education, and other policy areas and social practices. The volume concludes by querying the limitations of antiracism while looking to images of societies that encompass individuality, overlapping identifications, and heterogeneity in human relations.

The launch will feature the showing of art by Tsuneko Kokubo, who designed the cover for the publication. Tsuneko Kokubo was born in Steveston BC and raised in Japan. Returning to Canada in her late teens, she studied Fine Arts for four years at Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr College). She has had numerous exhibitions, and has paintings in private collections in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the USA.

The artist will exhibit “Letters Detached,” which is a series of oil-on-board collages. The work combines spontaneous interpretations of the natural world with fragments of personal letters written in the flowing forms of Japanese calligraphy. The results are more abstract and conceptual than her usual impressionistic style of painting, containing references to the transience of messages, the disruption of cultures, and the fragility of experience.

Maki rolls and Japanese finger food will be served at the reception after the launch.

A Dream of Riches
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2007
Time: 2pm-4pm

Introduction to the exhibition
A game of gate ball on the lawn
Urasenke tea service in tatami room
Coffee and refreshments

2nd Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game
Monday, August 6, 2007, 11AM
Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

The Japanese Canadian National Museum and Carnegie Community Centre are once again organizing a ball game to celebrate the Vancouver Asahi baseball team. Asahi fans and baseball enthusiasts have a chance to play a fun game on the field where the Asahis once played. Sign up to play, or come watch the game. Youth, adults, seniors and families are all welcome to this free public event. Refreshments and limited seating will be available. View photos from this event.

Friday, June 29, 2007, 3pm
Japanese traditional dance by Nishikawa-ryu, followed by In Pursuit of a Quiet Art gallery tour with Judy Nakagawa. Everyone welcome. Free admission.

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 7pm
Opening reception, In Pursuit of a Quiet Art – An exhibition of sculpture by Judy Nakagawa. Featuring dance performance by Carolyn Chan of Kokoro Dance. Everyone welcome. Free admission.

Jan Ken Pon! (Rock Paper Scissors) Family Games Day
Saturday, February 10, 2007, 11am-2pm
Experience over twenty traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at the third annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day. Play with colourful tops and a Japanese style cup & ball, make your own sumo wrestlers and beanbags, and run around and burn off some energy. The highlight of the day is a rock-paper-scissors tournament with prizes. Old Japanese heritage toys will also be on display. This event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration admission fee before Feb 3 is $4 per child. Same-day admission $5. Accompanying adults free. Order your Japanese bento box lunch ($5 each) before Feb 3.