#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 2008

Book launch, book signing, author talk
by Dr. Henry Shimizu
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 3pm

As a young teenager, Henry Shimizu lived with his family in the internment camp at New Denver from 1942 to 1946. Later in life, now a retired surgeon in Edmonton, Dr. Shimizu reflected on those years with a group of his friends and became inspired to give a visual expression to his reflections. In 1999, he created a series of oil paintings based on his life in New Denver. Although the paintings have been exhibited in Edmonton and Vancouver, the images will now be available to a wider audience in book form. Each of the 27 pictures are reproduced on a full page, with a story on the facing page.
Some original paintings will be on display at the event and Dr. Shimizu will present a slide show and sign books.


ヘンリー・清水先生は1942年から46年までニュー・デンバーで収容所生活を送り、その記憶を基に1999年に油彩のシリーズを描いた。27作の風景画 はこの本の中でそれぞれ文章が添えられ紹介されている。イベントでは原画の展示、スライドショー、サイン会が行われます。本は英語で書かれている。

Speaker Series
From Dumpsite to Dragonflies
By Patricia Banning-Lover and John Lowman

Saturday, November 29, 2008, 2pm
An inspiring story of how Wild Bird Trust – a fledgling conservation organization – turned the former degraded industrial area at Maplewood Flats into the North Shore’s first wildlife sanctuary.
Patricia M. Banning-Lover co-founded WBT in 1993, was President for eight years and is now the Trust’s CEO. In 1997 she was presented with the federal Certificate of Environmental Citizenship by Environment Canada. Patricia has four grandchildren.
John Lowman took up bird photography in 2001 prompted by a series of encounters with spectacular predators like Osprey and Northern Pygmy-Owl in the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. Since that time he has worked in conjunction with Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia to document the wildlife residing in and passing through Maplewood, and create photographic art in the process.
Open to the public, free of charge.

Speaker Series
Two Cranes, Two Continents
By Roy Hamaguchi
Thursday, November 6, 2008, 7pm

Roy Hamaguchi will give a digital presentation on two species of cranes, the Sandhill Crane of North America and the Red-crowned Crane of Asia. As a species, they are the oldest living birds in the world. Come and witness their intimate behaviors as they struggle to raise a family and glimpse at some of their human-like antics.
Open to the public, free of charge.

Red-crowned Crane, Hokkaido Japan, Feb 2008
Red-crowned Crane, Hokkaido Japan, Feb 2008

Bird watching walk at the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats
Saturday, Nov 8, 2008, 10am
Free guided tour. Trail is wheelchair accessible but not washrooms. Please inquire at museum@nikkeiplace.org or 604.777.7000 ext.109.

Carving demonstration
By Richmond Carvers Society
Saturday, November 22, 2008, 2-4pm

Come see members of the Richmond Carvers Society demonstrate carving in a variety of styles. The Richmond Carvers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodcarving as a hobby and an art form. Starting in 1988, the Society has grown to become one of the largest in the area with a membership of 60 carving enthusiasts.
Open to the public, free of charge.

Enchantment of Genji:
Music Inspired by Poems from The Tale of Genji

Saturday, October 25, 2008, 2pm

Featuring Alcvin Takegawa Ramos on shakuhachi and biwa and Satomi Saeki on koto. With poems chanted in English and original Japanese by Jan Walls and Maiko Behr.
Masters of traditional Japanese music, Ramos and Saeki offer moving new musical interpretations of the classic poetry of The Tale of Genji. Recitations of selected poems from the tale in both English and the original Japanese will provide inspirational links between their renderings of the themes of love, the seasons, solitude, and impermanence perfectly suited to the haunting sounds of shakuhachi, biwa, and koto.
This program is presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Arts and UBC Museum of Anthropology with the support of the UBC Centre for Japanese Research and the Japanese Canadian National Museum.
For more information, see www.canadiansocietyforasianarts.org or call 604-689-2755.

Bird watching walk at Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Sunday, October 26, 2008, 10am
Guided tour. $4 at the gate. Please inquire at museum@nikkeiplace.org or 604.777.7000 ext.109.

WILD BIRDS exhibition reception
Thursday, October 9, 2008, 7pm

Open to the public, free of charge.

Speaker Series
Rio Imamura “Dear Miss Breed”
Saturday, August 9, 2008, 2-3pm

Translator Rio Imamura from Japan presents the Japanese translation of Dear Miss Breed written by Joanne Oppenheimer. Dear Miss Breed is a non-fiction story of Clara Breed, a San Diego City children’s librarian who befriended Japanese American children through her work and when these children were sent to the concentration camps at the breakout of WWII, she saw them off at the station handing out self-stamped postcards by promising books wherever their destinations might be. The children wrote back to Miss Breed from the camp, thanking her for books and, at the same time, reporting their camp lives and thoughts. The presentation will be in English.

Third Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game
Monday, August 4, 2008 11am
Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

Asahi fans and baseball enthusiasts have a chance to play a fun ball 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 attend this free public event. Refreshments and limited seating will be available.

Storigami/Origami Time Workshop
Saturday, July 19, 2008, 1-2pm

For families ages 6 to adult. Free. Pre-registration is advised. Come and learn to create origami pieces step-by-step and through STORIGAMI, a form of storytelling that uses paper folding. Featuring origami storyteller Yukiko Tosa and origami artist Lisa David, members of PALM (Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland).

Origami talk by Joseph Wu
‘Origami: The State of the Art’
Saturday, July 19, 2008, 3-4pm

For adults and teens. Free.
Origami artist Joseph Wu discusses the recent development of origami from children’s pastime into fine art. Examples of modern origami art will be shown.

Asahi: Canadian Baseball Legends
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 7-9pm

Celebrate the launch of a new online exhibition Asahi: Canadian Baseball Legends with former Asahi player Kaye Kaminishi. Hear about how this online exhibition was developed and experience the Asahi story through stories, images, sound bites and film on a large screen. A formal program and introduction to the website will be followed by a baseball theme reception with fun activities for all ages.

This online exhibit was developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) at virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Andrea Geiger
Racializing the Far Corners of Empire: Japanese Immigrant Challenges to B.C.’s Efforts to Pass a Natal Act, 1898-1908.
Thursday, July 10, 2008, 7pm

Dr. Andrea Geiger will present a talk, which was presented at the British World Conference in 2007, about successful Japanese immigrant efforts to challenge the Natal Acts by forcing the issue in courts. Dr. Geiger is assistant professor of history at Simon Fraser University. She holds a PhD in history, an MA in history and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington, and a BA in Japanese language and literature from Edison State College. Her research interests focus on Trans-Pacific & borderlands history, race, migration, and legal history.

Koto concert by Chikako Kanehisa
Saturday, June 28, 2008, 3:00-4:30pm

Please join us for a Saturday afternoon koto concert by Chikako Kanehisa from Japan.

Born in Kyoto, Chikako Kanehisa began study of the koto at the age of 8. She is affiliated with the Miyagi school and has studied with Living National Treasure Hozan Yamamoto. Aside from performing traditional Japanese music, Kanehisa’s broad range of activities include collaborations with Western instruments and orchestras. Recently she has been active abroad performing in New Zealand, Bulgaria and USA. All are welcome but seating is limited. Please make reservations by emailing museum@nikkeiplace.org or phone 604.777.7000 ext.109. Admission by donation. Suggested donation $5.

Junkology Workshop
Friday, June 27, 2008, 3:30-4:30pm

Free. 6 to 12 years old. Must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is advised. Oliver Samonte, known as “Dr. Recycle”, presents a recycling workshop for children. Children will be inspired by imaginative projects using reusable and recyclable materials. Please bring your own recyclable materials if possible.

  • Cereal boxes
  • Two 4 liter plastic milk containers
  • Plastic containers such as yogurt containers. Any size, more the better.

The Life of Paper
Exhibition reception
Saturday, June 21, 2008, 2-4pm
All ages are welcome.

Origami demonstration by Joseph Wu
Friday, June 20, 2008, all day demonstration starting at 10am

Come see origami artist Joseph Wu create a large scale origami which will become part of the exhibition. A chance to witness the master at work and ask questions.

Japanese Canadian National Museum Speaker Series presents
Powell Street: A Community with a Past
A Presentation by Dr. Audrey Kobayashi
Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 7:30pm.

The City of Vancouver is in the process of conducting a historical and cultural review of Vancouver’s Japantown. The Museum is inviting Dr. Audrey Kobayashi to present a talk about Powell Street’s history and community to generate awareness and greater understanding of the area’s components. Planning and preservation perspectives will be presented and the talk will be illustrated by many pictures. Dr. Kobayashi is a Professor of Geography at Queens University and is the author of Memories of Our Past: a brief history and walking tour of Powell Street. Free admission

JCNM and UBC Press co-present a book launch, book signing and author talk
Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941 by Michiko Midge Ayukawa
The Triumph of Citizenship, The Japanese and Chinese in Canada, 1941-67 by Patricia E. Roy
Thursday, May 22, 2008. 7:00-9:00pm
Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941
is a fascinating investigation of Japanese migration to Canada prior to the Second World War. It makes Japanese-language scholarship on the subject available for the first time, and also draws on interviews, diaries, community histories, biographies, and the author’s own family history. Starting with the history of the feudal fiefs of Aki and Bingo, which were merged into Hiroshima prefecture, Ayukawa describes the political, economic, and social circumstances that precipitated emigration between 1891 and 1941. She then examines the lives and experiences of those migrants who settled in western Canada. Interviews with three generations of community members, as well as with those who never emigrated, supplement research on immigrant labour, the central role of women, and the challenges Canadian-born children faced as they navigated life between two cultures. Michiko Midge Ayukawa lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and has published widely on Japanese Canadian history.

The Triumph of Citizenship explains why Canada ignored the rights of Japanese Canadians and placed strict limits on Chinese immigration. In response, Japanese Canadians and their supporters in the human rights movement managed to halt “repatriation” to Japan, and Chinese Canadians successfully lobbied for the same rights as other Canadians to sponsor immigrants. The final triumph of citizenship came in 1967, when immigration regulations were overhauled and the last remnants of discrimination removed. The Triumph of Citizenship reminds all Canadians of the values and limits of their citizenship. Patricia E. Roy is a professor emerita of history at the University of Victoria and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Jan Ken Pon! (Rock Paper Scissors) Family Games Day
Saturday, February 23, 2008, 11am-2pm

Experience over twenty traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at the forth annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day presented by the Japanese Canadian National Museum. 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 fun prizes. Old Japanese heritage toys are on display from February 16 till 28th.

This event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets $5 per child. Advanced tickets before February 16, $4. Free for adults.
Pre-order your Japanese picnic lunch $5 before February 16th.