#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 2009

Speaker Series
Dr. Mona Oikawa
Generations of the “Internment”
Tuesday, November 10, 7pm

Dr. Oikawa will discuss some of the challenges and processes of conducting research at the National Archives (Library and Archives of Canada) in Ottawa for individual, family and community histories of the “Internment.” The presentation will also address research conducted for Mona’s forthcoming book, Cartographies of Violence: Women, Memory, and the Subject(s) of the “Internment,” including insights from interviews conducted with Sansei and Yonsei daughters of women who were expelled from British Columbia in the 1940s.

Mona Oikawa is Associate Professor in the Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity Program at York University. Her book, Cartographies of Violence: Women, Memory, and the Subject(s) of the “Internment” is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. Her current research examines the relationship of Japanese Canadians to a history of colonialism in Canada. Mona is also a published poet. She has worked for over 30 years in community organizing, including her work with the NAJC in the redress movement.

Nikkei Family History Workshops
Thursday, October 15 & 29, 2009, 7-9pm
The October 29th workshop has been postponed to November 5th

Have you ever wanted to delve further into your family history? The Japanese Canadian National Museum is offering a series of two workshops to guide beginner, intermediate and advanced family historians to their next steps. Come to these workshops and benefit from the experience of researchers, historians and writers and apply it to your own personal research and record of family history.
Workshop facilitators are Ted Ohashi, co-author of the Tasaka family history book; Stan Fukawa, co-author of Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet and Nikkei Images editorial committee member and contributor; and Linda Reid, Archival Assistant at the Japanese Canadian National Museum research centre and an experienced researcher on her own family history.

$10 per workshop, pre-registration required, (604) 777-7000 ext.109

Workshop #1: Sharing & Networking
Thursday, October 15, 2009 7:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Presentations about family history, how-to’s, websites to explore, handouts to help organize.
  • How to write a book, article, do research
  • The importance of koseki, gravesite information, family albums, etc

Workshop #2: Discovering your next steps

Thursday, NOVEMBER 5th, 2009 7:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Compiling your family history research from the photos, websites, handouts resources you have so far.
  • Exploring possibilities for YOUR next steps and possible resources
  • Goal setting and follow up


Exhibition reception
Michael Tora Speier, “Broken Only at Sky” and Leslie Komori, “Lemon Creek Map Project”
Friday September 25, 6-8pm

Explore ideas of community memory and Japanese Canadian history through these two playful and interactive installations which invite moments of personal recollection.
All are welcome to attend.

Internment Memories Workshop
October 17, 2009 2-4pm
Co-facilitators: Emiko Kordyback and Leslie Komori

What you always wanted to know about internment but were afraid to ask! Many families have talked about their internment experiences. Some families have not shared much information. For those Sansei and Yonsei who have always wanted to know about their family history but did not know how to broach the topic, this workshop might be for you. Join an intergenerational dialogue about the war years where the adult children and grandchildren can ask questions and parents and grandparents may choose to share their histories. Participants will also have a chance to interact with the Lemon Creek Map Project, currently on display in the museum.

Participation is limited to 15 people. $10 per person; No charge for seniors. Contact 604.777.7000 ext.109


Koto Concert
Chikako Kanehisa
a benefit concert for the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre
Sunday, July 26, 2009, 3pm

Tickets $20 adults, $15 seniors & students, available at the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre.
Tel. 604.777.7000

Chikako Kanehisa from Japan will perform a concert to help raise funds for National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre. This will be a captivating concert with a special guest musician.


7月26 日(日)午後3時
チケット 大人$20、シニア・学生$15


The Art of Taiko with Kenny Endo – lecture/demonstration
Thursday, July 30, 2-4pm, 2009

Kenny Endo will perform and speak about the traditions of taiko as well as demonstrate his original work for this ancient instrument. He’ll explain about the instruments, show how taiko is learned and performance pieces are memorized. The historical and cultural context of taiko will be discussed. The odaiko (large drum), taiko set, tsuzumi, fue (bamboo flute) and various traditional percussion instruments will be featured.
Kenny has been performing, composing, and teaching taiko for 34 years. He spent ten years in Japan (1980-1990) and received his natori (stage name and license to teach) in hogaku hayashi (Japanese classical music). Kenny is currently based in Honolulu, Hawaii where he is artistic director of the Taiko Center of the Pacific (a taiko school). He travels extensively around the world sharing his art and original compositions often collaborating with prolific artists of various genre. Kenny has a special affinity for the Vancouver area as his mother was born in Steveston.
This lecture-demonstration is made possible by the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre and the Powell Street Festival.
Minimum donation of $10 per person. Please register by phone 604.777.7000 or email info@nikkeiplace.org


ホノルル在住のケニー・エンドウが独自の太鼓演奏を披露する。また大太鼓、鼓、笛やその他の打楽器についての説明や、どのように太鼓の楽曲を学び覚える か、太鼓の歴史と文化について語る。入場料$10以上のドネーション。ナショナル日系博物館・ヘリテージセンターで予約受付中。604.777.7000 | email info@nikkeiplace.org

Photo credit: Raymond Yuen
Photo credit: Raymond Yuen

Japanese Canadian National Museum and Carnegie Community Centre present
Fourth Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game at Woodland Park
Sunday, August 2, 2009 10:30am

WOODLAND PARK at 700 Woodland Drive (baseball diamond at southwest corner of McLean Drive and Adanac St)
Asahi fans and baseball enthusiasts have a chance to play a fun ball game as a tribute to the Vancouver Asahi. Sign up to play, or come watch the game. Youth, adults, seniors and families are all welcome to attend this free public event. Contact Nichola Ogiwara at jcnm@nikkeiplace.org|604.777.7000 ext.109

Japanese Canadian National Museum Speaker Series
Uncovering the Daily Lives of Japanese and Chinese Immigrants on Don and Lion Islands
by Doug Ross
Thursday, June 25, 2009, 7pm

air photo of Don and Lion Islands from 1932 showing all the buildings before they were torn down.

Don and Lion Islands are located along the South Arm of the Fraser River in Richmond, BC. Between 1885 and 1930, Lion Island was home to the Ewen Cannery, one of the largest salmon canning operations in the province. During the summer canning season it employed a multi-ethnic labour force housed in spatially segregated camps, including a two-story Chinese bunkhouse located adjacent to the canning complex. In 1901, a small community of Japanese fishermen and their families settled on adjacent Don Island and supplied salmon to the cannery until its closure in 1930, after which most residents moved to the mainland.

Archaeological excavations were conducted on the remains of the Chinese bunkhouse and the Japanese community in 2005 and 2006, as part of a PhD in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. The goal was to compare the daily lives of first generation Asian immigrants to Canada in terms of how they coped with life in a new and unfamiliar environment. Results indicate that both groups retained some elements of daily life from the homeland but adopted other habits common in local Canadian society, albeit in unique ways. Through contacts with family members back home, the lives of these immigrants reflected not only cultural tradition, but also dramatic economic and cultural changes occurring in China and Japan.

Doug Ross lives in Burnaby and has recently received his PhD in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University focusing on the lives of Chinese and Japanese immigrants on Don and Lion Islands.

Japanese Canadian National Museum and Herstory Cafe present
Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth-Century British Columbia
a talk by Dr. Michiko Midge Ayukawa
Friday May 15, 2009 at 7pm

JCNM 97/200 Japanese prospective brides on board a ship: location unknown, circa 1905.

Without the large influx of Japanese wives following the Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1907, permanent settlement of Japanese may not have taken place. These brave, enterprising and adventurous women laid the foundation of the society and molded the character of their Canadian-born children. Guest speaker Michiko Midge Ayukawa lives in Victoria, British Columbia and has published widely on Japanese Canadian history. Her most recent book is Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941, UBC Press 2008. A book signing follows the talk.

free admission and light refreshments.

National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre OPEN HOUSE
May 1-2

We are pleased to be presenting the first Open House in several years. Here is your chance to come out and tour the Centre and Museum, find out what we have to offer and how you can get involved, watch or take part in demonstrations of our programs, sign up to become a member or volunteer, and enjoy some entertainment and refreshments! This weekend will be fun for the whole family.

Saturday, May 2, 7pm-9:30pm

First Annual ART AUCTION FUNDRAISER – Saturday, May 2
As part of the Open House, the JCNM will be holding an art event to raise funds for the organization and promote the work of artists in the community. This showcase of Asian Canadian artists is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, especially with the addition of wine and cheese!

5th annual Jan Ken Pon! (Rock Paper Scissors) Family Games Day
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11am-2pm

Experience over twenty traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at the fifth 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.
This event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

2009年2月21日土曜日 午前11時~午後2時

第5回「じゃんけんぽん!家族ゲームの日」を開催します。日本の伝統的なおもちゃで遊んだり、おもちゃを自分で作ったり、家族みんなで楽しんでください。 だるま落とし、お手玉、カルタ、福笑い、紙すもう、てるてる坊主、ぶんぶんごまなど20種類以上の遊びを紹介します。ハイライトのじゃんけんぽんトーナメ ントでは商品も当たります。

March to December
Curator’s gallery talk
Saturday, February 7, 2009, 2pm

Cindy Mochizuki is an interdisciplinary artist and curator interested in examining the relationships between memory and history; and the ‘recovery’ and ‘revival’ of objects within archives and collections. She is a MFA graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s School For Contemporary Arts Interdisciplinary Arts Program. She has curated several screenings and programs in Vancouver with a special focus on collaborative interdisciplinary projects. Cindy’s artistic practice combines installation, performance, drawing and video/animation. She lives and works in Vancouver.

Lecture by Lyle Dick
Notable Vernacular Historians in Western Canada: Roy Ito, Katherine Hughes and Frank Gilbert Roe
Saturday, January 24, 2009, 2pm

Lyle Dick is the West Coast Historian with Parks Canada in Vancouver. He has authored 70 publications, including the books Muskox Land, awarded the Harold Adams Innis Prize for Canada’s best English-language book in the social sciences in 2003, and Farmers “Making Good,” co-awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Prize for the best book on the history of the prairie provinces in 1990. His interest in Roy Ito’s work as a historian developed through his research on the Japanese Canadian Soldiers of the First World War.