plant2 Documenting the west coast Nikkei experience [and beyond] from the viewpoint of a hapa Nikkei graphic designer, editor, photographer, taiko player & teacher.


Japanese Garden Grand Reopening Ceremony

Japanese Garden in Esquimalt Gorge Park

Gorge Park is located on the Gorge Waterway in historic Esquimalt, British Columbia. When the park was developed more than 100 years ago, a key attraction was the establishment of North America’s first Japanese Gardens. The Garden was originally designed by Isaburo Kishida in 1907. The Takata family [...]

A Canadian Nikkei in New Denver

Nikkei INternment Memorial Centre, New Denver, BC

Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, New Denver, BC

Talk about culture shock. Several weeks after returning from Japan, Amy, the girls and I jumped into our new Mazda5 (with roof rack and carrier added at the last second to accommodate all the gear the four of us need when “roughing it”) and headed for the Kootenays to visit my mum and sister (et al) and do some long-overdue camping. I had driven out to Nelson a number of times over the past year when my father was in the processing of dying but this was the first time in some years that the whole family had made the trek east along Highway 3.

Inevitably, the road trip turned into a mini-history lesson for Emiko and Kaya as they are finally at an age (15 & 13 respectively) where they can conceptualize history and their relationship to it. In Japan they got a taste of their Japanese roots (more about that next month) but on this trip they were able to experience a different part of their heritage as we followed the dispersal route that Japanese Canadians took on their exodus from the coast.

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Daily Life in the Japanese Canadian Community

A Photo Exhibition Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Japan

March 23 (Mon.) – April 4 (Sat.) Pendulum Gallery HSBC Building, 885 West Georgia, Vancouver, V6C3E

Opening Hours:  Mon-Wed: 9:00-17:00/ Thurs, Fri: 9:00-21:00/ Sat: 9:00-17:00

Reception: March 26 (Thu.) 18:00-20:00 at Pendulum Gallery

Admission Free

The first Japanese [...]


By France Benoit, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Did you or somebody you know work in the 1940s at Gros Cap on Devil’s Channel on Great Slave Lake near Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories? If so, I would love to hear from you!

I am doing research on a documentary on commercial fishing on Great Slave [...]

Feel-good Piece from Maple Ridge News

Bulletin reader and contributor Catherine Yasui sent in this article in the Maple Ridge News that deals with the accidental discovery of Japanese pottery on a Whonnock property and its return to the rightful owners. It’s a nice piece.


There were remnants of bamboo [...]

New Nikkei Site Online

A new Nikkei website has been launched. Sedai, the Japanese Canadian Legacy Project operates as a special committee of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in collaboration with its Heritage initiatives and reports directly to the JCCC board of directors. It is a bit thin on content at the moment but looks promising . [...]

Powell Street: A Community with a Past

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

National Nikkei Heritage Centre 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling), Burnaby Tel. 604.777.7000 | |

The City of Vancouver is in the process of [...]

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