One of Canada’s most celebrated authors, Joy Kogawa, to receive the Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award at Charitable Gala in Vancouver

Burnaby, BC – Nikkei Place Foundation is proud to announce celebrated author Joy Kogawa will be honoured with the 2018 Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award at their spring fundraiser, the Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala, on Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at Tojo’s. The most rewarding part of this event is that it will support the Foundation and it’s Future Nikkei initiatives […]

An Evening to Remember: Community Awards Dinner 2017

Nikkei National Museum remembers the past and celebrates the present Thank you to everyone who joined us at Nikkei Place’s Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner presented by Canadian Tire on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017!        We recognized Kathy Shimizu for her outstanding community service, Katari Taiko for their cultural contributions, and Masako & Stan […]

Dr. Akira Horii: Presidents’ Award Recipient

Akira Horii’s parents had lived in BC since their arrival in the 1920s from Mirozu, a small fishing village in the Wakayama area of Japan. His father helped to build a thriving cod fishery and establish the first multi-ethnic fishing association, the BC Cod Fishermen’s Coop. The Horii family lived in Japantown, an area around Powell Street in Vancouver.

Takeo Yamashiro: Outstanding Community Service Award Recipient

Takeo Yamashiro was born in July of 1943 and is a registered survivor of the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. He began playing the shakuhachi in Kyoto, while in University. He was the last uchi deshi (live-in disciple) of master Kikusui Koku at the Shakado Temple, Kyoto where he received his shihan certificate and shakuhachi name “RENPU,” Lotus Wind.

Yoko Matsuno: Japanese Culture Award Recipient

Yoko Matsuno started taking lessons when she was 4 years old. She liked dancing so much that she decided to proceed with the intensive study to master the art form through the Nishikawa school of odori. In 1962, she received the her Natori (teaching name), Kayo Nishikawa. Mrs. Matsuno not only dances but also plays shamisen, a three-stringed instrument used for accompanying odori. In 1973 she became a certified shamisen player specializing in Nagauta (“long song”), and took another stage name Katsuyuya Kineya. In the same year she immigrated to Canada.

John Endo Greenaway: Japanese Canadian History Preservation & Education Award Recipient

John Endo Greenaway lived in the downtown east side for over 30 years (His parents co-founded Strathcona’s first housing co-op at Union St. and were involved in the 1970’s fight to stop the freeway). Now based in Port Moody, BC, in an interview he stated that “When my family moved to Vancouver when I was 10 we ended up in Strathcona in what may have been Vancouver’s first housing co-op on Union Street. That was where my mother — a second generation Japanese-Canadian — started to reconnect with her roots, which she had really lost contact with, and also how I became involved in helping to form Canada’s first Taiko group Katari Taiko, work on the Powell Street Festival and more. Amazingly, the Strathcona Community Centre used to let us use its space to practise three times a week for a number of years until they realized that nobody else could do anything else when we rehearsing because of the volume. ”