We raised over $60,000 to help Beat the Odds of dementia!

The 2017 NPF Golf Committee greatly appreciates your assistance in helping us raise over $60,000 for the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society (NSHCHS) on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby!

Funds raised help support and broaden the reach of the Nimi Nikkei Home’s aim of enhancing quality of life for seniors, caregivers, and families. Your generosity goes directly towards multiple initiatives, including day programs for seniors living with dementia, wellness and dementia education for families, exercise programs for older adults with mobility issues, and the construction of a dedicated seniors’ activity room, opening in early 2018.

Once again, we would also like to extend our thanks to Strand Properties Corporation, Bosa Properties, Self Storage Depot, Mr. Ken Yada and Family, Fujiya, ONNI Group, Interworld, the Keg Steakhouse + Bar, the Jack Gin Foundation and the LJB Foundation.

None of this would have been possible without our generous Sponsors, Donors, Golfers and Volunteers. Thanks to overwhelming response, our growing tournament sold out for the second year in a row! Please reserve your foursome for next year’s tournament to avoid disappointment. Stay tuned for our announcement and event date for 2018.

For some fantastic photos of the day’s events and a complete showcase of sponsors and donors click here!

An incredibly successful Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner in support of our ‘Nikkei Place: Feels Like Home’ initiative

On Saturday, September 24th, 2016 we celebrated and honoured four of our Nikkei community leaders at our Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner presented by Canadian Tire!

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and supported the event, and we hope you enjoyed the evening! Your support benefits Nikkei Place: Feels Like Home  our initiative to make Nikkei Place a second home for all to enjoy.

It was truly a night of inspiration, listening to the rich stories and accomplishments of our awardees. We feel thankful many of you came to celebrate with us as we honoured Dr. Akira Horii, Mr. Takeo Yamashiro, Ms. Yoko Matsuno and Mr. John Endo Greenaway for their immense service to the Nikkei Community and to Canada. This year also marked the first time we were able to award the Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary – congratulations once again to Beth Kamimura!

Thanks to the generosity of our community, together we were able to raise over $100,000 in a single evening before event expenses for our Feels Like Home initiative.

The Board of Directors and staff of Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre and Nikkei Place Foundation thank everyone — the awardees, guests, sponsors, donors, presenters and volunteers — for helping make this year’s Awards Dinner a remarkable success, and we hope to see everyone back again next year!

We invite you to view and share photos from the event with your friends below or connect with us on our facebook page!

Thank you once again for your support!

Photography by Manto Nakamura


Questions? Contact Nikkei Place Foundation at gifts@nikkeiplace.org or 604.777.2122

This April, See Top Rising Conductor Sensation Ken Hsieh!!!

Nikkei Place Foundations presents the Sakura Benefit Event. This is indeed a rare opportunity to experience the performance of Japanese recording star Kohmi Hirose, in an intimate concert setting. She will be accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 23-piece orchestra. Enjoy this unique performance of J-pop adapatations while dining on a special dinner set prepared by Vancouver’s own Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant.
For Ticket Inquiry: 
Nikkei Place Foundation
Tel: (604)-777-2122 or e-mail gifts@nikkeiplace.org
チケットのお問い合わせ:日系プレース基金(604)777-2122 または、gifts@nikkeiplace.orgまで。

Introducing: Ken Hsieh. Popular conductor in Vancouver amongst young audiences and leader of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. 

Born in Edmonton in 1980, Ken started learning piano at the age of 6 for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and by age 12, learned percussion instruments. He went on to study at the University of British Columbia (UBC), majoring in both piano and percussion, and later studied orchestral conducting for his post-graduate studies in Japan at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Senzoku Gakuen College Music Academy.

For 3 years (2004-2007) Ken served as a Residence Conductor/Assistant Conductor, and is now the music director and principal conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO). The orchestra he leads consists of young artists that aspire to become professional musicians in the future. With passion and encouragement, Ken provides these young artists the opportunity to perform in the same setting as a professional orchestra.

In 2005, Mr. Hsieh won the Heinz Unger Award in conducting and in 2006, the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting. To top things off, he also won the Medal of Merit Award from the Lions Club International for Outstanding Young Leadership.

Ken has collaborated with orchestras in Japan such as New Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Century Orchestra (now known as Japan Century Orchestra), Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has also been a guest conductor with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, France Lamoureux Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as worked alongside many other orchestras in Asia, Europe, and in North America. This summer, Ken will be performing at Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.

At the Sakura Benefit Event, Ken will be collaborating with the multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, and music producer, Kohmi Hirose aka “Winter Queen”.  The night will also include an amazing dinner provided by Tojo’s Restaurant’s very own Chef Tojo!

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy Ken Hsieh’s performance on this spectacular night in Vancouver at the Sakura Benefit Event!!

Stay tuned, as we will introduce more details about Vancouver’s own Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant, who will prepare a special dinner set at the event. Don’t miss out!