Honouring Our People: Breaking the Silence

On three days in September 2009, families, friends, and survivors came together for the Honouring Our People: Stories of the Internment conference in Burnaby, BC. The conference paid tribute to the Japanese Canadians who experienced racism, alienation, betrayal, restrictions, uprooting and loss during and after WWII.

WWI Vetran Zennosuke Inouye Re-enactment

Join us for a special performance of moments from the life of Nikkei First World War veteran. 50 minute performance followed by talkback session with actor Kevin Takahide Lee** & Writer/Director Yvette Dudley-Neuman**.  Presented by the City of Surrey, Heritage Services.

J-Fest at Nikkei Centre: A Cosplay + Fandom Celebration

J-FEST was at Nikkei Centre was on March 7! It was a celebration of all things J-pop hosted by the Vancouver Anime Convention Society. J-Fest was a culmination of fandom for the love of favourite animes, mangas, games, and the like. I got to watch performers taiko drum, speak with local artists in the Artist Alley/Dealer […]


A Spring Festival O-Higan — March 21 was the first day of the Spring O-Higan, a 7-day festival to honour the spirits of our Japanese ancestors, and the time to give offerings. It is a holiday that is celebrated by nearly every Buddhist sect, with many special services usually observed in temples, both in Japan […]

POP! Japan

NEW TO NIKKEI LIFE: POP! JAPAN Nowhere in the world is pop culture more prevalent, eclectic & unique than in Japan 『ユニークな日本のポップカルチャーをちょっと覗いてみちゃう?』   Entertainment. Anime. Manga. Cosplay. Fashion.. and much more! From the fashion trends of Harajuku and Shibuya, to the kawaii (cute) culture of “deco den”, to the exciting stories of manga and anime, […]

Fostering the Foundations of Culture – Hapa Style

Justin and Lea Ault, owners of Hapa Izakaya, spent an afternoon talking to John Greenaway, Editor of The Bulletin, about the challenges of balancing life and work and the joys and challenges of raising two young daughters, Hana and Mio, while expanding their business to three restaurants to include Robson Street, Kitsilano and Yaletown. (full […]

The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani is a fiercely independent, 90-year-old Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. He survived the trauma and homelessness by creating art every day.