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 or 604.777.2122

Our First Monthly Giving Mingle!

By Elina Wakabayashi, NPF Monthly Giving Co-Ordinator

On Saturday, April 11th, we held our first ever Nikkei Place Foundation Monthly Giving Club Appreciation Mingle! It was an exciting chance for us to reunite with some familiar faces in the community as well as happily welcome new faces to Nikkei Place. Monthly Giving is a different form of giving back to the community and is suitable for any age — thank you all for the support and heart for Nikkei Place! Continue reading


30名以上のボランティアやスタッフなど、昨年をはるかに越える総勢230名以上に集まっていただき、また、今回は、6社(名)のスポンサーに支えられ、 イベントは、大盛況にて終了しました。イベントを共に作り上げて頂いた、スポンサーの皆様、ご寄付をお寄せくださった皆様、ご参加頂いた皆様、スタッフ や、ボランティアの方々に、日系プレース基金一同、深く感謝申し上げます。
イベントの後半は、NAV Chorus, 後藤キヨ氏, 若林えれなさん、木田もえちゃんによるクリスマスキャロルや、ピアノ演奏などのパフォーマンスが行われ、会場は、一段とクリスマスの雰囲気に包まれました。
NPFのスタッフで、イベント主催者のマエデ淳子のもとには、「すごく楽しかった。」「大きくなったら、ボランティアをしたい!」と、数人の子供たちから 嬉しい感想が届きました。 日系コミュニティの将来を担う子供たちに、楽しい時間を過ごしながら、日系コミュニティに関わっていく機会を創ることが、私ど もNPFスタッフが願っている1つなので、大変嬉しく思っております。
日系プレース基金の詳細につきましては、(604)777-2122にお電話いただくか、または、ウェブサイトnikkeiplace.orgでご覧にいただけます。 フェイスブックにも是非アクセスしてみてください。“いいね”をお待ちしております。

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The 2nd annual Nikkei Place Foundation Christmas Social presented by TD Canada Trust

On Saturday December 13th, we at Nikkei Place Foundation (NPF) hosted the second annual Nikkei Place Christmas Social presented by TD Canada Trust at Nikkei Centre.

It was a very successful event, with over 230 people participating! From children and their parents, to volunteers and staff, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the Christmas festivities and holiday cheer. We were also fortunate to have 6 sponsors that made this event possible. A huge thank you to all our sponsors, donors, participants, volunteers and staff who worked together to make this event a success, we couldn’t have done it without you!

This year, Santa made a special appearance to give children a present & snacks and took pictures with them! The children also enjoyed crafting such as making ornaments and writing letters to Santa and jumping in the bouncy castle!

The Gingerbread House Competition had 20 children participating and the winners were Kana Miling (11) and Alice & Adam Wejer (8 & 6). They all received a big prize and were full of smiles.

The second half of the event featured entertainment from NAV Chorus, Mr. Kiyo Goto, Elina Wakabayashi and Moe Kida. The Centre was wrapped in Christmas atmosphere remarkably.

Junko Mayede, NPF staff and event organizer received wonderful comments from several children: “I had a really great time!”, “I want to work as volunteer when I am older!” We at NPF are all pleased to hear these, as one of our goals is to help give children opportunities to build connections to the Japanese-Canadian community in a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere. We feel that children will play important roles in shaping the future of our community.

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For more information about Nikkei Place Foundation, other upcoming events, or volunteering please contact us at (604)777-2122 or visit our website

Check out some wonderful photos from the event:

4th Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, September 20, over 250 guests and volunteers joined together at Nikkei Centre to recognize the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, the Steveston Buddhist Temple and the JCCA Bulletin for the  Outstanding Community Service Award at the 4th Nikkei Place Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner presented by Canadian Tire. As well, David Suzuki was awarded the Nikkei Place Lifetime Achievement Award. Emceed by Justin Ault, owner of Hapa Izakaya and Nikkei Centre Board member, and Stephanie Florian, CTV Weathercaster, the evening was kicked off by Chibi Taiko performers Emiko Newman and Becky Jang. Guests were also treated to entertainment featuring Satsuki Kai led by Yoko Matsuno, hip hop dancing by Yoshi and a special performance by Moe Kida who was the winner of the children’s category of this year’s Nikkei’s Got Talent. The highlight of the evening was the speech made by David Suzuki where he talked very personally about his family upbringing. David Suzuki was joined by his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, some family members, and Dan Nomura and Paul Kariya – two former Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre Board members. The fundraising drive, “Answer the Call,” raised $84,000 of its $100,000 goal. Funds raised will be used to help purchase “Call Buttons” for Nikkei Home residents and to help maintain the beautiful Nikkei Garden. Nine year-old child performer, Moe Kida, donated back her $100 honorarium to help “Answer the Call.” Thanks, Moe! If you would like to make a gift, please contact Nikkei Place Foundation at 604.777.2122 or Thank you very much.

9th Annual Nikkei Classic Golf Tournament

On Friday, May 30th, the 9th Annual Nikkei Classic Golf Tournament will raise funds in support of programs and activities taking place at Nikkei Centre.

2014_NCGT-logoOn this day over 144 friends of the Japanese Canadian & Immigrant Community will join together to enjoy a round of golf and a banquet dinner at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby, BC. Please join us on this fun-filled day in support of a strong and vibrant community at Nikkei Place.

Be a part in helping us reach our goal to raise $30,000 to support the following programs and activities at Nikkei Place:

Archives and Collections: Thousands of items have been donated to the Japanese Canadian National Museum and are kept in our archive and collections division. All Canadians can enjoy artifacts that help preserve Japanese Canadian heritage. These help bridge the gap between past and future generations and help honour the efforts of our parents and grandparents. Preservation of Japanese Canadian heritage is important for future generations of Japanese Canadians wanting to know more about their past.

Educational Programs: Each year over 2,000 students and teachers from BC’s public school system come to the Nikkei Centre for a curriculum-based educational tour that educates them about the unique Japanese experience in Canada. Learning about other cultures and about social justice issues helps our future generations become stronger and more tolerant Canadians.

Cultural Programs: Nikkei Centre features several Japan-related programs such as Japanese Language Instruction, Martial Arts, Flower Arranging, Brush Stroke Painting, and more. These programs are critical for helping Japanese immigrants preserve their culture and Canadians interested in learning about Japanese culture.

For more information on these programs and research, visit us online at

Caring for Our Seniors – Iki Iki Seniors Program: Iki Iki is a day program that addresses an unspoken and hidden need to help seniors with dementia connect to their community and receive its social support. For seniors who may feel isolated, marginalized, stigmatized or discouraged from participating in regular community activities. Iki Iki is designed to improve quality of life for seniors with dementia so they are less isolated and feel engaged and involved in their community. The way it works is unique and powerful: healthcare workers are partnered with a senior and together they join regular seniors programming. This not only allows our seniors to stay connected with their community but it also provides training for instructors and other participants in how to care for seniors.

For more information on senior’s care, visit us online at

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NNMCC Christmas Members Social

On the morning of Saturday, December 14th, Nikkei Place Foundation (NPF) hosted the first Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) Member’s Christmas Social.

Over 120 people attended this free NNMCC Member’s event that included seniors from New Sakura-so and Nikkei Home, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) members, Gladstone Language School parents and children, volunteers and staff members.

After opening remarks from NPF Executive Director, Josh Coward, and NNMCC Executive Director, Roger Lemire, festivities began with refreshment and activities and the gingerbread house competition started.

The Gingerbread House Competition had over 20 children participating and the winner was Brian Asin. Special mention also goes to six other kids who participated: Kazuya Fukusaku, Lina Fukusaku, Mikane Matsumoto, Tomori Matsumoto

and Akari Kasagawa.

Other crafts were also available such as making Christmas cards and writing letters to Santa, all run by volunteers.

At 11:15 AM, guests were entertained by the Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church who sang Christmas Carols. Junko Mayede, NPF Executive Assistant and event organizer received many positive comments from guests: “I look forward to it again next year!,” “I was able to spend time with very warm feeling” and “To be honest, I was quite surprised as I did not expect it to be so extravagant!”

We were all very pleased to hear these comments because our goal was to create an event for our loyal participants that helped convey the feeling of Christmas to the special group of people who we have visiting Nikkei Place on a daily basis! Thank you all again for your support!









イベント後半の11時15分からは、バンクーバー日系人福音教会の皆様によるクリスマスキャロルで参加者は大いにクリスマス気分を楽しみました。 NPF事務局長補佐で今回のイベントの幹事マエデ淳子のもとには、「来年、また楽しみにしています!」、「とっても暖かい気持ちになる時間を過ごせました。」また、「正直、どんなものかな・・と思ったけど、来てびっくり! こんなに豪華だとは思っていませんでした。」など沢山の嬉しい感想が寄せられました。