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 to strengthen, connect and invest in the future of the Nikkei community.

At the same time, the Foundation also acknowledges twenty year-old competitive judoka Dante St. Prix with the 2017-18 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary, and their host Chef Hidekazu Tojo in celebrating the 30th anniversary of his acclaimed restaurant Tojo’s.

Joy Kogawa is one of Canada’s most celebrated writers, and was influential in the Canadian Japanese Redress movement. She is best known for her novel “Obasan”, which chronicles Canada’s internment and persecution of its citizens of Japanese descent during World War II from the perspective of a thirty-six year old woman who recounts her experiences as a young child.

The evening’s agenda will include a silent auction with some wonderful items and experiences, fund-a-need, and live entertainment by Nikkei country musician Derral Moriyama. Please check for all updated information. A limited number of tickets to the gala are available. Contact the Nikkei Place Foundation office at 604-777-2122 or [email protected] for tickets and sponsorship information.

For media inquires, please contact:

Lindsay Hoy
Marketing & Communications Manager
[email protected]


About Nikkei Place Foundation

Nikkei Place Foundation is the charitable fundraising organization for the “Nikkei Place” Japanese Canadian community in Burnaby. We are the bridge that connects philanthropy with Nikkei history, arts, culture, community, and the care of seniors. Together with our partners, the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) and the Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society (NSHCHS), we work to build a strong and vibrant community that is shared with all.


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