Sunday Family Corner

Japanese Canadian Vegetables & Flowers Block Printmaking

Sunday, February 26, 12-4pm.

Free drop in program. Suitable for all ages. All materials supplied.

daikon72The Nikkei National Museum is thrilled to invite WePress to present print making vegetables and flowers.

Create your own haiku (3-line poetry) and blockprint celebrating a Japanese vegetable or flower, such as daikon (Japanese radish) and chrysanthemums. The block will be used to print cards with the haiku. Many of these plants were grown in Japanese Canadian (JC) family gardens before World War II, and then in incarceration camps in small gardens outside the makeshift shacks where JCs lived, or in larger plots of land established in the camps.

For those that are too young to make their own blocks, we will have pre-made blocks to use for printing so any age can come and make cards! Take home a piece of this JC history. We are also asking those that have stories of Japanese vegetables and flowers from their own experiences and families, to please bring them to share.

This workshop is also part of a series produced in collaboration with the Powell Street Festival Society and funded by Metro Vancouver.