Dear NNMCC patrons, members, volunteers, and friends:

We hope that you and your families are keeping healthy and connected. It is with immense gratitude that we share our thanks to all who have continued to support the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (NNMCC) through this challenging time. Here at the NNMCC, we continue to be guided by our mission:

to honour, preserve, and share Japanese culture and Japanese

Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the NNMCC had to temporarily close its doors on March 18, 2020, and a reduction in our services was necessary. We focused on conserving resources, and supplementing with online activity to reach beyond our walls. Staff transitioned to work remotely and on-site as needed, with health and safety precautions of the utmost importance, in order to continue to serve our community and society at large. On our website and social media channels, we have shared arts and cultural activities, educational materials for students and teachers, and enhanced our online shop to expand our selection of museum products and specialty books for purchase from home.

As the NNMCC prepares to reopen on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, I am reminded of this Japanese proverb:

The bamboo that bends, is stronger than the oak that resists. 

The strength, resilience, and perseverance of Japanese Canadians throughout history is a source of inspiration for us always, but especially this year, the 20th anniversary of the NNMCC at Nikkei Place, at a time of great uncertainty. Bamboo serves as a versatile resource in Japanese traditional and contemporary daily life. With its deep roots, the bamboo that bends will not break when facing adversity, but will bounce back to stand up tall. 

We look forward to welcoming you back safely to the NNMCC as we prepare and implement alternative activities to our regular events, programs, workshops, and ways of gathering. When you return to the NNMCC, we ask that you please take necessary precautions and follow guidelines and signage provided. 

Okaerinasai ~ welcome back


Karah Goshinmon Foster | Executive Director

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