“I thought Taiken was one the most worthwhile field trip experiences I’ve had, and I would recommend the Nikkei Museum to any teacher.”  Carmen Wiseman – Connaught Heights School

TAIKEN Education

Experience the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre through our education programs! Explore museum exhibits and collections, meet Nikkei (Japanese Canadian) elders and artists, and learn about Japanese Canadian history, culture and arts.

Education Programs

TAIKEN Field Trip
Explore 100 years of Japanese Canadian history  and Culture. Meet a Nikkei community member, tour the educational exhibit, and participate in hands-on activities.
$8 per student / 120 min program

Nikkei Impressions
We visit your classroom! Our presenter shares stories of the Nikkei community in Canada pre- and post-war with archival resources at your school. In-class programs include a presentations and NNM facilitated activities.
$95 for 50 min program up to 35 students. Travel costs may apply.

Contact learning[at] to book an in-class visit. Inquire about extended duration and number of students.

Educator Resources

JOURNEYS Education Kit

A comprehensive multimedia guide to teaching about Japanese Canadian history and culture, with a focus on internment, redress, and regeneration all in one kit! Rent JOURNEYS for 3 weeks for your intermediate or senior class. You may pick up the kit or have it shipped to your school.
$40 for 3 week rental. Shipping cost may apply

Add-on the JOURNEYS Education Kit to the TAIKEN Field Trip or NIKKEI Impressions at a reduced rate of $30 for 3 week rental.

Available in the Museum Shop




Taiken: Japanese Canadians since 1877

Full Moon Lagoon. Free Study Guide available.

Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi

Naomi’s Road

Naomi’s Tree

The Reunion

A Child in Prison Camp


Online Resources

TAIKEN Education Series: Our Elders, Our Stories

NNM Online Exhibits

Nikkei Stories. Free Study Guide available.

Minoru: Memory of Exile, NFB. Free Study Guide available for NFB Members (free online membership).

Contact Us
For more information or to book, please contact Karah Goshinmon at learning[at] or 604.777.7000 (ex 110)


We are eternally grateful to our wonderful funders:

  • Telus Vancouver Community Board

  • Province of British Columbia – Embrace BC

  • Metro Vancouver

  • BMO

Domo arigato – Thank you!

These programs would not be possible without our volunteers and community partners: Asami Hopkins (NEKO Planetarium), Akira Horii, Bob Mooney & Family (Guseikai Karate), Canadian Fishing Company (Canfisco), Cloudscape ComicsIshikawa Family Judo Club, Joyce Oikawa, Juliet Ku, Kaz Takahashi, Mami Takatsuki, Nikkei Centre Auxiliary Committee, Nikkei Karate, Roy Uyeda, Tomoe Arts, Yoko & Tom Matsuno + members of Nishikawa-Ryu Satsuki-kai, Yoko Kurotani, and many more!

Would You Like to Volunteer with School Programs? The Museum is looking for volunteers of all ages interested in sharing their experience in Japanese culture or Japanese Canadian history. This includes artisans, martial artists, and educators. Field trips take place on weekdays. Volunteers participate as often as they choose. Come volunteer! It’s fun and rewarding to give back to the youth of the community!

To volunteer, contact Karah Goshinmon at 604.777.7000 ext 110 or learning[at]

For more information about volunteering with us, visit our Volunteer page and review the Education Department 2016 Volunteer Information.