Family Day at Nikkei Centre

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Enjoy free admission to our gallery + other activities on Saturday, February 13, during the Family Day weekend!


Free Workshop: Mini Bonsai Making - FULL!

Presented by Seiji Nakayama, Green Works ENTEY

Nikkei Garden
Saturday, February 13, 2021
11am | 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm
Registration is required.

Relieve your stress and relax with a mini desktop/tabletop bonsai featuring Japanese Maple trees and moss!

  • This workshop is open to a limited number of participants to ensure safe physical distancing, and each session is comprised of up to 4 booths.
  • Up to 2 persons per booth. *Children 10 years and under must be accompanied by an adult from the same family.
  • Please respect all onsite directions and signage.
  • The workshop will take place in the garden, but please ensure you wear a mask. Wearing a mask is mandatory to participate in this workshop.
  • A pair of gloves will be provided for your extra safety if you wish.
  • All the tools will be sanitized before each use, and materials will be individually packaged.
  • Participants will get to choose a pot of their choice.

*This in-person workshop has been shifted to a virtual workshop. The information has been sent out to all the registered participants. For the tutorial, click here.

Hina Doll Display and more!

Lobby, 10am-5pm

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to take a photo with the stunning Japanese Hina dolls!
Learn about Girls' Day, a special celebration in Japan every March.

There will also be traditional Boys' Day, also known as Children’s Day, decorations in the lobby.


Photo: Manto Artworks

Broken Promises Exhibit

FREE Admission on Saturday, February 13, 2021
Gallery, 1st floor, 10am-5pm

Broken Promises explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s. Learn about life for Japanese Canadians in Canada before war, the administration of their lives during and after war ends, and how legacies of dispossession continue to this day.

Taiken: Japanese Canadians Since 1877 - Permanent Exhibit

2nd floor, 10am-5pm

Engage in the fascinating history of Japanese Canadians. Learn about the first arrivals in 1877, the hardships of the early pioneers, the struggles of the war years, and the need to rebuilding homes and businesses in the 1950s. Listen to the voices of many generations tell their story!

Museum Shop

1st floor, 10am-5pm

The Nikkei National Museum gift shop stocks a wide range of hand-picked items from local and international artists and craftspeople, including pottery, clothing, children's toys, origami and small gift items. We also carry the largest selection of Nikkei books in Western Canada, including history, fiction, and children's books.

Japanese Bookstore

2nd floor, 11am-3pm

Come and enjoy browsing an inventory of over 10,000 Japanese books. The collection includes over 5,000 manga books!


Please refer back to our website for the most up-to-date information.

All visitors and staff are required to wear a face mask and respect social distancing. If you feel ill or are experiencing a fever, cough or other symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. Click here to read our full Safety Plan.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.