Family Day at Nikkei Centre

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Enjoy free admission to our gallery + family-friendly activities on Saturday, February 19!


Tsumami Zaiku Workshop | つまみ細工ワークショップ

Learn the traditional Japanese craft of Tsumami Zaiku with Fumiko Horan, where you will make flowers using small square-cut pieces of cloth!

11am-12pm | 2pm-3pm

2F | Matsu Room

Advanced registration required. Click HERE to register. One adult and one child per registration. *One spot is for one child and an accompanying adult, single or two friends. Each Participant is allowed to sign up for one spot.



Cookie Decoration Workshop | クッキーデコワークショップ

Enjoy the art of cookie decorating that includes all materials!

Drop-in classes - 6 spots available per session. For health safety reasons, one table per family - one child and one accompanying adult. Please be prepared for a little mess.

11:30 am | 12:30 pm | 2 pm |  3pm *Materials Included

Ground Floor | Intergenerational Room

Book your spot for this workshop at the reception on the event day.


Girls' Day Kimono Dressing Demonstration | 桃の節句着物着付けデモンストレーション

Join us for our Kimono dressing demonstration to learn the steps and tricks to putting on a Kimono by Fumiko Horan. Enjoy a beautiful visual display of traditional Japanese clothing.

1 pm | Ground Floor | Ellipse Lobby



Magicjo's Magical World | マジックジョーのマジカルワールド

Enjoy the Art and Science of Magic performance by MagicJo! Awaken your wonder and revitalize your mind through an element of surprise.

FREE Magic Show

2:30 pm | Ground Floor | Ellipse Lobby



Hina Doll Displays | 雛段飾り

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.

10 am-5 pm | Ellipse Lobby

Can you find all the Hina Doll displays? Come and grab the entry ticket for the scavenger hunt at the reception and explore the centre. Children can enter to win a small gift!

Entry tickets at reception start at 11 am.

Manga Sale | まんがセール

Find used manga, perfect for the Japanese language learners and anime fans looking to get more of their favourite series! All Manga books are in Japanese and subject to availability.

2F | Tatami Room | 10am - 5pm

SAFE | HOME Exhibit

Through the lens of the historic Vancouver Asahi baseball team, contemporary Canadian artist Kellen Hatanaka explores issues of race, xenophobia, representation, and implicit bias that are relevant in both sport and society today.

FREE Admission

Ground floor | 10am-5pm

Museum Shop

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.

Ground floor | 10am-5pm

Taiken: Japanese Canadians Since 1877

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!

2nd floor | 10am-5pm

All workshop participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Current BC Health guidelines will be followed. If you feel ill or are experiencing a fever, cough, or other symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. Click here for more information. 



The Province of British Columbia has provided Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre a grant in support of our free, community Family Day activity.

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