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Nikkei Place Legacy Gala

Image of the awards ceremony from the Community Awards Dinner 2019

Nikkei Place Legacy Gala

An evening to reconnect, rediscover & honour

Join us on Saturday, October 22, 2022

5 pm | Cocktail Reception + Check-In
6 pm to 9 pm | Dinner + Awards

Semi-Formal | Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Our gala event returns after a 2-year hiatus, jointly hosted by Nikkei Place Foundation + Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Join us in reconnecting, rediscovering and honouring the legacies of our community leaders for their selfless contributions towards a strong and inclusive Canada.

Hosts of the Evening

Actors Hiro Kanagawa and Jennifer Spence join us as this year's co-emcees!

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa is a Vancouver-based actor and writer. He is perhaps best-known for his guest appearances and recurring roles on popular television and streaming series such as The Good Doctor, Altered Carbon, The X-Files, iZombie, The Man in the High Castle and many more. He is also a sought-after script doctor and consultant and was story editor on several critically-acclaimed Canadian television series: Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Intelligence and Blackstone.

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence is a multiple award-winning actor known for her regular roles on BBC Studio’s Traces, Netflix’s Travelers and Audience Network’s You Me Her. She has always been a passionate storyteller and is excited to be further diversifying into the additional roles of writer and producer.

Award Recipients

We humbly recognize the following recipients this year...

Robert T. Banno

2022 Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award
Posthumous Award Recipient

Raymond Moriyama

2020 Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award

Suki Takagi

2020 Nikkei Community & Business Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

Susanne Tabata

2022 Outstanding Community Service Award

Paul Kariya

2022 Outstanding Community Service Award

Yoshi Hashimoto

2022 Outstanding Community Service Award

Kenji Yamamoto

2021-2022 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary

Max Hashimoto

2021-2022 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary

Entertainment and Highlights

Food, music, and notable attendees speaking at the Legacy Gala.

An assortment of custom sashimi featuring local uni.l

Zen Japanese Restaurant

Dinner Service
Portrait of John Horgan MLA, incumber premier of British Columbia.

Premier John Horgan

Attendee and Speaker
Portrait of Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby, BC

Mayor Mike Hurley

Attendee and Speaker
Jason de Couto at the keyboard.

Jason de Couto Trio


Silent Auction

Guests will have the chance to bid on a variety of items up for auction.

Featured Item:

Air Canada - One (1) Economy Round Trip Ticket From Canada to Japan

Starting: $1500
Value: $3000


We are grateful to the following...

Logo for DLA Piper, a multinational law firm located on Burrard St, Vancouver.

DLA Piper

Tompkins Wozny LLP

Canadian Tire's logo on pale purple background

Canadian Tire

Cypress Capital Management's logo on pale purple background

Cypress Capital Management

Light blue text "CLARK WILSON" on pale purple background

Clark Wilson LLP

DMCL's logo on pale purple background

DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants

MacDonald's logo with "Jim Pike Ltd." written underneath.

Jim Pike Ltd.

Logo for Yokohama Tires: 'YOKOHAMA' in bold with a large red 'Y' to the left.

Yokohama Tires

Logo for Naoto Horita Inc.

Naoto Horita Inc.