Women of Change: Celebrating Japanese Canadian Leaders

Free to the public until September 2024

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, are proud to present Women of Change, now in our upper level cabinets on the landing of the second floor. Meet 6 Japanese Canadian women leaders who upheld the community for over a century: Michiko Midge Ayukawa, Sono Nakazawa, Tomiko Nishimura, Kinori Oka, Maryka Omatsu, and Miyoshi Mickey Tanaka. The stories of these scientists, academics, activists, poets, and businesswomen are told through their art materials, photographs, books, and awards, now on display for your viewing. See more of their stories through the online Google Arts & Culture exhibit, explore their collections at nikkeimuseum.org, and visit us for activity books, stickers, and more.


August 2022 - September 2024


Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm (also available to view when building is open for events/programs)


We acknowledge the entire team of staff and volunteers at the NNMCC who are dedicated to honour, preserve, and share the history and heritage of Japanese Canadians and Japanese culture in Canada.

Exhibit Curation: Nigel Town, Lisa Uyeda

Project Oversight: Sherri Kajiwara, Lisa Uyeda, and Theressa Takasaki 

Research and Administrative Support: Su Yen Chong, Tonya Sutherland, Madelyn Martin, Nigel Town, Brianne McMillan

Graphic Design and Promotional Materials | Kara Isozaki, Sandy Chan

Additional Support | Sam Frederick, Megan Koyanagi, Joyce Lee, Sakura Taji, Patrick Fujisawa 

This project was made possible through the support of Library and Archives Canada and the Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Thank you. 

Midge Ayukawa Collection