Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
— a place to connect. learn. inspire.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Nikkei Centre. During the past 20 years, we have built a home for Japanese Canadian history, heritage and culture — a place to gather and build community, to share our legacy, and to educate and inspire diverse audiences locally and globally.
We offer unique programming, exhibits, and events, and ensure the legacies of people of Japanese ancestry in Canada live on into the future.

JULY 1 - DECEMBER 31, 2021

In honour of the vision of our founders, we are embarking on the Inspiration Fundraiser in support of the Friends of Nikkei Centre Maintenance Fund. This Fund ensures the maintenance needs of our museum & cultural centre can be met for many years to come.

The Vision of Our Founders + The Future Ahead

We at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Nikkei Centre) wish to thank our supporters for inspiring us to face the challenges of this past year with resilience, hope and determination.  
We are inspired by founding leaders who spearheaded the creation of Nikkei Centre, from a dream to reality. Their efforts, and that of other community leaders since, continue to ensure Nikkei Centre stands as a legacy at Nikkei Place to honour, preserve, and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada. 
Join us on social media throughout the campaign, and be inspired by the stories and people who have helped shape our vibrant community and cultural centre.

Please consider a gift in support of the Inspiration Fundraiser!

After 21 years, our building requires enhanced care and repair. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to build the Friends of Nikkei Centre Maintenance Fund into a healthy contingency for future facility maintenance, repairs and capital improvements such as:
  • Roof Replacement
  • Elevator
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Flooring
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
The success of the Fundraiser will help us ensure Nikkei Centre continues to be a place that serves the needs of seniors, children, families, individuals, organizations, and community well into the future.

Thank You to Our Donors who have supported the Inspiration Fundraising Campaign to-date

Updated: October 13, 2021

Anonymous (3)
Louise Akuzawa & Ron Kruschen
Akemi Eddy
Fortis BC Energy Inc.
Akiko Gomyo
L.A. Shoji Foundation
Robert Maruyama

Ian Miki & Chieko Chijiwa
Cathy Makihara
Patrick T. Miki
Joseph Miki
Debbie Miki
Kaori Namiki
Nikkei Place Foundation

Herbert I. Ono
Plant-A-Life Products Ltd.
Shinichi & Rumiko Sueyoshi
Cheryl Suzuki
Debra Suzuki
Rickey & Margaret Yada
Fred & Linda Yada

Inspiring Community Stories

20 years of Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

20 in 2020 

Recently digitized photographs follow the archives from a small office on Broadway to our purpose-built museum space today: a journey seen through groundbreaking ceremonies and community gatherings.

Elders Roy Uyeda & Akira Horii give talks to students about growing up Japanese Canadian

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Roy Uyeda and Akira Horii — elders in our community that have volunteered for many years with Nikkei Centre's Taiken education program. They are dedicated to giving talks to students about their experiences growing up Japanese Canadian.

Nikkei Women series

Sounds Japanese Canadian to Me Podcast

During the exhibition "Iron Willed: Women in STEM" the Nikkei National Museum's podcast shared ten stories of Nikkei Women. Lives of remarkable Japanese Canadian women who have survived through the Japanese Canadian internment. Listen to these on our website or subscribe to Sounds Japanese Canadian To Me on your Podcast platform.

Samurai Armour Preserved at Nikkei National Museum

From the Robert Samuel Alexander Collection

Watch this episode of Treasures from the Vault to learn about this near-complete set of samurai armour, dating back to circa 1850, preserved in our museum vault. Robert was a well-known Vancouver artist who purchased the armour from an antique shop (probably on Granville Street) in circa 1942.

Nikkei Matsuri: Building Community Through Arts and Culture

A summer tradition at Nikkei Centre

Nikkei Centre has hosted the ever-popular Nikkei Matsuri summer festival for the past 8 years. Watch highlights from last year's re-imagined version "Summer at Nikkei Garden". The 9th annual Nikkei Matsuri returns with "Mini Matsuri" this year on labour day weekend, September 4 & 5, 2021!