Free Admission on July 20: Come See the New Nikkei National Museum!

The Nikkei National Museum Re-Opens on July 20, and Celebrates with Free Admission

Mark Your Calendars! Free for one day only, on July 20.

Come visit the new Nikkei National Museum, and the new Karasawa Museum exhibit space with an inaugural exhibit called “Nikkei 日系”. This ambitious exhibit will elucidate milestone events of our community’s history in a non-linear and intersectional way. 

The Opening Reception will be on Saturday July 20, 2019, at 1:30 – 5:00pm. On this day, everyone is welcome as our guest. Regular admission is $5 or free with NNMCC membership. Please consider becoming a NNMCC member for future free access to the gallery, complimentary admission to all NNMCC events, and discounts in the museum shop.

Featuring a New Core Exhibit:

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Nikkei 日系

Pronunciation: nee-kay

Literal translation: of Japanese ancestry

Definition: anyone with one or more ancestors from Japan, and/or anyone who self-identifies as Nikkei (XI COPANI Eleventh Pan-American Nikkei Conference 2001).

The term Nikkei originated in Japan during the Meiji imperial restoration, beginning in 1868, to identify Japanese immigrants and their descendants residing in foreign countries. Today, it is widely used within the Japanese diaspora worldwide but often requires explanation outside of Japan where the label is most relevant.

More than 25 individual and family stories, accompanied by rare and previously inaccessible personal belongings from the community, give evidence to lived experience of Nikkei in Canada. Discover unique stories of arrival, heroism in the face of racism, the resilience of community, and the experience of generations through the intersections of migration, racism, identity, and belonging.

The core exhibit promises, over time, to rotate through a repository of over 30,000 photographs, 35 metres of textual records, 500 oral history recordings, 100 film reels, and over 2500 artefacts and artworks, which continues to grow with the tireless efforts of our archive and collections team.

2019 Exhibit Programs*:

  • July 20 - Opening of Charles H. Kadota Resource Centre from noon

  • July 20 - Opening of new Karasawa exhibit space from 1:30pm

  • Aug 24 - Film screening from 2pm of The Vancouver Asahi – 2014 directed by Yuya Ishii, starring Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kazuya Kamenashi, Ryo Katsuji, Yuske Kamiji, Sosuke Ikematsu, Koichi Sato. Running time 133 minutes.

  • Aug 31/Sept 1 - Gallery tours during Nikkei Matsuri

  • Oct 8 – 11 - Alberta Sugar Beets Bus Tour

  • Oct 17 – Nov 2 - Hold These Truths, Cultch Historic Theatre
    Directed by Lisa Rothe, starring Joel de la Fuente, exec produced by Tamlyn Tomita
    www.holdthesetruths.info

  • Dec 14 - Nikkei Christmas Boutique

*Programs are subject to change. Please check centre.nikkeiplace.org for details and updates.

2020 plans include an inter-generational dialogue, art making, preserving photos, and genealogy workshops.

Nikkei National Museum is New Again!

May 1, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Art | Installation | History

 

BURNABY, B.C. — Nikkei National Museum is new again!

Nikkei Centre opened in Burnaby in 2000 with plans to expand its museum and archives in the future; that future has become reality. Museum renovation has been made possible by a generous donation from Yoshiko Karasawa, and in part by the Government of Canada.

On July 20, 2019 we open the new Karasawa gallery with a core exhibit titled Nikkei 日系.  Nikkei, pronounced nee-kay, is a term that identifies Japanese heritage, but its complexity often requires explanation, especially outside of Japan where the label is most relevant.

 With this inaugural exhibit, we deliver on our mission to honour, preserve, and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada by drawing upon the museum’s archive and permanent collection to tell a layered core story of Canadians of Japanese ancestry. This ambitious exhibit will elucidate milestone events of our community’s history in a non-linear and intersectional way.

More than 25 individuals and family stories, accompanied by rare and previously inaccessible personal belongings from the community, will give evidence to lived experience of Nikkei in Canada. Digitized heritage film footage (funded by Library and Archives Canada) projected onto a double-height wall will be juxtaposed against Cindy Mochizuki’s contemporary interpretation of historic letters showcased in her visually luscious film installation, “Sue Sada was Here”.  We invite visitors to investigate broader questions of migration, racism, identity, and belonging through seeing, hearing, and learning about the Nikkei community’s resilience, resistance, and resonance in this country.

The exhibit will fill the entire new gallery space for its initial run, with built-in flexibility to contract down to a set of core exhibit elements in the future. This will allow ongoing access to a consistent Nikkei narrative for educational tours while allowing for rotating temporary exhibits in the Karasawa gallery space. The core exhibit also promises over time to rotate through a repository of over 30,000 photographs, 35 metres of textual records, 500 oral history recordings, 100 film reels, and over 2500 artefacts and artworks, which continue to grow with the tireless efforts of our archive and collections team.

Concurrent with the new gallery opening, we are also excited to announce a newly refreshed Charles H Kadota Resource Centre, museum archives, shop, and reception.

For more information about the exhibit, visit centre.nikkeiplace.org.

Contact:
Sherri Kajiwara, Director|Curator
skajiwara@nikkeiplace.org | 604.777.7000 ext 112

The Shin Asahi's Japan Tour

The Shin Asahi's Japan Tour

The Shin Asahi baseball team is Nikkei Place Foundation’s third-ever Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary recipient. They spent two weeks in March on their Japan Tour, fostering meaningful relations through their love of baseball and their philosophy of fairplay and respect. Here’s how it went!

Nikkei National Museum Redevelopment – May Update

Nikkei National Museum Redevelopment – May Update

Ever since the Nikkei National Museum received a generous private donation from Yoshiko Karasawa and matching funds from Canadian Heritage, we have held a variety of blue sky sessions, museum team workshops, and community consultations to ensure that we create the best new museum resource that funding would allow.