Spring Update: Letter From Our Executive Director

Dear Friends of Nikkei Place,

It’s been an exciting spring so far at Nikkei Place – and there’s even more on the horizon!

In March, we celebrated Nikkei heroes at our annual Thomas Shoyama Gala, and raised funds for the Nikkei Place Foundation. On this night, we presented Kaye Kaminishi of the historic Vancouver Asahi baseball team with the Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award, for helping bridge racial divides through the game of baseball. We also recognized Shig and Akemi Hirai (owners of Fujiya and other businesses) for over three decades of entrepreneurial success and their immense generosity to the community. I also had the pleasure to award the Foundation’s 2018-19 Nikkei Youth Bursary Award to the Shin-Asahi baseball team as they embarked on a tour of Japan (read all about their trip here!)

I am happy to share with you that the Nikkei Place Foundation was recently awarded a federal “Employment and Social Development Canada” grant, which will help fund projects aimed at expanding the social participation of seniors at our charity. Stay tuned for more information about this new initiative!

Other exciting things include the 14th annual Nikkei Place Charity Golf Tournament, which happened on May 31st in support of Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society, and the public re-opening of the Nikkei National Museum’s renovated space on July 20th (with free admission)!

What makes Nikkei Place is YOU

Since the founding of Nikkei Place, our community’s generosity has always been the backbone of Nikkei Place. Support from you and the rest of our community is what defines our past, our present, and our future. Giving to Nikkei Place Foundation means helping fund much-needed public programming, support and care for seniors, initiatives that inspire youth, and the extraordinary staff who make it all happen.

I invite you to stay tuned to our website for all the latest community updates. And if you haven't already received one in the mail, please check out our newest brochure to learn more about our core values, the many things that we are doing here at Nikkei Place, and what we aspire to do with the support of you and the community.

Please consider making a donation to the Nikkei Place Foundation today!


Naomi Kawamura
Executive Director, Nikkei Place Foundation