#BeTheChange for future generations at the
Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala

Be part of Nikkei Place Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel!

Together we can change lives and shape our community for the better. #BeTheChange for the future generations at Nikkei Place by taking action today!

This inspired evening will be emceed by Japanese Canadian actor Kevan Ohtsji, and will honour Kaye Kaminishi with the 2019 Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award. We will also award to 2018-19 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary to the Shin Asahi Baseball Team.


Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Place: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
5:00pm Reception + Silent Auction
6:00pm Dinner + Live Auction + Raffle
10:00pm Closing Remarks

Emcee: Kevan Ohtsji

Tickets: $250* /per person
Table of 10: $2,500
To purchase contact us at 604.777.2122 or buy them online
*A portion of each ticket is tax receiptable. Amount TBD post-event.

Support the Thomas Shoyama Sakura Gala and future generations at Nikkei Place with a sponsorship or donation today. You could also support our cause by giving a gift-in-kind donation to our silent auction or raffle. For information, please contact gifts@nikkeiplace.org.


Kaye Kaminishi of the Asahi Baseball Team will receive the 2019 Thomas Shoyama Lifetime Achievement Award


A role model for overcoming racial and economic discrimination. The Asahi Baseball team were a symbol of the Japanese Canadian struggle for equality and respect. With their unique way of playing baseball — known as 'brain ball' — they were able to overcome differences for the love of the game. Despite the team being disbanded and interned during the Second World War, they left a legacy of inspiration for future generations of all Canadians.

Continuing the Legacy: The Shin Asahi Baseball Team will receive the 2018-19 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary


Nikkei Place Foundation is proud to present the 2018-19 Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary to the Shin Asahi Baseball Team.

The Asahi Baseball Association is spreading the Japanese way of baseball — inspired by the Original Asahi team's skill, perseverance, accomplishments, and wishes to inspire a new generation of ball players in the Japanese Canadian (Nikkei) community in Canada. Through the game of baseball, they teach players the importance of teamwork and fair play, as well as the mindset of “Always start with respect, and end with respect.”

From March 14th, 2019, the Shin Asahi Japan Travel Team will embark on a two week tour with stops in Yokohama, Hikone, and Osaka. The Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary will help cover the cost of their tour. The team is scheduled to play 10 games in the span of 14 days and it will be a test of their team cohesion and support for one another. 

This year’s Emcee: Kevan Ohtsji


Kevan Ohtsji is a Canadian-born Japanese actor, born and raised in Burnaby, BC. He began studying his craft at the age of seventeen, where he earned his first on-screen role starring in Christophe Gans’ Crying Freeman. His charismatic personality, natural talent, and passion for acting led him to roles on shows such as Smallville, The Butterfly Effect, Stargate SG-1, Mortal Kombat, and the Montreal shot mini-series Race to Mars. He has also had the opportunity to appear alongside the likes of Morgan Freeman, Jeff Daniels, and Bryan Cranston. Most recently, his credits include the feature film Darc, Godzilla, Arrow, Beyond, and Man in the High Castle.