Upcoming events from the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre Newsletter

Film screening – The Cats of Mirikitani
February 26, 2pm
March 26, 2pm
Join us for a special screening of the award winning film in the gallery by donation. A guided tour of the exhibit will be provided after the screening.

Nikkei Family History Workshop
March 3, 2011, 7-9 pm
$10. Space is limited, pre-registration required. 604.777.7000
Workshop facilitators: Ted Ohashi, co- author of Tasaka; Moe Yesaki, author of several books on Steveston; and Linda (Kawamoto) Reid, assistant archivist at the JCNM.
Ted will speak about writing a family history book; Moe will speak about what information you can get from the Canadian Census of 1891, 1901, and 1911; and Linda will speak about the newest information from Japan and what is available to researchers at the JCNM. Participants will have an opportunity to search on the top 4 sites to find family history information.

7th annual Jan Ken Pon! Family Games Day
Saturday, March 19, 11am-2pm
$5 for children over 2 years old. Free for accompanying adults. $4 for advance bookings before March 12.
Experience over 20 traditional Japanese heritage games and toys at Jan Ken Pon! Play with colourful tops and a Japanese style cup & ball, make your own sumo wrestlers and beanbags, and run around and burn off some energy. The highlight of the day is a rock-paper-scissors tournament with prizes. Old Japanese heritage toys will also be on display. This event is suitable for families with children aged 4 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebrate Spring
Saturday, April 9, 12-3pm
Celebrate the cherry blossom season with a fun, family afternoon in our beautiful gardens. Please check our website: www.nikkeiplace.org for updates.

Asian Canadian Artist Showcase & Silent Auction
Showcase, April 9-30 (free admission)
As Spring blooms, so does the Japanese Canadian National Museum’s annual Asian artist showcase and silent auction. BLOOM takes place on April 30th from 6:30pm – 9pm featuring entertainment by local performing artists, delicious snacks, and beautiful creations by artists from the community. Come bid, eat, drink, mix, mingle, and support the Museum. Tickets are only $40 and are available at the Front Desk.

NNM&HC Tea Ceremony Class
Instructor: Ayako Sakaino, Urasenke Tankokai Vancouver Association
Wednesday, April 13, 20 & 27, May 4 & 11 (5 classes)
Introductory Course (English instruction): 11am to 12:30pm
Beginner Course (Japanese instruction): 1:30pm to 3pm
Fee: $100 / 5 classes (material, HST included)
Registration: 604.777.7000 or info@nikkeiplace.org (NNM&HC)
Attire: No jeans, miniskirt. Please bring a pair of white socks.
Limited 8 students, Min 5 or class will be cancelled.
Introductory: This class is appropriate for someone with no experience. Students will learn the basic of tea including how to walk in the tea room
and how to drink tea.
Beginner: This course is for those desiring to learn more about tea fundamentals.

The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani
January 15 – March 26, 2011
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Admission by donation.
Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani is a fiercely independent, 90-year-old Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima’s atomic bombing. He has survived the trauma of those two significant events and homelessness by creating art every day.
Gallery tour: March 15, 2pm.

On-going Displays Level 2

Lost & Found Photographs February – April 2011. We need your brains. The Museum has hundreds of wonderful photographs with faces and places
without names. Come by the new display upstairs and help us figure out who’s who and what’s what. Thanks for the memories.
EDUCATION CENTRE internment & redress – please ask museum staff for access
MEMORIES OF JAPAN a sampling from the permanent JCNM collection
VANCOUVER ASAHI baseball team

Lost and Found Project
Lost and Found is a project created by the JCNM to generate a conversation between the museum and the community. This conversation, with your help, will let us put names to faces and places. Each week we will post new photographs and we hope you will join in by leaving your comments on who or where or when or what you think about the photograph.

Museum Shop
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Modern furoshiki – check out the beautiful wrapping display in the lobby.

Call for volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

* museum shop
* education programs
* Jan Ken Pon Family Games Day, Saturday, March 19
* translators (old Japanese to English) – help us with the upcoming historic Powell Street exhibition project

Please contact the museum for more information at jcnm@nikkeiplace.org | 604.777.7000

Japanese Canadian community news

“SAKURA NO SAKU MAE NI…” (Before cherry blossoms bloom…)
Guest speaker / Artist: Linda Ohama
Event planner / Collaborating artist: Yoriko Gillard
Date: Sunday, Feb. 27th 2011
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Place: Dr. Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, UBC
Event type: Fundraising / Linda Ohama’s film screening & Artist talk
Entrance fee: $5

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presents
National Research Centre Forum ~ “Sharing Truth – Creating a National Research Centre on Residential Schools”
March 1-3, 2011
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
NNMHC Founding President Robert Banno will participate in the forum discussion on Wednesday, March 2nd.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Birthday Blossom tree offer:
Bring beauty, color and joy to your garden every spring and plant a Japanese flowering Birthday Blossoms cherry tree on your property. Birthday Blossoms is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion in your life while commemorating Vancouver’s 125th anniversary. This one-time special offer ends March 29th, 2011. For purchasing details please visit: http://www.vcbf.ca/birthdayblossom/birthday-blossoms.
Your purchase will also help support the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, a charitable non-profit Society dedicated to the education, celebration and preservation of the 37,000 ornamental cherry trees that make our city uniquely beautiful, attracting admirers from around the world.

Harry Aoki Fundraising Dinner and Concert
May 6, 2011, 6-10PM
St John’s College, 2111 Lower Mall, University of British Columbia
The Aoki Legacy Fund Committee presents a dinner and concert honouring Harry and Ted Aoki. Harry Hiro-O is one of the most unique musical figures in Canadian culture. His brother Ted Aoki, university teacher/scholar/philosopher, has devoted his career to progressive education for intercultural understanding.
The event will raise funds for the Aoki Legacy fund, designed to continue Harry and Ted’s dedication to intercultural music, dialogue, and education, and to promote harmonious diversity in society.
The evening, inspired by the successful 2008 concert honouring Harry Aoki, will begin with a reception and silent auction. It will continue with a gourmet dinner and culminate in an exciting concert integrating musical heartbeats from western classical music, jazz, Japanese and African music, and Celtic fiddling — along with storytelling and modern dance!
Tickets $75 (including dinner, concert and donation to the Aoki Legacy Fund) Charitable tax receipts available on request.
Please contact: Facebook, First Friday Forum page for reservations and further information. We will contact you again once tickets go on sale.

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