Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby

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The term Nikkei translates as “of Japanese descent.”

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is an incorporated non-profit and charitable society which is community-based and primarily volunteer-run. Generally known as the Nikkei Centre and as the Nikkei National Museum for Japanese Canadian museum programs.

Nikkei National Museum produces several exhibits each year, balancing historical content with traditional and contemporary art. The museum collects, preserves and makes accessible archives, art and artifacts related to Japanese Canadian heritage. Currently the collection includes more than 3000 photographs, 350 oral history recordings, over 25 metres of archival and textual materials, and 1000 artifacts. The collections are accessed by scholars and community researchers on a regular basis. Each year, over 1000 students participate in our educational programs.

In addition to public programs and exhibits, Nikkei Centre provides community services, weekly cultural programs, produces several publications, and makes our facilities available for public use and special events.

Nikkei Centre officially opened on September 22, 2000 in a beautiful multi-use facility in Burnaby, BC, conceptually designed by renowned Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama.
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  • I went to a cherry blossom viewing event in April. I enjoyed introducing traditional Japanese dance and martial arts. Usually, the main thing is to rent an exhibition or a Japanese book.
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  • The Japanese gardens offer a calm and peacefull setting for enjoying lunch or reading a book. The community centre offers tea ceremony or flower arranging or dance and cooking classes and sometimes Ja...  more »
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  • History is well preserved in the museum dedicated to the Japanese Canadians. Ground floor is designed for sports related activities and meetings. Upstairs you can learn about the Japanese heritage since 1877 until those days. It is sad to know that thousand of innocent people were held into custody in those internment camps during the 2nd WW. But let’s leave the past in the past. This venue is beautiful and well maintained. There is also a Japanese language school upstairs to preserve the culture within this community. Worth a visit!
  • It's a cool little place that is always hosting some event. Nice little grass area and pond with goldfish. The goldfish could really use some attention tho. The water is in terrible condition and the water line is well below the filter! If any staff see this I would be glad to help as I live a block away and have experience with ponds and looking after fish.
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