The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) is a non-profit organization that builds communities, and advocates for social justice primarily for people in Canada of Japanese heritage, and their families. The GVJCCA is the publisher of The Bulletin/Geppo, a journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.

Join us for a fun afternoon of bowling at our 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 25.


Register now. Click here for the registration form and information. Deadline to register is February 16.

GVJCCA Bowl-a-thon 2017

Fun at GVJCCA 2017 Bowl-a-thon

GVJCCA 2018 Photo Contest

The Bulletin / Geppo around the World in 2018!

Take your copy of The Bulletin / Geppo with you on your travels and snap a photo of you and The Bulletin / Geppo. See below for the sample photo of the GVJCCA prez when she was in Japan. We'll publish some of our favourites during the year and one lucky person will win a prize for our favourite photo. Photos must be taken from January 1, 2018 to December 10, 2018, and must include and clearly show The Bulletin / Geppo. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) December 10, 2018. 

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Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

On behalf of the GVJCCA Board, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

We hope you are enjoying your time with family and loved ones, and have the opportunity to sample the traditional foods associated with New Year's.

Osechi Ryori




Inari Sushi

Wrapping up 2017 and looking forward to 2018!


Legacy of Redress 2017 Photo by Ali Bordbar


GVJCCA CLiFF 2017 Film Festival


GVJCCA Prez loves musubi and wild salmon!


Free films & popcorn too!

GVJCCA 2017 Film Festival

Join us for free film and popcorn on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 101 - 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver. We will be screening three movies, The Vancouver Asahi, The Orange Story, and Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey.

More information here and on our Facebook page here.


Honour. Remember. Respect.

Remembrance Day 2017 at the Japanese Canadian cenotaph in Stanley Park

The rain stopped. The large crowd at the Japanese Canadian cenotaph in Stanley Park gathered to pay their respects to the Japanese Canadians who served Canada starting with World War One. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge during World War One. 

Remembering the Japanese Canadians who served Canada since World War One.

Sharing the images and stories of the Japanese Canadians who served Canada.

Photos: Lorene Oikawa

More photos posted on our Facebook page here.

Remembering the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students

Families of 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students and one 1942 student. GVJCCA President Lorene Oikawa (red jacket) representing her Uncle Ted Harada.

Photo: Gilbert Akham

It is the 5th anniversary of the Honorary Degree Ceremony for the 1942 Japanese Canadian UBC students who were expelled in 1942. It's also the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians. UBC hosted a Day of Learning where we remembered the students, discussed how we may learn and never repeat the injustice. Also, a revised yearbook, A Degree of Justice, for the 1942 students was launched.GVJCCA is pleased to have provided support. Thank you to the initiative of Tosh and Mary Kitagawa who spearheaded the campaign to have the students honoured.



Photos: Lorene Oikawa

1942 Japanese Canadian UBC Students Yearbook, A Degree of Justice 

Mary Kitagawa and how she started the campaign to honour the 1942 UBC Students.

More photos posted on our Facebook page here.

Giving Thanks to Our Wonderful GVJCCA Volunteers!

GVJCCA Volunteers at Appreciation Party

We had a fun luncheon with some of our Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association volunteers. We enjoyed good conversations, delicious food, and prizes. Our volunteers are such caring, dedicated people. Some have been our volunteers for years, coming back to help every year with our initiatives such as our annual salmon BBQ. Our volunteers help us so we can continue our important work for the community.We are giving thanks this weekend including a BIG thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you Shag Ando for the delicious salmon!

Some of our wonderful JCCA volunteers!

Delectable desserts following a scrumptious lunch.

Sushi for JCCA Volunteers

Karaage Chicken for JCCA Volunteers

If you're interested in developing your skills, supporting the important work of the GVJCCA, and learning more about the Japanese Canadian community, consider volunteering with us. For more information, contact us by email gvjcca@gmail.com or by phone 604.777.5222. Send us your resume and a letter outlining your experience, skills, and why you're interested in volunteering with us. Send your information "Attention: Lorene Oikawa, President" to gvjcca@gmail.com or by Canada Post, mail to GVJCCA 249 - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Thank you. 

President Lorene Oikawa’s Message – February 2018

2018 JCCA Keirokai

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. February is usually when people’s interest starts to wane and that impossible regime of a restrictive diet or drill sergeant workout cannot be maintained. Not to say that making better life choices isn’t a good thing, I just think the pressure of a New Year’s resolution is setting up a lot of people for failure. I am also interested in a more holistic approach to well-being.

Have you heard about ikigai? I first heard about it last year. There have been a number of articles and a book published last year. Some are calling it the Japanese secret to a long and happy life. This Japanese concept seems to be taking over in popularity from the Danish concept of hygge, a warm and cozy lifestyle.

From my quick reading of the articles, iki means life and gai means value or worth so ikigai is about your purpose in life. It’s also been described as the reason for getting up in the morning. I would be cautious about literal translations of non-English words into English. There is a tremendous culture and history behind words so there may be something lost in the translation.

Sometimes the articles have Venn diagrams explaining the concept:  Overlapping circles of “what you love” “what you are good at” “what the world needs” and “what you be paid for” with overlapping pairs of circles highlighting passion, mission, profession, and vocation, and your ikigai is at the centre of the overlapping circles.

Ikigai Venn Diagram

The Venn diagram is a simplification of the concept, and may miss the point about self-reflection and your mental outlook on your worth and not on your financial status. Another way of considering your ikigai is by stopping when you’re doing something and asking yourself why you are doing it. Perhaps it’s something you need to stop and say no, so you can spend time doing things that are more meaningful. This is different from a New Year’s resolution, because in the moment you are finding the things that are taking up your time or holding you back from accomplishing the things you dream about.

A lot has been shared about Okinawa with the “longest disability-free life expectancy in the world.” In a TED talk, Dan Buettner, a National Geographic writer and explorer, explores the ideas about living long and healthy, and while he talks about genetics, diet and social constructs, he also refers to ikigai.

Buettner studied different communities around the world and he discovered some common denominators for those who are living a long life. One is having a sense of purpose. Thinking back to a typical New Year’s resolution such as following an exercise program, it is interesting to note that another common denominator that Buettner found is that these elders don’t exercise, but they do have physically active lifestyles.

Although there seem to be a number of factors influencing our capacity for a long life, there is no quick fix for a happy, long life. Ikigai plays a big part of it and I can’t imagine a long life without purpose or a reason for getting out of bed in the morning.

If you have discovered your ikigai, send me a note gvjcca “at” gmail.com or via Canada Post. I would be interested to learn more.


Join our 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 25. It will contribute toward your physical activity, your purpose, because the Bowl-a-thon is a fundraiser, and involve you in a social network. It’s an opportunity for members of the Japanese Canadian community and other communities and families and friends to come together and have some fun. Your support is appreciated. We are raising funds to keep producing the high quality, monthly Bulletin magazine for the community. You can also help by collecting pledges for the GVJCCA or one of the other Japanese Canadian community groups who are participating in this community bowl-a-thon. We will have lots of prizes including for the bowler who collects the top amount of $ pledges and also for the bowlers with the top scores. It’s fun for all ages.

See the advertisement for the Bowl-a-thon in The Bulletin and on our website at gvjcca.org

Individual bowlers are welcome. We can assign you a team. You will have a choice of 5 pin or 10 pin bowling at our new venue, Lucky 9 Lanes, in Richmond with plenty of free parking. We hope to see you at the Bowl-a-thon.

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