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.

Our summer is in full swing.

TG GVJCCA Golf Tournament

Our summer is in full swing. Starting with the swing of the golf club at the Tonari Gumi Greater Vancouver JCCA Charity Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 8.

We have some of the GVJCCA board directors, and the president who will be playing in the tournament so please say hi to them.  

And also, we've been working on preparation for our annual GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ & Musubi Sushi Booth and GVJCCA Community Booth on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.  Our BBQ and d booth will be at the corner of Jackson and Powell Streets near the Vancouver Buddhist Temple. The community booth will be in Oppenheimer Park along with other Japanese Canadian groups for Powell Street Festival.  Please drop by and enjoy some delicious food and check out the materials at our community booth. Our BBQ and Musubi is our major fundraiser so we appreciate your continuing support.

Thank you! Enjoy your summer!


Wild Salmon BBQ


Welcome to our 2017 Summer Students

Summer Students 2017

Welcome to our GVJCCA Summer Students for 2017

(l to r) Jessica Fletcher, Communications Administrator; Atieh Yekta, Event Coordinator; Joe Liao, Archival Assistant

The summer students will be at the GVJCCA office #249 on the second floor at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre from Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. except for our wild salmon barbecue & musubi BC Day weekend from August 4. You can drop by and renew your membership or buy a copy of Honouring Our People. You will also see the students at our BBQ musubi food booth and community booth at Powell Street Festival. Drop by and say hi.

You can also contact us by email gvjcca@gmail.com and by phone 604.777.5222 [our phone issues have been resolved, thanks for your patience] and via Canada Post, mail to GVJCCA 249 - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Thank you

President’s Message May 2016

by Lorene Oikawa

As we publish this edition of The Bulletin/Geppo, we are preparing for Asian Heritage Month, the annual celebration of Asian Canadian arts, culture, and heritage.

The April 16th opening event at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, the SFU campus at the old Woodward’s building, provided a great sampling of dance, music, art, and poetry that we will get to experience during the month of May. The beating of taiko drums, and the plucking of the strings of the koto was a wonderful prelude to this year’s tribute to the Japanese Canadian community.

I shared with the audience that I am a yonsei, a fourth generation Canadian. The roots of my family in British Columbia go back to the 1800s when my family made an arduous two-month-long journey from Japan. My family’s journey to Canada is similar to many immigrants who seek a better life in this country. There are many stories that aren’t well known even to their families, of the men who arrived to work in the mines in places like Cumberland on Vancouver Island, and to work in the fishing industry.

By the 1900s there were about 5,000 Japanese Canadians, men and women, many in Steveston, and about four blocks west of the old Woodward’s building there was a growing and thriving community around Powell Street near what we know as Oppenheimer Park. In that park some baseball history was being made. A team called the Vancouver Asahi played smart and won against their larger opponents. My grandfather was a pitcher for the Asahi.Read more . . .

Recent News

  • GVJCCA Job Posting for Administrative Assistant
    GVJCCA Job Posting for Administrative Assistant

    Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association is seeking part-time administrative assistance for 5 hours per week. Administrative Assistant Location: GVJCCA Office is #249 – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, second floor of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre Position Purpose: The goal of the Administrative Assistant is to support the Read more →

  • JCCA Keirokai – January 21, 2017
    JCCA Keirokai – January 21, 2017

    JCCA Keirokai is our annual celebration to respect our elders. “Kei” is Japanese for honour or respect and “ro” refers to elders, and this annual event is our way to pay tribute to the seniors in our community. Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 1 to 4 p.m. Nikkei Centre, 6688 Read more →

  • NAJC Statement – U.S. Election and Racist Acts in Canada
    NAJC Statement – U.S. Election and Racist Acts in Canada

    The National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) and Japanese Canadians join with Japanese Americans and allies who are denouncing the racist acts and rhetoric following the US election. The election of Donald Trump appears to have emboldened many to speak and act on their belief that differences in race, ethnicity, Read more →

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Publishing monthly since 1958, The Bulletin/Geppo is a bilingual English/Japanese journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture.  EXPLORE

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The GVJCCA Human Rights Committee works with and supports the Japanese Canadian community, other human rights groups, and ethno-cultural organizations to promote human rights, and combat racism and discrimination, locally and internationally.  EXPLORE

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