Upcoming Events

Join us on April 18, 2018 for National Canadian Film Day

Join the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) for a free screening at Tonari Gumi in Vancouver. GVJCCA and NAJC are hosting the films, The Breadwinner and Meditation Park, as part of the National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 18th starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Breadwinner is an Academy Award nominated animated feature about Parvana, an 11 year old girl, who disguises herself as a boy to help her family survive under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.

Meditation Park is about a Chinese-Canadian family and a journey of self-discovery for the matriarch Maria. Her daughter is played by Sandra Oh.

GVJCCA & NAJC host National Canadian Film Day

Wednesday, April 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tonari Gumi, 42 W8th Avenue, #101, Vancouver

The Breadwinner


Meditation Park

Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey Film Launch

Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey Film Launch

Sunday, March 4

2-4 p.m. Surrey City Centre Library

10350 University Drive, Surrey

Join us for the launch of the short film, Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey. The film captured some highlights of last year’s event when we heard and shared the stories of the early settlers who came from Japan to build their lives and contribute to the growing community of Surrey. The stories also remind us about the reasons we need to support inclusiveness and reject the racist rhetoric that we thought would never be heard again, and is being repeated today. Discover a part of Surrey’s rich cultural heritage and learn that we have more in common than you may think. Surrey’s Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar will be hosting the event along with Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association president Lorene Oikawa.

Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (GVJCCA) Annual General Meeting

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Tsubaki Room – Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC

If you would like an opportunity to connect with our vibrant community, help preserve and share our Japanese Canadian history, and advocate for social justice, join us for this annual review of the activities of the GVJCCA, and learn about our plans for the year.

Nominations to the GVJCCA Board of Directors are being accepted. At this time, we are especially interested in recruiting board members with skills and experience in governance, financial management, community outreach, public relations, and fundraising.

Expressions of interest should include a cover letter describing your interest in our organization as well as a resume and be emailed to gvjcca@gmail.com Attention: GVJCCA President by March 16, 2018.


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.
GVJCCA does not accept responsibility for lost or misdirected submissions and will NOT return photographs. Prize must be accepted as awarded. Judging will be done by the editors and/or board. The winning images will be selected for technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal. Maximum 12 images per person. Photos submitted electronically should be minimum 1 MB jpg file and maximum 3 MB jpg file. Entrants must not infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person. Photos of children must have the authorization of their parent.
Please include your name, address, phone number, name of photographer, model (s), and brief description including location of the photograph. If any children are in the photo, you must obtain the authorization of their parent(s).
Email entries to gvjcca@gmail.com subject: GVJCCA 2018 Photo Contest  OR  by Canada Post to 2018 Photo Contest GVJCCA 249 – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on February 25, 2018

Join us at the 4th Annual GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

The Bowl-a-thon is a fundraiser, and it’s also an opportunity for members of the Japanese Canadian community and other communities and families and friends to come together and have some fun. 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 raffle draws and 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.

Register by February 2nd and take advantage of the early bird pricing $30 for individual / $180 for a team (maximum 6) which includes two hours of bowling and shoe rental.

From February 3 until February 16 (deadline), the cost will be $35 for individual / $210 for a team (maximum 6).

See below for the registration form, poster, pledge form, and sponsorship form. Thank you for your continued support. 

GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser

Sunday, February 25, 2018
check in starts at noon
prizes at 3 p.m.
choice of 5 pin or 10 pin bowling

Lucky 9 Lanes
#150-14200 Entertainment Blvd
Richmond, British Columbia
V6W 1A8

Free parking. Food and refreshments are available for purchase.

Complete the registration form and email or mail it to GVJCCA by February 2nd (early bird fees) and until February 16 (deadline).

GVJCCA Registration Bowl-a-thon 2018 Fillable

Share the Bowl-a-thon poster with family, friends, and your networks. Tell them about this fun event for all ages.

GVJCCA Poster Bowl-a-thon 2018

Gather pledges for GVJCCA or one of the Japanese Canadian organizations participating in the GVJCCA Community Bowl-a-thon. Bring all pledge money and completed sheets to the Bowl-a-thon on February 25, 2018.

GVJCCA Pledge Form Bowl-a-thon 2018

Help us support The Bulletin / Geppo magazine. Our publication has been serving the Japanese Canadian and Japanese community in Canada and helping connect people with Nikkei culture and heritage for 60 years. Check out the sponsorship form for the benefits.

GVJCCA Sponsorship Bowl-a-thon 2018


GVJCCA Film Festival

The Vancouver Asahi

Please join us for the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association Film Festival.

Saturday, November 25
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
42 W 8th Ave #101, Vancouver (Tonari Gumi)

We will be showing three films which share the history of Japanese Canadians and Japanese Americans. The films include the feature film, The Vancouver Asahi, and two short films, The Orange Story, and Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey.

The Vancouver Asahi, is a period film, which abridges the story of the real-life Vancouver Asahi baseball team which played from 1914 to 1941, and shows how they faced racism and went on to win titles, and the respect of the broader community. This Ishii Yuya film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival when it had its world premiere. Thanks to Grace Eiko Thomson who is providing the access to this film.

The Orange Story

The GVJCCA is pleased to be showing another short film The Orange Story. It’s the story about the Japanese American experience 75 years ago from the perspective of a Japanese American store owner. The GVJCCA is able to screen the film as part of the 2017 Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF).

Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey (poster from Surrey event in May 2017)

We are also happy to share a preview of the GVJCCA film, Discover the Stories of Japanese Canadians in Surrey, which provides highlights of an event we held in Surrey this year to share the history of the Japanese Canadian pioneers in Surrey.

Free films and popcorn too! We hope to see you on November 25.

GVJCCA Legacy of Redress Forum on November 19

Legacy of Redress 2017


Greater Vancouver JCCA
Legacy of Redress Forum
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 from 2 to 4:30 pm
Peter Kaye Room, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
350 W. Georgia Street
75 years ago, 22,000 Canadians of Japanese ancestry were labelled enemy aliens, and forcibly removed from the BC coast in 1942. Join us for this free public forum where we will explore the history of the Japanese Canadian internment, and the connection to the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples, and the Canadian Muslim community. We will hear directly from representatives from the three communities, Mary KitagawaSxwpilemaát Siyám / Chief Leanne Joe, and Itrath Syed. We will then have the opportunity to discuss what is happening today, and how we can work together to preserve our rights and eliminate discrimination. RSVP gvjcca@gmail.com [Subject:  Redress Forum] or call: 604-777.5222 and provide your name, and phone number.

Annual GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ, Musubi Food Booth, and Community Photo Booth

Wild Salmon BBQ

Join us at our annual GVJCCA Wild Salmon BBQ & Musubi SPAM Sushi Booth, and our Community Photo Booth at the 41st Powell Street Festival.

You can enjoy a delicious fresh salmon dinner with rice and salad, and Musubi (sweet and salty grilled pork on sushi rice and wrapped with nori (seaweed)) at our usual spot, at the corner of Jackson and Powell Streets near the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.

Check out the GVJCCA Community booth where we will have photos and highlights of our current work, and we will be selling our Honouring Our People book. Have fun at our photo booth with some new signs featuring our popular musubi and salmon. Our community booth will be in Oppenheimer Park along with other Japanese Canadian groups.

Our BBQ and Musubi food booth is our major fundraiser for the year so not only will you enjoy delicious fresh salmon and musubi, you are helping us with our important work such as producing The Bulletin community magazine, sharing stories of our Japanese Canadian community, and protecting the rights of Canadians facing racism and discrimination.

Thank you for your continued support.

GVJCCA Bulletin

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 Southoaks Crescent

A special lunch for seniors 70 years & over (spouse may be under 70)

Please register no later than January 6, 2017, with Tonari Gumi: 604.687.2172

$5 Registration fee (70+)

$15 for spouses or others under 70


GVJCCA Legacy of Redress Forum: What it means to be Muslim in Canada today.

The GVJCCA Human Rights Committee is presenting another Legacy of Redress Forum sharing the perspective of what it means to be Muslim in Canada today. Guest speakers are Itrath Syed, PhD Candidate of School of Communication at SFU and teacher of Women’s Studies, Langara College, and Hasan Alam, a lawyer working on civil rights and community education.


Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 2 to 5PM
Place: Tonari Gumi, 42 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC


Please come to this forum to learn about the Muslim community in Canada.  Why did Japanese Canadians experience a horrible déjà vu after 9-1-1? Are Canadians who are Muslim today’s “Enemy Aliens” as Japanese Canadians once were?  Let’s discuss what can be done to combat Islamophobia.


Refreshments will be served.