Asahi baseball team, 1919

Nikkei (neek-kay)

Japanese term meaning ‘of Japanese descent,’ referring to Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

The Dream of a Team

A dream

Baseball attracted fans among the Nikkei and the wider population of Vancouver. They all wanted to see the Nikkei playing ball. The game captivated players and fans alike - and inspired a dream: to build a Nikkei team to play as equals with the mainstream teams.


Vancouver Asahi baseball team, Athletic Park, Vancouver, B.C., June 15, 1919. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.