Matsujiro Miyasaki with Asahi athletes

Founding the Club

Coach Basha Matsu

Matsujiro Miyasaki, a Powell Street shop owner, was the Asahis' first coach and manager. He ran the club from 1914 to 1917. To the team, Miyasaki was known as "Basha Matsu." He would fuel his players for their games with high energy food - tamagomeshi - prepared from his shop.


Matsujiro Miyasaki with Vancouver Asahi athletes, July 3, 1917. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.