Asahi baseball team, 1921

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

Recruiting Talent

Regional team recruits

The Asahi club also recruited the best players from regional Nikkei ball teams. First baseman Yuki Uno started with the Fairview Mikados before joining the Asahis. Infielder George Hinaga was scouted from as far away as the San Jose Asahi baseball club in California. Players from other northwest Nikkei teams were also called on to play with the Asahis.


Vancouver Asahi baseball team at Hope, B.C., 1921. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.