Softball game, East Lillooet, B.C.

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

Baseball in the Camps

Asahi spirit

Just as the Asahis were a bridge across communities, in the camps the players’ games of baseball once again brought people together. In Lillooet, former Asahi infielder Kaye Kaminishi and ball players in the camp made a team to play with town residents, breaking down the barrier between the town people there and the exiled Nikkei.

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Softball game, East Lillooet, B.C., ca. 1943. Kariatsumari Family Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum 94/71.005.

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