Looking west on Powell Street

Nihonmachi (nee-hone-mah-chee)

Japanese term meaning “Japan Town,” areas where people of Japanese descent formed a community.

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

Powell Street, Vancouver

Establishing an urban centre

Some mill workers used their savings to become merchants. The commercial core of Vancouver's Nihonmachi began in the 200 block of Powell Street, gradually radiating outwards. The entire block of businesses, mainly general stores, restaurants and labour contractors' offices, was the urban centre of the Nikkei in Canada.


Looking west on Powell Street from Dunlevy Avenue, 190-. Philip Timms, photographer. Vancouver Public Library 13300.