Sports day event, 1919

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

nisei (nee-say)

Japanese term meaning those of the second generation; people whose parents were born in Japan.

Powell Street, Vancouver

Families and school

With economic independence, Nikkei families began to grow. The Vancouver Nippon Kokumin Gakko – Canada’s first Japanese school – was founded in 1906 to educate the children of the Nikkei community, the Canadian-born nisei.

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Sports day event in front of the Vancouver Nippon Kokumin Gakko, July 1, 1919. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.

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