Kutsukake family


In the period from 1868 to 1912, during the reign of the Emperor Meiji, after more than 200 years of foreign policy restrictions Japan started its modernization and rose to world power status, particularly after opening up to foreign trade and contact around 1853.

The Club and the community


The Asahi club, like the community, strongly valued isshokenmei (hard work ‘with one’s heart and soul’), gaman (self-restraint), and ganbari (perseverance). The nisei Asahi players inherited these Meiji-era ideals along with their pioneering parents’ spirit of fortitude, to carry life’s hardships confidently.


Kutsukake family, Vancouver, B.C., ca. 1923. Ken in uniform, 11 or 12 years old. Ken and Rose Kutsukake Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum.