Asahi players and friends

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

The Club and the community


Young Nikkei women admired the players. Marie Kawamoto and her teenage friends watched the team play in the park from the second floor Uchida residence on Powell Street. “My, they were handsome ...,” she reminisces. To marry an Asahi assured a good match and community status.


Asahi players and friends, Stanley Park, April 14, 1933. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.