Hiroshima Kenjinkai picnic

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

Facing Racism

Mutual support

Tightly knit associations like the kenjin-kai, farmers co-operative, millworkers union, and Gyosha-dantai cared for the well-being of newcomers and provided support in the Nikkei communities. Nikkei founded hospitals, schools and social groups. Churches offered their services. Families and neighbours looked out for each other.


Hiroshima Kenjinkai picnic, Vancouver, B.C., ca. 1920. Shokichi Akatsuka, photographer. Shokichi Akatsuka Fonds. Japanese Canadian National Museum 92/20.008.