Asahi championship team and supporters, 1926

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.


An enthusiastic follower of a sport.

Into the Mainstream


Because baseball played such a big part of people’s lives in that era, the Asahis were visible, successful figures for both the Nikkei and wider community in Vancouver and around the Pacific Northwest. As fan Frank Moritsugu recalls, the team “made it possible for the rest of us Nisei to hold our head higher.”


Detail of commemorative portrait of the Asahi championship team and their supporters at Powell Street Grounds, 1926. Main Studio. Courtesy of the Kitagawa Family.