Asahis and Seattle Taiyos

Nikkei (neek-kay)

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

The Leagues

Pacific Northwest championship

The Asahis played other teams of Japanese descent in places around British Columbia in exhibition games, though they did not compete in a Japanese ethnic league. But every year up until 1941, the Vancouver Asahi team contested the Pacific Northwest championship with a Seattle club.


Vancouver Asahis and Seattle Taiyos, Seattle, Washington. July 1, 1934. Ochi Studio, Seattle. Photo compliments of G.Y.N. Courtesy of Reggie Yasui.