The Japanese Canadian community in Edmonton has roots after people started to settle in the area enjoying the freedom of movement after being interned during WWII. At first, groups were organized around a need for a Food-Co-op to assure a supply of Japanese food. A formalized community organization grew to facilitate the emerging needs and to discuss cultural and historical preservation. Families would come together to have community picnics and holiday celebrations. A Japanese language supplementary school was founded in Edmonton in 1977 and continues to this day. Japanese Canadians received a formal apology from the Federal government for their treatment during WWII and a redress settlement in 1988. This allowed the current Edmonton Japanese Community Association to move permanently into a shared facility with the Argyll Community League. Nowadays, the community continues to share Japanese culture through programming and festivals, and has a number of cultural clubs that operate out of the centre. We stay connected with other community leagues across the country and with the National Association of Japanese Canadians to keep current with issues and projects in our larger community.
Edmonton Japanese Community Association
The Japan Pavilion is one of the founding countries in the Heritage Festival, beginning in 1977. We have enjoyed a partnership with the Edmonton Japanese Community Association since that time. Our goal is to share Japanese Canadian culture with the huge population that attends Heritage Festival. We like to show Japan’s rich culture through crafts, merchandise, food sales and live performances. We can connect you with clubs and groups in Edmonton that practice Japanese cultural activities. You can find us by looking for the orange tori gate and our large koinobori carp flags.