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TAIKEN is an overview of Japanese Canadian history from the early immigrants in the late 1800s through internment and redress to recent achievements. An introductory book to the historical timeline and narratives with many images. This book is based on the long-term exhibition TAIKEN on display at the Nikkei National Museum since 2012-2022.

This publication is offered in English or Japanese.

From the introduction:

Since 1877, Japanese Canadians have contributed their skills and abilities to building a prosperous life in Canada. Their personal experiences (taiken) help us understand the challenges of immigration, racism, and the extreme struggles during the Second World War. The early immigrants survived by working together, and supporting each other in close-knit communities. They also found joy – in their family and friends, and in the many sports and activities available during precious leisure time. From the remote fishing villages to the hustle and bustle of Powell Street, and as far as the metropolis of Toronto, the Nikkei community have endured and succeeded through dedication, hard work, and supporting each other. Despite the odds, and even though they are now spread across the country, the Nikkei have flourished, and built a wonderful life for themselves in Canada.