Welcome to Nikkei Tapestry
Nikkei Tapestry explores the history of four generations of Japanese Canadians in southern Alberta: the Issei, Nisei, Sansei, and Yonsei. This exhibit also includes the story of the Idosha who were relocated from the west coast of Canada during the Second World War and touches on the growing community of Hapa or those with partial Japanese heritage. Another wave of Japanese people, the Shin Issei, immigrated to Canada starting in the 1960s.
Each shares its unique story of how they balanced their own culture, heritage and assimilation into Western society.
Review the Orientation or choose a chapter below
Chapters on different Japanese groups
Almost 10,000 Canadians were Issei: immigrants from Japan or Japanese … View this chapter about The Issei
With the advent of the Second World War, many Japanese Canadians were … View this chapter about The Idosha
The Nisei were Canadian-born and Canadian-educated. They were taught … View this chapter about The Nisei
The Sansei & Beyond
The Sansei are the third generation, children of the … View this chapter about The Sansei
The Shin Issei
The fourth generation of people of Japanese Canadian descent is fully integrated in the broader society. View this chapter about The Shin Issei