Endowment Fund Recipients

The SEAD portion of the Fund has been established to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to Japanese Canadians furthering their studies and skills in the visual or performing arts, sports, or academic fields (but is not meant to replace scholarships/bursaries for tuition), and was funded by an initial grant of $250,000 received from the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation.

SEAD grants awarded since inception to March 31, 2019:  $246,540

The Cultural Development portion of the Fund has been established to provide financial assistance in the form of grants for Japanese Canadian cultural programs and activities, and was funded by an initial grant of $350,000 received from the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation.

Cultural Development grants awarded since inception to March 31, 2019:  $667,834

2019 Recipients


John Ota, Toronto

A Place of Pride: Building the First JC Cultural Centre, Raymond Moriyama Architect Exhibit
Granted: $2,500.00


Total Cultural Development Grants Awarded:  $29,850

Paul Kariya, Ucluelet

Project: Gathering of Nikkeis, First Nations, and settlers in Ucluelet.
Granted:  $850.00

Village of New Denver

Kyowakai Book Project
Granted:  $5,000.00

Wakana Takai-MacLean, Vernon

Establishing an introduction to Kamishibai Program
Granted:  $1,000.00

Kelowna Lake Country Japanese Culture Society

Startup of Kelowna Lake Country Japanese Culture Society.
Granted:  $5,000.00

Eiko Kawabe Brown, Toronto

Production of “Home and Native Lands” short documentary shot at UBC and Toronto.
Granted:  $5,000.00

Chuck Tasaka, Vancouver

WWI Japanese Canadian soldiers’ memorial monument for 12 veterans and panel tribute to 3 Vancouver Asahi players.
Granted:  $3,500.00

Brian Smallshaw, Saltspring Island

Publish historical book “As If They Were the Enemy: The Dispossession of Japanese Canadians on Saltspring Island”.
Granted:  $4,500.00

Alejandro Yoshizawa, Surrey

Production of a film about Mary Kitagawa.

Granted:  $5,000.00


2018 Recipients


Eiko Eby, Nanaimo

Participation in the World Cup for Field Hockey for Masters in Barcelona, July 27-August 5, 2018.
Granted: $2500.00


Total Cultural Development Grant Awarded:  $30,000

Angela Foreman, Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association

Project: Workshops of Kaminari Wan Taiko in northwestern Ontario communities including Thunder Bay.
Granted:  $5,000.00

Shirley Shigematsu, Calgary Japanese Community Association

Invitation to Eitetsu Hayashi, Taiko master, to perform and teach a workshop to high level students of Taiko
from all over Alberta.
Granted:  $5,000.00

Bryce Kanbara, Hamilton

Monograph about Japanese Canadian Art and Artists within the Canadian Culture.
Granted:  $1,000.00

Hirokazu Okusa, Burnaby

Book about the history of JC through the lens of the Japanese Martial Art Kendo in Canada.
Granted:  $4.900.00

Sherri Kajiwara, Nikkei National Museum, Burnaby
Revision of the Nikkei National Museum Field trips, research and development of new materials.
Granted:  $5,000.00

Darrell Oshiro, Vernon Japanese Cultural Society
Haru Matsuri Spring Festival project activity and materials: taiko, tea ceremony, koto, sushi, calligraphy and children’s activity.
Granted:  $3,100.00

Matt Miwa, Ottawa Japanese Community Association
Photoshoot of models in kimonos at Takahashi Dojo with photographer Kyoko Tsunetomi who specializes in kimono styling.
Granted:  $1,000.00

Graham Cairns, VR360 Media Inc.
Virtual reality documentary project about JC interned at the New Denver Camp. Use cameras in 360 degrees.
Granted:  $5,000.00


2017 Recipients


Atsuko Tanaka
Travel to 12 World Cup competitions around the world to compete and earn the Olympic spot for 2018 in ski jumping
Granted: $2500.00


Total Cultural Development Grant Awarded:  $28,500

Alan Tanaka, JCCC of Montreal
Project: screening of Japanese and Japanese Canadians films and documentaries on a monthly basis for the community and to welcome others as well.
Granted:  $2500.00

Colleen Lanki, Tomoe Arts Society, Vancouver
Performance of new chamber opera, Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited – a Noh opera
Granted:  $2,000.00

David Tanaka, Lethbridge Nikkei Cultural Society
Host the Ghost Town Bus Tour and offer travel subsidies for 15 Young Leaders under 35 years of age.
Granted:  $3,750.00

Jean-Marcel Duciaume, Edmonton Ikenobo Ikebana Society
Hosting a visiting Professor of Ikenobo Ikebana from Japan. Purchase of ikebana vases for classes and for future use of vases by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society’s workshops and classes.
Granted:  $2.570.00

Maki Ito, Regina Hibiki Taiko
Developing a Taiko program for children and Youth as part of culture and history of Japanese art.
Granted:  $1,850.00

Rumiko Kanesaka, Japanese Garden Society of Saltspring Island 
To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of JC Internment, this group would like to conduct research of other JC communities on other Gulf Islands, especially the history of the charcoal kilns.
Granted:  $2,500.00

Sherri Kajiwara, Nikkei National Museum, Vancouver 
Develop a historical walking tour of the Fairview area, a former area where many JC families lived prior to WWII.
Granted:  $3,500.00

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Vancouver
Producing and performing a play, 1 Hour Photo, a story of the life of one JC’s (Mas Yamamoto) and the effects of world events on his life.
Granted:  $3,830.00

George Uyeda - Kamloops Japanese Community Association
Application for SEAD Grant referred to Culture Development Grant. The committee determined that the KJCA application was more fitting for a CD grant.  The grant is to purchase judo mats for the Judo Club.
Granted:  $1000.00

Lucy Yamashita, individual application (Manitoba)
Grant to purchase umbrellas (kasa’s) for the Aurora Dance Group
Granted:  $4,000.00

Charles Tasaka, individual application (Vancouver) 
Commemorative event to honour 75th anniversary of internment.
Granted:  $1,000.00

2016 Recipients


Lynn Deutscher Kobayashi
Granted:  $2405


Total Cultural Development Grant Awarded:  $35,000

Cindy Mochizuki
Japanese Version of Book “Things on a Shoreline”
Granted:  $4000

Central Vancouver Island JCCS (7 Potatoes)
Forming a Taiko Drumming Group
Granted: $4000

Hasting Park Foundation
Book Project “Nishga Girl”
Granted: $4000

Regina Hibiki Taiko Club Inc.
Training Taiko Workshop
Granted: $1500

Jean-Pierre Antonio
Granted: $2500

Kamloops KJC
Document JC Family Histories
Granted: $2000

Keiko Miyamatsu Saunders
Translation of “Gateway to Promise”
Granted: $1500

Lillian Maguire
Theatre Play “Hidden Memories”
Granted: $2500

Michael Maddeaux
Produce pilot episode with Asian Canadian cast
Granted: $3000

Nikkei National Museum
Commemoration of 100th year anniversary of WWI participation by JC soldiers
Granted: $1500

Edmonton Jpn Community Assn
Natsumatsuri (Japanese Summer Festival)
Granted: $2500

Tamai Kobayashi
Jpn. translation of “Prairie Ostrich”
Granted: $2000

Vancouver Nisei Curling Club
Host 50th Annual BC Nisei Curling Bonspiel
Granted: $2500

Yoshi Inouye
Photo Works of tattoos
Granted: $1500

Yoshie Bancroft
Theatre production based on internment camps
Granted: $2000

2015 Recipients


Jennifer Matsunaga (Ottawa, ON)


Chuck Tasaka (Nanaimo, BC)
Elena Kusaka (Burnaby, BC)
Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island (Saltspring Island, BC)
Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
Kagan Goh (Vancouver, BC)
Mark Kunji Ikeda (Calgary, AB)
Powell Street Festival (Vancouver, BC)
Regina Japanese Canadian Club Inc. (Regina, SK)
Tetsuro Shigematsu (Vancouver, BC)
Vivian Wakabayashi Rygnestad (Richmond, BC)

2014 Recipients


Tyler Nagano (Oakville, Ontario)


Brefni Shuttleworth (Toronto)
Hastings Park Foundation for Rights and Freedoms (Toronto)
Mylee Nordin and Thomas Buchanan (Toronto)
Emiko Morita (Vancouver)
GVJCCA Bulletin (Vancouver)
Regina Japanese Canadian Club (Regina)
Miyazaki House Society (Lillooet)
Victoria Kyudo Association (Victoria)
The Corporation of the Village of New Denver (New Denver)
Nikkei Museum (Vancouver)

2013 Recipients


Lisa Uyeda (Vancouver, British Columbia)


Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon (Whitehorse, Yukon)
David Fujino (Toronto, Ontario)
Japanese Social Services (Toronto, Ontario)
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (Vancouver)
Powell Street Festival

2012 Recipients


Maiko Yamamoto (Vancouver)
Ruthie Sumiko Tabata (Vancouver)
Julia Aoki (Vancouver)


Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC (Toronto) – Nikkei Manga Project
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) – Keisho Conference
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (Burnaby) – On: Art and Internment Exhibit
Lakehead Japanese Canadian Culture Centre (Thunder Bay) – Taiko Workshops
France Benoit (Yukon) – Kiri’s Piano
Jeff Chiba Stearns (Burnaby) – Mixed Match
Seikyu Kai (Toronto) – Kyudo Equipment
Kyudo Association of Canada (Vancouver) – Seminar
Greg Masuda (Vancouver) – Documentary, ‘Goddess of Mercy’
Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa (Montreal) – Tashme Project
Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Japanese language workshops for teachers.

2011 Recipients



Lisa Rie Hansen (Vancouver)
Danielle Jette (Calgary)
Erin Kuwabara (Brantford, Ontario)


Asian Canadian Studies Society (Vancouver)
Kamloops and Area NAJC (Kamloops)
Cindy Mochizuki (Vancouver)
Masako Sharpe (Vancouver)
Hideo Takahashi (Toronto)



Alejandro Yoshizawa (Montreal)


Julia Aoki, Powell Street Festival Society (Vancouver)
Beth Carter, Japanese Canadian National Museum (Vancouver)
Ken Galloway (Toronto)
Rose Murakami & Richard Murakami (Salt Spring Island, British Columbia)
Kenji Tokawa (Toronto)

2010 Recipients


Alexandra Yoshi Allen (Winnipeg)
Christina Sumie Hirukawa (Vancouver)
Amanda Kimoto (Calgary)
Yota Kobayashi (Vancouver)


Momoko Allard (Montreal)
Kaori Kasai (Vancouver)
Pia Massie (Vancouver)
Pangaea Arts (Vancouver)
Sakura Singers Society (Vancouver)
Steveston Buddhist Temple (Richmond)
Jean Maeda (Kawasaki City, Japan & Winnipeg)
Katherine Yamashita (Toronto)
Tiresias (Vancouver)
Rachel Sachiko Mercer (Hamilton)

2007 Recipients



Emma Kimoto, Richmond, BC

Cultural Development

Gendai Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Yayoi Theatre Movement Society, Vancouver, BC
Greater Vancouver JCCA Human Rights Committee, Vancouver, BC
Momiji Dancers Society, Lethbridge, AB
Karen Brownlee, Lethbridge, AB
Kirsten Emiko McAllister, Vancouver, BC


Cultural Development 

Jeff Chiba Stearns, Kelowna, BC
Hiromi Goto, Coquitlam, BC
Heritage Committee, JCCC, Toronto, ON
Terry Watada, Toronto, ON
Takako Yanagida-Lordly, Toronto, ON

2006 Recipients



Steven Uchikata, Toronto, ON, Participation in The Canadian National Junior Ten Pin Bowling Team

Cultural Development

Emiko Ando, Vancouver, BC, Film Production
Yuki Okada, Otawa, ON, Creation of Children's Taiko Group
Betty Inouye,Kamloops, BC, Book Project: Kamloops 30th Anniversary History Preservation Project
Lillian Nakamura Maguire, Whitehorse, Yukon, Photo Exhibit
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, Burnaby, BC, Oral Histories Project
Nikkei Week 2006 Suian Maru Centennial Committee, Burnaby, BC, Celebration to Acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of the Early Japanese Settlers
Mieko Watanabe, Montreal, QC, Video Production on her 60 Year Career & Life as an Ikebana Teacher



Aretha Aoki, Vancouver, BC
Nicole Tsukishima, Lethbridge, AB
Blake Tsuyuki, Port Moody, BC

Cultural Development 

JCCC Heritage Cookbook Project Committee, JCCC, Toronto
Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island, Salt Spring Island
Keiko Tenney-Sean Homma, Vancouver, BC
Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area, Lethbridge, AB
Raiden Taiko, Kamloops, BC
Yamabiko Taiko, Kelowna, BC


2005 Recipients


Tracy Matsuo, Toronto, ON, Research Project: Canadian Nikkei Groups
Kirsten Manley-Casmir, Mississauga, ON, Beach Volleyball World Tour
Naoko Metz, Delta, BC, Research Project: Healthcare for Japanese Canadians
Kim Kobayashi, Vancouver, BC, Ethnomusicology Thesis on Taiko
Bernard Arai, Vancouver, BC, Lessons on Shakuhachi

Cultural Development

Notre Dame High School Alumnus, Port Coquitlam, ON, Printing of School Chronicle
Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Toronto ON. Video Production
Ron Reid, Toronto, ON, Promotion of Japanese Culture
Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Purchase of Library Software & Computer
Japanese Canadian Legacy Project, Toronto, ON, Oral Histories & Web Development
National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Center, Burnaby, BC, BC Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Asahi Community Celebration
Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC, Exhibition of Images of Internment
Calgary Kotobuki Society, Calgary, AB, Production of History Books
Canadian Japanese Ministries, Scarborough, ON, Reprinting of History Book
Masako Fukawa, Burnaby, BC, Teacher's Professional Development Session
Gendai Gallery, Toronto, ON, Exhibition of the Works of Akira Yoshikawa
Kaye Kishibe, Toronto, ON, Preparation of a Manuscript on the History of the Japanese Canadian Volunteer Soldier in WWI
Jack Nakamoto, Ottawa, ON, Publication of Book
Joshua Olson, Vancouver, BC, Documentary Film Project
Powell Street Festival Society, Vancouver, BC, Project Focused Upon the Social & Cultural Histories of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall, Vancouver, BC, Historical Exhibit & Publication for its Centennial Celebrations Project