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Burnaby shares a special connection with Japan: in 1965, Burnaby and Kushiro entered into a sister-city partnership. Burnaby was one of the first communities in Canada to recognize the economic and cultural opportunities of “friendships” with Asian cities and has supported a very active sister city relationship with Kushiro, Japan since 1965. In fact, the amazing totem sculptures in Kushiro Park atop Burnaby Mountain were installed 25 are a result of the Burnaby-Kushiro sister city relationship. The installation of the sculptures commemorated 25 successful years of economic and cultural exchange between the two Pacific coastal cities.

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is a place that honours, preserves and shares Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history. The muli-use cultural space is less than a 10-minute drive from Telford on the Walk. On May 14th, from 11 am to 3pm, The Nikkei Centre is hosting a Spring Bazaar, featuring new and gently used Japanese goods including home décor and plants. There will also be a variety of tasty Japanese food to enjoy! Funds raised will go toward Nikkei Centre and events/programs promoting Japanese culture.

Learn more about the Spring Bazaar here.