Tasaka Wall Interpretive Panel Unveiling in Ganges

A new interpretive panel about Isaburo Tasaka’s masonry work will be installed in Ganges.

The unveiling gathering will be held on Monday, September 30th from 2pm on the boardwalk behind the Tree House Cafe. Isaburo’s grandchildren, Chuck Tasaka and Yvonne Wakabayashi, will be present at the event.

The interpretive panel was created by the Salt Spring Historical Society in conjunction with the Salt Spring Foundation and Mouat’s Trading Co.

The panel talks about the foundation rock wall under the Mouat Hardware store that was build by Isaburo Tasaka in the 1920’s. The rock wall can be seen from the government dock at low tide.

Isaburo Tasaka was an early settler on Salt Spring Island. He and his family lived in the village of Ganges on Seaview Avenue. Isaburo, a man of many skills, built two charcoal pit kilns behind his homestead, one of which has been restored and opened for viewing by the public.


Celebrating the Murakami Family

We are celebrating the 65th anniversary of Murakami Family’s return to Salt Spring Island together with the 115th anniversary of Kimiko Murakami’s birth.

Date: September 25th (Wednesday) from 7pm
Location: SSI Library’s Programme Room

We will be screening a short film ‘Kimiko Murakami: Triumph Over Internment‘ narrated by Keiko Mary Kitagawa-Murakami, Kimiko’s daughter. She will be present at the event together with her sister Rose and brother Richard.

The event is organized by Jan Slakov, and co-sponsored by the Salt Spring Public Library and the Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island.

Murakami Celebration















We will be building Mearnie Summers’ Memorial Rock Garden

This is one of our feature projects to commemorate the Heiwa Garden’s 10th anniversary.

Heiwa Garden was conceived by Mearnie Summers in 2003 when she heard Rose Murakami’s talk about her family’s story at the SS Historical Society meeting. She spearheaded the creation of a Garden of Unity and Reconciliation with her partner Caffyn Kelly. The Society was formed in 2004, and the rest is history!

Mearnie was a remarkable person; an activist of gender inequality and LGBT rights, and a pioneer, teacher, and athlete. Sadly, she passed away in 2017. We would like to build a small rock garden in Heiwa Garden to commemorate her passion and keep her legacy alive.

JGS has started fundraising efforts to create this memorial corner.

Island Saving Credit Union is setup to receive donations by e-transfer as auto-deposits (no security question/answer needed).
The e-transfer address is info@saltspringjapanesegarden.com

It would be helpful to indicate the purpose of the donation as a note to us. Also if the donor would like to receive a tax receipt, please include a mailing address in the note.

If you are writing a cheque, please make it out to ‘Japanese Garden Society of Salt Spring Island’.

Our mailing address is:
Box 657, Ganges PO
Salt Spring Island  BC V8K 2W3

Japanese-Canadians weigh a harsh WWII experience — one that surpassed their U.S. cousins

This is a link to an article published by the Japan Times in September 2018 about how Japanese Canadians in BC were treated compared with their US counterpart.


9th Annual Blossom Picnic on Saturday May 11th

Blossom Picnic 2017
Japanese students attending the International Program of the Gulf Islands Secondary School helped Shinobu Murata to demonstrate calligraphy during the Blossom Picnic in 2017.

This year’s Blossom Picnic will be on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 3pm at Heiwa Garden in the Peace Park (opposite side of Artspring in Ganges, Salt Spring Island).

This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of Heiwa Garden. Collaborating with the Japanese community on Salt Spring Island, we will create a festival that will be fun for everyone, featuring music, martial art demos, cultural presentations, and everybody’s favourite: home-style lunches.


8th Annual Blossom Picnic

8th Annual Blossom Picnic
Blossom Picnic poster

Date: Saturday April 14th from 11am to 2:30pm
Location: Heiwa Garden at Peace Park

11:00 Koto performance by Akiko Otsu
11:15 Tai Chi Demo by Seven Stars Tai Chi
11:40 Aikido Demo by Salt Spring Aikikai
12:00 Karate Demo by Brenda Guiled and the Karate Kids
12:30 Taiko Drum performance by Jacob Derksen
1:00 Salt Spring Japanese Children Choir
1:15 Salt Spring Japanese Singers
1:40 African Drum performance by Laurent Boucher and Iroko

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