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 Credit Union is setup to receive donations by e-transfer as autodeposits (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
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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.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/30/national/history/japanese-canadians-weigh-harsh-wwii-experience-one-surpassed-u-s-cousins/?utm_source=Daily+News+Updates&utm_campaign=b789068714-Monday_email_updates01_10_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5a6080d40-b789068714-333099457#.W7Dw0vep7qA

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.

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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

Program:
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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Charcoal Pit Kiln Research Project

Galiano charcoal kiln

Kiln on Galiano on Bluff Park

We are very pleased to announce the launch of an exciting project to conduct research on the Japanese Canadian charcoal kilns of the Gulf Islands. We have received a one-time $24,000 grant from the BC | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Fund offered by the BC Museum Association, and a one-time $2,500 grant from the Endowment Fund of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

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