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
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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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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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Japanese charcoal pit kilns located

Japanese charcoal pit kilns have been located in Mouat Park

The Japanese Garden Society is launching a new project in partnership with the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission – the Restoration of the Japanese Charcoal Pit Kilns. As PARC has been such a great partner, we are feeling very hopeful about the project.

The society has started a fundraising campaign to raise funds to get the project moving. We recently received some good news that we’ve been chosen to receive grants from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Salt Spring Foundation.

Go to Japanese Charcoal Kiln Restoration on our website for more details.

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Please take a look at our latest newsletter. An article about the restoration project of Japanese charcoal pit kilns in Mouat Park is on the second page of the newsletter.

JGS Spring 2015 Newsletter

Click here to download a pdf copy of the Spring 2015 Newsletter.