Ki-chi-ra-no historic neighbourhood tour
Kitsilano, or “Ki-Chi-Ra-No” to the locals, was home to the second largest Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. From 1904-1942, over one thousand people settled here and built housing: kyabins (cabins), storefronts, a church, a Japanese Language School, and a public bath. Families ran businesses and worked in the local industries, and children attended Henry Hudson Elementary.
Explore this historic neighbourhood by navigating through 12 scenes with commentary and archival images from the Nikkei National Museum. Click on circles to reveal images and stories from points of interest. This tour is adapted from a 90-minute walking tour developed by the Nikkei National Museum in collaboration with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.
Kitsilano photo: NNM 2014.13.1.19