Francis Nakagawa

Japanese heritage celebrated

On Saturday evening at the IOOF Hall, Summerland celebrated its significant Japanese heritage.

On Saturday evening at the IOOF Hall, Summerland celebrated its significant Japanese heritage.

The program was part of the Summerland Museum’s  Annual General Meeting.

Many of Summerland’s earliest pioneers were of Japanese origin. The presentation began with a photographic  display by Marge Kuroda. Amy Yamabe then provided her memories of school days in Summerland.

Chico Inaba reviewed Summerland’s sister city relationship with Toyokoro Japan. His presentation included photographs of the 2006 and 2010 visits to Toyokoro.

The program concluded with a traditional dance group led by Francis Nakagawa. Her presentation proved popular and many of the audience joined in.

The entertainment for the evening was arranged by museum board member Bernice Shiosaki. In May our Museum will feature a display about our community’s important Japanese heritage.