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News & Updates

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Designated a Provincial Historical Resource
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ainu People of Japan and Blackfoot Nation Music and Dance Performance
Thursday, August 03, 2017

July Celebrations-Volunteers Needed
Monday, July 03, 2017

Nobuki Takamen Concert
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Canada 150th Grant-Community Foundations of Lethbridge and SW Alberta
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden recognized for Garden experience by CNLA ACPP and Canadian Garden Council
Monday, March 13, 2017

Season Passes For 2017 Update
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Provincial Grant Received for Winter Light Festival
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Designated a Provincial Historical Resource


Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Designated a Provincial Historical Resource

The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society and The City of Lethbridge are pleased to share that the Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden (Japanese Garden) has been designated a Provincial Historical Resource. The Honorable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture & Tourism, confirmed this designation on October 19th, 2017, making Nikka Yuko Lethbridge’s 15th Provincial Historical Resource.

This distinction recognizes the Garden’s provincial significance and its importance to Alberta’s natural and human history. Additionally, the Garden is now protected under Section 20 of the Historical Resources Act. This will help ensure that generations to come can find peace and serenity in the Gardens as the original designers intended.

“This designation is another milestone for our much loved Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden,” says Mayor Chris Spearman. “This attraction continues to raise the profile of our city by providing a unique experience for visitors from around the world.”

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden was built to celebrate Canada’s Centennial in 1967. It recognizes the contributions made by citizens of Japanese ancestry to the multi-cultural fabric of Lethbridge. It also serves as a symbol of the international friendship between Canada and Japan. It was built as a “Canadian garden in the Japanese style”.

“We are very proud of this designation,” says Michelle Day, Executive Director of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. “This Garden was built to honour our rich history with Japan and it’s very fitting that the provincial government is also recognizing the value of Nikka Yuko in Alberta’s history.”

The Garden is a living monument to the contributions of Nikkei, emigrants and descendants from Japan. In the post-war period, Southern Alberta had the third largest Nikkei population in the country.

The Garden is also significant because of a long legacy of distinguished visitors. Prince and Princess Takamado of the Imperial Family of Japan officially opened the Garden in July, 1967. They also returned for the 25th anniversary. This past year the Garden had the great pleasure of hosting Princesses Ayako of Takamado for the 50th anniversary.

The Garden continues to place deep value on its connection to Japan which includes, Imperial Family visits, the numerous collogues and friends which the Garden regularly communicates and consults with and the guests which travel from Japan to view the beloved Japanese Garden.          

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:05:12 PM
Ainu People of Japan and Blackfoot Nation Music and Dance Performance


Indigenous Bridges:

Traditional Music and Dance Performances

By the Ainu People of Japan & the Blackfoot Nation


Fri AUG 11 | 1 pm

At Fort Whoop-Up

Indian Battle Park Road, Lethbridge, Alberta

Performance will be held outdoors in the Fort compound, weather permitting.


Traditional Music and Dance Performances by the Blackfoot Nation and the Ainu People of Japan
The Ainu performers are part of Ainu Art Project, a larger group consisting of 23 members
in total which expresses traditional Ainu culture via dance, music and handcrafts.


The Blackfoot drum group is the Yellow Gun Singers, with dance performances
by Jeremy Oka and Torry Eagle Speaker.


Join us for an afternoon of bridging cultures.


Presented with the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary.


Special Event | admission fees apply | free to Fort Whoop-Up annual pass holders


For more information, call Fort Whoop-Up at 403-320-3777

Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2017 at 9:55:19 AM
July Celebrations-Volunteers Needed



To make our event very special we require some support for set up and take down.


July 13th Afternoon-Chair and Table Set Up 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 


July 14th 7:00 am to 3:00 pm  -Flag People for Barricades for Parking.



July 14th 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -Chair moving


July 16th Take Down of Table and Chairs-Morning


July 14th Market Place support.  


July 14th 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (Set UP and Close Help) 


July 15th 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Open and Close Help)


Please contact Michelle Day at (403) 328-3511 or 


Thank you so much for your time and dedication to Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. There will be a volunteer orientation prior to the event.  

Posted on Monday, July 03, 2017 at 10:44:58 AM
Nobuki Takamen Concert


Thank you to all those who supported our first ever collaboration concert with The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival. Nobuki Takamen performance left many of our guests wanting more. 


Nobuki CD's are being sold in our visitor centre. Please drop by and pick one up. Nobuki will be playing in Medicine Hat for their Jazz Festival happening next week.

Nobuki was born and raised in Hiroshima. Now a mainstay in New York, we were amazed by how one man and a guitar can sound. With such detail and harmony the Garden beauty was touched by the sounds he created for his two hour performance.

Thank you to the volunteers and the Coulee Brewing for their beer tasting. Thank you to Rogers Sugar and the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Society for all their support in organising this!

 We will look forward to more concerts in the Garden at a later date. 


Photo credits to Morton Molyneux 

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 8:13:04 PM
Canada 150th Grant-Community Foundations of Lethbridge and SW Alberta



We are happy to announce that the Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society received a grant for $10,000.00 This monies will go towards supporting and documenting our special Canada 150 Celebration and Nikka Yuko 50th Anniversary. The two day event will be on July 14th and 15th. 

Charles McCleary our President was present to receive this wonderful plaque. Tad Mitsui and Rick Williams attended the event as board members. 



Both days will be have a special Asian Market Place located in the Horseshoe pit area just West of the Visitor Centre.

During the two days, Dr. Darren Aoki and his team will be conducting oral history research about the past in Southern Alberta. Keep an eye on our website for more details to come. 


Itinerary for July 14th is as follows 

9:00 am live feed of the dignitaries taking private tour of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. (Garden Closed)

10:00 am Ceremony Start. -Drumming from University Global Drumming and Lethbridge Community Taiko. 

Oh Canada/Japanese Anthem and Native Blessing

Recognition of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden Municipal Historical Designation

11:00 am Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta Bon Odori Dance to "A Wonderful Canada"

Music by Kirara Kato-Masters of whistling performance.  

Lunch and demonstrations. (Garden Opened until 1:45 pm)

2:00 pm Recognition of University of Lethbridge 50th Anniversary, Lion's International 100th Anniversary, Lethbridge Sports recognition and much more. 

Garden opened from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM 

Banquet 6 pm   -Tickets can be purchased at Nikka Yuko. Includes Concert $150.00/person

Amanda Marshall Concert -Concert only Tickets can be purchased through the ENMAX Centre-$50.00 +fees


July 15th

8 to 10 am Lethbridge Bull's Pancake Breakfast

10 am to 3 pm Asian Sport and Craft Demonstrations

6 pm to 9 pm Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta Bon Odori Celebration





Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2017 at 1:47:36 PM
Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden recognized for Garden experience by CNLA ACPP and Canadian Garden Council

Nikka Yuko Executive Director attended the 2017 North American Garden Tourism Conference. Gardens from all over the world show cased their on going changing and diverse gardens and programs. Nikka Yuko meet with garden experts and participated in a two day workshop learning how to build on the the Garden role in our communities as garden tourism continues to grow. 

Nikka Yuko was recognised for being one of the Garden experiences to see in 2015 for Canada 150th celebration.  This national recognition was an honour to receive other respecting gardens from all across our country. 

Thank you to all those who supported Nikka Yuko nomination! 

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:22:22 PM
Season Passes For 2017 Update

Season Passes for the 2017 Season will be available for our 2016 Winter Light Festival starting on December 2, 2016.

                                Prices and Benefits

Season Passes:

Single - $25.00


Couples-$30.00  *****NEW FOR 2017********


Family (Four Family Members) - $40.00


Additional Family Member $10.00/person


 Benefits include

Unlimited entry to the Garden (during regular operating hours)

Entry to our Moonlight Viewings

10% of our Visitor Centre Gift Shop

50% Admission to the Galt Museum, Fort Whoop Up and SAAG

Voting Membership at Annual General Meeting 



All admission rates and season passes include GST. The Garden accepts Visa, MasterCard, Debit, certified cheques or cash. 


Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 8:21:52 PM
Provincial Grant Received for Winter Light Festival

The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society is very excited to announce that the Winter Light Festival will be going ahead this winter. Thanks to a Community Initiative Program (CIP) Grant by the Provincial Government and Corporate sponsors, the Winter Light Festival will run from December 2016 to February 2,2017 on certain nights. 

At our Sake event on October 8th the Honourable Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips brought greetings and the announcement of the CIP grant approval. MLA Maria Fitzpatrick followed with congratulations on this Winter Project. The L&DJGS unveiled the Winter Light Festival Logo after presentations. 

Other sponsors who are supporting the Winter Light Festival are as follows

RBC Platinum Sponsor (Elizabeth Price-RBC Representative in photo)

Lethbridge Lodging Sponsors

Other supporting sponsors

Canadian Badlands

Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

Enmax Centre

Ron and Joyce Sakamoto

Prime Rentals

Subaru Lethbridge 


Other in photo are L&DJG Board Members

Charles McCleary-President

Debra Basil, John Harding, Rick Williams, Michelle Day (Executive Director) 


If you would like to support the Winter Light Festival, please contact

Michelle Day Executive Director. (403)328-3511 




Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 2:00:54 PM
Nikka Yuko Wins For Community Organization at Whoop Up Day Parade.

The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden won first place for the Community Organisation category at the 2016 Whoop Up Day Parade. This year's float included a giant paper machete Dharma Doll & mikoshi, a host donning kendo equipment and some of our usual favourites such as fish kites, Japanese lantern and cedar and pine branches.

The weather was uncooperative but this didn't stop everyone participating and attending from smiling and having fun. We hope you have a happy and safe Whoop Up Days!    



Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1:47:17 PM
Community Foundation-Winter Lights Grant


The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has provided The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society with a $5,000.00 Grant. This will go towards the capital purchase of winter lights.  

The Winter Light Festival will provide an opportunity for Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden to be open in the winter months. This will give us the opportunity to continue our abilities to provide education on Japanese winter festivals and customs. Being a Japanese Canadian Garden, it will allow us to enjoy our Canadian winter fun and traditions as well. 

We continue to fund raise for this new winter program here at Nikka Yuko and will keep everyone updated with our progress. 

Thank you to the Community Foundation for their support in our vision.  

Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2016 at 12:27:16 PM
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