For the past two years, Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden has hosted the Golden Maple Reception as an annual fundraiser for the garden. We rely on the support of our community to continue growing our garden and have worked with the University of Lethbridge, Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs (SACPA) to create an eyeopening speaker series to tell the stories of Japanese-Canadians.

We were honoured to host Dr. Darren Aoki of the University of Plymouth and Dr. Carly Adams of the University of Lethbridge who presented their work with the Nikkei Memory Capture Project this September 2019. Their project focused on capturing the voices and untold stories of the founders and key people involved with the creation of Nikka Yuko. We also were pleased to have the Little Lethbridge Opera Company perform a beautiful rendition of Madame Butterfly at the Galt Museum as part of this reception. 

Stay tuned for more details in late summer 2020 as we announce our next speaker for the Golden Maple Reception!