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 community members and organizations to create an eyeopening speaker series to tell the stories of Japanese-Canadians in Southern Alberta. This beautiful event takes place every September. 

On September 11, 2020 we were honoured to host local award-winning author Darcy Tamayose as our keynote speaker with her presentation, Southern Alberta Okinawan Diaspora (1907-Present): A Kika Nisei Journey. 

Darcy Tamayose is a graphic designer and writer from Lethbridge, Alberta. She works for the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education and also attends the U of L as a master’s student of History studying the Okinawan Canadian diaspora. Odori (Cormorant Books), was Tamayose’s debut novel. It received the Canada-Japan Literary Award in 2008 and was a finalist for the George Bugnet Award for Novel (Writers Guild of Alberta) in the same year. Katie Be Quiet (Coteau Books) was her second novel and was a 2008 Foreword Indies finalist in juvenile fiction.