The Suitcase Project encompasses more than 40 photographs, 20 short documentaries, audio playback, and a catalogue featuring each photograph from the exhibit. 

Viewers are invited to consider how their family's journey has shaped them, while examining the items participants chose to pack for a journey unknown.

July 5 to 26 2019

Arbutus Gallery 
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
Duncan, British Columbia


July 9, 5 to 8 pm | Opening celebration

Join the opening celebration for The Suitcase Project at the Arbutus Gallery, as members of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society share song and dance.

July 18, 7 to 9 pm | Panel
In collaboration with Cowichan Intercultural Society

A public panel and discussion exploring the issue of "global displacement."

July 26, 10 am to 12 pm | 
In collaboration with Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives

Learn about the University of Victoria's Landscapes of Injustice project, as presented by Michael Abe.

April 7, 2019

Wing Luke Museum
Seattle, Washington

A pop up exhibit for Never Again is Now: The Art and Activism of Millennial Nikkei, presented by the Japanese American Citizens' League and Densho.

November 3, 2018

Meydenbauer Convention Center
Bellevue, Washington

A pop up exhibit for Densho's annual fundraising event, Densho Dinner.

October 6, 2018

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Burnaby, British Columbia

A pop up exhibit for NNMCC's annual Community Awards Dinner.

June 16 to September 2, 2018

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Burnaby, British Columbia


June 16, 2 to 5 pm | Exhibit opening and reception
With special performance: Question 27, Question 28

The struggles and resilience Japanese American female incarcerees faced during the Second World War are woven through this play reading based on transcripts and oral histories from the US government’s “loyalty questionnaire.”

Written by Chay Yew, directed by Tamlyn Tomita, and featuring Laura Fukumoto, Jennifer Spence, Genevieve Fleming, and Yoshié Bancroft.

July 21, 2 to 5 pm | Tsukuroimono: 繕い物
Sewing workshop

Fix or revive a personal item to reuse and/or wear in this hand sewing workshop with Yoriko Gillard.

July 27, 10 am to 5 pm | Tashme bus tour

Visit the largest Japanese Canadian internment camp located in Tashme (now called Sunshine Valley), 14 miles southeast of Hope.

August 5 | Unpacking Our Histories
Community conversation

Unpack complex stories in this cross-generational, cross-cultural conversation at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival.

August 11, 2 pm | What About Us?
Artist talk

Kayla Isomura and videographer Mark Yuen share how The Suitcase Project came together.

"Reminded me a lot of how I fleed my home to Canada. Thank you so much for putting this together, I'm in tears."

-A Russian refugee, 19/07/18

hey, we're travelling!

Following its debut at the Nikkei National Museum, The Suitcase Project is packing up in preparation to travel. If you are interested in the exhibit, please email jcnm [at] nikkeiplace [dot] org.



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