Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall [FULL]

About the project

Before Powell Street, there was Japan Town. Japanese Hall, which has recently been recognized as a National Historic site, invites you to lead and support the marketing of the educational project called Historic Japan Town Walking Tour. This tour aims to educate people about Japanese Canadian history and lessons of social justice in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). 

As a volunteer, you will learn about Japanese Canadian history from pre- and post-war eras and make history relevant to the present. You will also experience the walking tour with a community tour guide to learn about the DTES.

Over the course of the three days, you will first integrate and improve the content and scripts of the walking tour based on the specific target (i.e. elementary school students, high school students, and post-secondary school students) and later help develop the marketing plan by creating actual promotional material. The result will contribute to on-going walking tours and the Heritage & Educational outreach program.

By the end of the third day, you will have deepened your knowledge and have a better understanding of the hidden history of Vancouver.


Programming Dates
Kick-off Orientation Saturday, February 8 from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday, February 19 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday, February 20 from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

What will you do?

  • Participate in the Historic Japan Town Walking Tour
  • Become familiar with Japanese Canadian history and consider how your learnings contribute to the present day issues of the DTES and globally around the world
  • Modify the content and scripts of the walking tour based on the tour target audience
  • Brainstorm marketing ideas to promote the educational experience (Walking Tour) and create promotional materials


  • Enthusiasm and interest in any of the following:
    • Social change, social justice
    • Community based education (non-class room learning)
    • Getting to know hidden history of Vancouver
    • Asian Canadian studies
    • City planning
    • Marketing/promotion
    • Education
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a group
  • Willing to volunteer in the DTES
  • Open-minded and non-judgmental of residents of the Downtown Eastside
  • Experience with social media is an asset
  • No background knowledge of Japanese Canadian history and language skills required

Placement Location

Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall is located at 475 Alexander Street in Vancouver, BC (see Google map location).

If you have questions

Contact the Centre for Community Engaged Learning about community-based opportunities, programs, and resources.

All in-person services and events have been suspended until further notice.