The Lethbridge Bulls Partnership with Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens is about more than baseball—it's about history. From 1914-1941 the Vancouver Asahi were a popular and competitive baseball team. After Canada declared war on Japan in 1942, 22,000 Japanese Canadians were forced into camps, and spread throughout BC and Alberta. Although another Asahi game was never played, the players still kept their jerseys and began creating new teams throughout Southern Alberta. At the end of the month, Nikka Yuko Japanese garden is going to put some of the artifacts from those teams on display.
"It's a powerful story to show how that community has come together," says Garden Events Manager, Melanie Berdusco
The exhibit will open on June 29.