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2016 News and Information

Nikkei Stories come to life in historic Steveston

26 February 2016

Documentary and technology combine to bring to life the Nikkei Stories, a 10 video series to commemorate the history of the Japanese Canadian community of Steveston. With the City of Richmond app, your smartphone becomes a window into history as you walk throughout Steveston.

“Many of the stories capture the tenacity and ingenuity of the Japanese community when faced with extreme difficulties, racism and injustice. Yet their story is not one of victimization, rather theirs is the story of strength, resilience and grace,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “When you stand where they stood, as you peer into their world through technology, you connect with history and the people themselves.”

The best way to enjoy the films is to take a self-guided walking tour of Steveston, where you will find 10 red-and-black interactive signs. Each sign corresponds with one of the videos of the Nikkei Stories and the locations link to the Japanese community’s history in Steveston. These interpretive signs include a map, a QR code and a link to the Nikkei Stories website.

There are four ways to access the video stories:

  • Use the RichmondBC app to view the videos and receive more information about each location. An iBeacon is attached to each sign. Each iBeacon detects the RichmondBC app and sends you a notification to view the video as you walk past the sign. You can also view the videos at any time on the RichmondBC app by clicking on the Explore tab, and then selecting Steveston Museum and Points of Interest. Visit the Apple app store or Google Play to download the free RichmondBC app.
  • Aim the lens on your mobile device at the QR-code on each sign and scan it. This will connect you to the Nikkei Stories videos, providing you have already installed or have a built in QR-code app in your phone.
  •  Visit the website at
  • Visit the Steveston Museum, where all the videos are on display.

A walking tour brochure is also available. It includes the map locations of the interpretive signs plus additional information about other Japanese Canadian sites in Steveston. The brochure will initially be available at Steveston Museum and then later at select venues across Steveston.

The video stories were produced by Orbit films, in cooperation with the City of Richmond, Telus and the Steveston Historical Society.