Established in 1906, the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall (VJLS-JH) [Vancouver Nihon-go Gakko narabi ni Nikkei Jin Kaikan] is a non-profit, community-based and driven organization, committed to education, culture and community.
VJLS-JH is a BC-certified non-profit organization that strives to teach and disseminate Japanese language education and culture. Founded in 1906, VJLS-JH is the oldest Japanese language school in Canada and the only remaining pre-Internment building to be operated by the Japanese Canadian community. In 2019 it was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.
VJLS-JH is a community Institution that promotes through educational and event programming the understanding of Japanese language and culture to all Canadians. Actively uphold the history of Vancouver’s Nikkei community and to facilitate cultural exchange with other multicultural, neighbourhood and international groups with the ultimate objective is to strengthen and enrich inter-cultural communication and understanding among our students and the broader local and global communities.