Tsutae & Hanako Sato Japanese Memorial Library
The VJLS-JH Library has been restored upon completion of the new Japanese Hall complex and was named after Tsutae Sato and his wife Hanako. Mr and Mrs Sato had served VJLS-JH as the Principal and a teacher respectively for over 50 years during the most difficult pre-War and post-War periods.
Today, the library collects over 40,000 Japanese language books including pictorial books, manga and novels. After the University of British Columbia Library, the Tsutae and Hanako Sato Memorial Library has the largest collection of books in the Japanese Language in B.C. As the result of decades of acquisition and continuous donations from the generous individuals and agency in both Canada and Japan, the library is continually updated as an excellent resource center for young children to adults.
Access to Library
The library has been and still is operated by volunteer librarians, and is opened to the general public. Please visit the VJLS-JH administration office on the second floor, if the library door is closed during hours of operation.
Only the VJLS-JH members can borrow the library materials. If any family member is attending Saturday Japanese courses, the whole family is the member of VJLS-JH. For the membership information including annual fee, please contact VJLS-JH office.
Hours of Operation
Library – Room #306, 3rd Floor, Main Building
487 Alexander St, Vancouver
Weekdays: 09:30 AM – 04:00 PM
Saturday: 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM (except during spring/summer/winter breaks)
Library closed on Sunday and Holidays.
The VJLS-JH’s archival records date back to the early 20th century when the Vancouver Japanese Language School was founded. These records trace the century of history of VJLS-JH as well as offering a wealth of information about the history of the Japanese Canadian Community.
Archive collections include textual records (documents product by the Board of Directors, faculty, and student records and publication) and a graphic collection (photographs, slides, films depicting students, faculty, VJLS buildings, and community events, sports).
Please contact us to access the archival records. Access is restricted and require permission from the Archivist.