Rock, Paper, Scissors at Nikkei National Museum

An upcoming exhibition at the Nikkei National Museum explores connections between Canada and Japan in a unique multimedia installation.

Rock, Paper, Scissors, by Cindy Mochizuki, opens at the museum on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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The multimedia installation includes radio drama, video-animation and sculpture.

“Upon entering the hauntingly mysterious space of K’s restaurant, one is led through an immersive time-travel to sites off the shores of Yonago, Japan to the islands of British Columbia,” a press release notes.

The installation spans the time period from the 1900s to 2100 and, in 60 minutes, invites audiences to experience an immersive trilogy of short stories.

“Each short story bridges a connection between Canada and Japan by way of early Japanese migration and the natural resources of coal, lumber and iron,” the release says.

The release notes the exhibition has special resonance in 2017 – which marks both Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese Canadians.

“This exhibit imagines the complexity of history through a trans-Pacific, speculative fiction,” it notes.

The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre is at 6688 Southoaks Cres. in Burnaby. See or call 604-777-7000 for information.




The Nikkei National Museum is holding a number of special events in conjunction with Cindy Mochizuki’s Rock Paper Scissors exhibition.

Among them:

Opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 4, noon to 3 p.m. Admission free. Limited edition of 50 exhibition lunches available, pre-order recommended, $10, or call 604-777-700, ext. 109

Artist talk: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., free.

Kitsilano Walking Tour: The tour, which runs Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m., includes stories of Tottori immigrants. It costs $10, or $8 for members. Email or call 604-777-7000, ext. 113.

Conversation with Cindy Mochizuki and curator Makiko Hara: Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m., free.

Sunday family corner: Sunday drop-ins are free for families, inspired by gallery exhibitions and seasonal Japanese events. You can enjoy traditional Japanese toys, origami and a special craft related to the exhibition. On Sunday, Feb. 26, it’s print making. On Sunday, March 26, it’s making food with clay. On Sunday, April 23, it’s a giant-making workshop.

More details: 604-777-7000 or

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