The Nikkei Place Foundation hosted a very intimate concert and dinner earlier this month. The first ever Sakura Benefit, featuring an exquisite performance by Japanese pop star Kohmi Hirose, left all guests feeling musically satiated upon night’s end.


It was an evening rich with music at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel as Hirose, who has sold over 2 million records in Japan, was accompanied by the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, led by sensational conductor Kenneth Hsieh and pianist Trevor Hoffmann on the Yamaha Grand Piano. A special dinner was prepared by Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant. Among the attendees were the diplomatic core for Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Japanese Council General.


A total of $23,355 was raised to help support the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, which is a leading Japanese Canadian organization that provides education programs, museum and archival services, and a community meeting ground for British Columbians and Canadians.


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