Mandate: to promote the profile of the organization to the cultural, social, political and mainstream communities; and participate in Downtown Eastside community-building efforts


  • Liaises with other arts and community organizations to foster awareness and partnerships
  • Liaises with local and national Japanese Canadian cultural and social organizations
  • Meets with community leaders
  • Identifies issues around location (specific concerns of the Downtown Eastside)
  • Works cooperatively with other neighbourhood organizations (such as Oppenheimer Park Committee, DTES Community Arts Network, Heart of the City Festival) to promote change and support to renew the area

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Emiko Morita at emiko [at] or 604 739 9388.

Current Members

Margaret Hsieh
Angela Kruger
Emiko Morita
Maryka Omatsu
Kathy Shimizu
Edward Takayanagi
Rika Uto
Nicole Yakashiro

Members’ Bios

Originally from Alberta, Edward Takayanagi attended university in Japan on the Monbusho Scholarship and lived in Kyoto for 4 years studying archaeology. He moved to Vancouver upon returning to Canada and attended Law School at UBC. After working for a Japanese plastics company for a number of years and practicing law in Vancouver, he is currently working Coast Mental Health Foundation. Edward has also been the president of the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society, is on the board of the Tomoe Arts Society and volunteers frequently with other community organizations.

Emiko Morita is a hapa sansei who has been active in Vancouver’s cultural scene for over 25 years; her earliest grassroots experiences include the Powell Street Festival and the Chinese Cultural Centre’s art event Racy/Sexy. As a book marketer, she had worked with some of Canada’s leading writers and served on the board of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop.