On June 17, some 8 seniors with David Iwaasa of the staff and Noriko Plimley as a volunteer helper spent a couple hours enjoying the beauty and history of Stanley Park. Everyone was transported to the park thanks to Nobuji Hirosawa and Ed Hayashi on their vehicles and the group started off from the bus loop in the park. First stop was the Japanese Canadian War Memorial where the group learned about the sacrifices made by Japanese Canadians during World War I, in particular, but also in Canada’s subsequent wars: World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Afghanistan War where Japanese Canadians gave their lives on behalf of Canada and to further the rights of Japanese Canadians.
Moving on from the War Memorial, the group passed the Stanley Park Pavilion and the Malkin Bowl, learning about how development of the park had evolved over the years while enjoying the beautiful landscaping and the period architecture. Next was a chance to enjoy the roses at the rose garden. From the rose garden everyone made their way past Lost Lagoon and proceeded to the apartment of Makiko Suzuki, Noriko Plimley’s mother. There, in a beautiful apartment overlooking the Lost Lagoon and Stanley Park everyone was treated to cool drinks and delightfully delicious home-made treats.
Thanks to the beautiful weather and the generous hospitality of Makiko Suzuki, everyone had a wonderful time learning a little about our history in Canada, enjoying each other’s company, while participating in a pleasant walk in the park.
Our next walking excursion will take place on Tuesday, July 14 starting at 10:00 a.m. from Tonari Gumi. We will be going to Central Park in Burnaby and we encourage everyone to bring a picnic lunch. Look forward to everyone registering to come.