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About Tonari Gumi

Thriving People, Thriving Community

For almost 50 years, Tonari Gumi has been building relationships and connections with the Japanese Canadian community throughout Metro Vancouver. From its early days as a group of Japanese community volunteers, Tonari Gumi has always been strongly focused on being a supportive community organization. It continues to serve the needs of its members and wider community, helping them navigate life in Vancouver with greater independence. In addition, Tonari Gumi also helps them achieve health, wellbeing and happiness. 

TG’s mission is to bring generations together to provide mutual support, foster belonging and celebrate Japanese Canadian culture.



Effective Engagement

Strive to engage with all generations within the community to increase participation, volunteers, and support our activities.


Support for Healthy Living

Provide navigation services and programs to support healthy, productive, and safe living.


Community Partnerships

Reach out to other groups outside of TG to co-operate, share, and strengthen each other.



Tonari Gumi aims to achieve its objectives by providing a range of services, programs and events to Japanese Canadians. This is done through volunteerism, community involvement and the celebration of Japanese culture. Tonari Gumi also extends a helping hand to everyone in the community so that they can lead more independent, healthy and enjoyable lives here in Vancouver.

Over the next 50 years, the main goals of Tonari Gumi will not change; we will continue to be focused on helping the Japanese Canadian community. We will be providing a safe space where everyone can feel free to come along, join in and connect with others.

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