The Changing Tides photo exhibit at the Nikkei Centre in Burnaby showcases the efforts of a group of former teachers who worked in Japan and who are now working to raise awareness and funds following the devastating disasters of March 2011.

These former teachers participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and lived in towns, villages and cities across Japan working in public schools and city halls. Some of these places included areas that were struck by the disasters.  

The exhibit is presented by the JET Alumni Association of BC and features photos from JET participants that highlight the natural and cultural beauty of Tohoku, while other photos capture the chaos following the disaster and the ongoing efforts to rebuild and restore the area. The exhibit also includes anecdotes from former JET participants who share their experiences and connections to their Japanese “home away from home”.

A silent auction event will be held Saturday, February 18, from 6-9pm at the Nikkei Centre to raise funds to support Japanese NGOs who are actively working in Tohoku. This event will feature live performances, refreshments, and the chance to bid on some amazing items such as unique Japanese crafts, hotel stays, harbour cruises, to name just a few.

Tickets to the silent auction and photo exhibition are $10 and can be requested through the following methods.

Changing Tides Photography Exhibition

presented by the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Alumni Association of BC

January 14th to March 10th

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre 

6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby


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Changing Tides Silent Auction

presented by the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Alumni Association of BC

Saturday February 18th, 6-9pm

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre 

Tickets to the silent auction and photo exhibition are $10 and can be requested through tickets[at]

Tickets can also be purchased in advance and are available here

There are also a small number of tickets available at the Nikkei Centre. Enquire at the Nikkei Centre museum.

To see a list of our sponsors, please see our Sponsors page.

Auctioned photos will only be available after March 10. Delivery can be arranged.

To see other items available in the Silent Auction, please see our Silent Auction items page.


To donate snacks/appetizers at the silent auction please contact social[at]

About the Non-profit Organizations (NPOs)

Fundraising efforts through the Changing Tides silent auction will support Japanese NGOs and NPOs who are actively working in Tohoku.






Peace Boat

Founded in 1983, Peace Boat is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The organization works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment through global educational programs, cooperative projects and advocacy activities on global peace voyages. 

As part of wider peace building activities, Peace Boat has carried out emergency relief operations for the past 15 years, delivering emergency assistance and raising funds, as well as coordinating the dispatch of experienced logisticians, interpreters and volunteer teams to affected areas all over the world.

Since March 16, 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Peace Boat has been acting in a coordination role between Ishinomaki’s local government and the many NGOs, institutions and individuals offering help in the area. Peace Boat has been dispatching 100-250 volunteers weekly to assist in emergency relief efforts and is working towards the safe return by residents to the still inhabitable areas of the town and a speedy re-generation of the community.






Living Dreams and Smile Kids Japan 

Living Dreams was established as a non-profit organization with the dream of making a real difference in the lives of orphans living across Japan’s 552 “Children’s Homes.”  The mission of Living Dreams is to create consistent opportunities for children to help them find inspiration, build confidence and receive critical guidance and support.

Smile Kids Japan is a non-profit organisation created in 2008 to encourage communities across Japan to organise monthly, interactive group visits to orphanages. The goal of the visits is to support healthy development through friendship, mentoring and internationalisation. Smile Kids Japan has formed strong relationships with children and staff at 24 orphanages in 18 prefectures. They have also formed an amazingly committed, diverse and creative nation-wide volunteer base that is 500 members strong and growing. 

After the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in March 2011, Living Dreams formed a partnership with Smile Kids Japan to provide immediate and long-term material and emotional support to orphanages, in Tohoku and other areas, directly and indirectly affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Through the partnership, these NPOs have provided and continue to support orphanages with necessities and services to help children regain a sense of stability in their lives and move past the tragedy they’ve endured to build healthy and happy futures.