It’s that time of year again. Come out to play or cheer on the annual Asahi Tribute baseball game hosted by Powell Street Festival and Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Vancouver.
The Annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game is a free, inclusive, and family-friendly place to play ball, eat hot dogs and corn, and come together for some summer fun! No previous baseball experience required!
This year, we’ll also have a photo booth to take a photo memory home and PSF’s Asahi Pitch Game ( if you want to try your hand at throwing without actually participating in the baseball game).
The Vancouver Asahi were a Japanese Canadian baseball team that played in the Powell Street area, a historically Japanese Canadian community, from 1914 to 1941. Their home field was Oppenheimer Park.
We gather at Oppenheimer and play baseball every year in recognition of the Vancouver Asahi for their contribution to the sport of baseball and for their place in and impact on the history of Canada, human and citizenship rights, and community-building. The Vancouver Asahi team was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2005: https://
9:30am – Registration begins (We have space for 3 teams of 10-12 players. Sign up is based on first come, first served)
10:00am – Welcome and Introductions
10:15am – Play ball!
12:00pm – Lunch (hot dogs & corn)
1:00pm – Play more ball!
This event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
As Oppenheimer Park serves as a shared “living room” for many residents of the DTES, we ask guests and visitors be respectful of this and of one another during the event.
We thank Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants, Carnagie Community Centre, and Wright Family Farm for support for this event.