Fundraising Committee

Mandate – to solicit and secure financial support.


  • Annual individual donation campaign(s)

  • Corporate networking and solicitation

  • Special/gala fundraising events

  • Develops fundraising packages and database

  • Research both individuals and organizations to be targeted for fundraising solicitations

  • Donor recognition events

  • Actively participates in promoting the Society through any and all networking possibilities

  • Identifies potential sources of advertising revenue

  • Aid in the identification and development of public funding sources (ie. Government grants and foundations)

Committee Members

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.

Kyle Yakashiro grew up in Abbotsford, BC. Attended the University of British Columbia earning a BA with a double major in math and economics. Previously he worked in marketing for a Toyota dealership. Today he works in financial services as an Account Manager at Vancity Savings Credit Union.

Kimiko was born in Vancouver and raised in Surrey. She attended SFU where she acquired a B.A., B.Ed, and M.Ed. She is a full-time educator, part-time vice principal, sometimes singer, occasional plus-model, and forever excited to connect more to her Japanese culture. 

Holly grew up in and lives in Steveston and is currently the Development and Public Outreach Coordinator at Megaphone. She has been working in the DTES community for the past 7 years and values the intersection of culture and community activism the Powell Street Festival supports. She is a third generation Japanese Canadian with roots on Powell Street as her grandpa was been born and raised there. 

Emiko Morita became the Executive Director of Powell Street Festival in Vancouver 25 years after she first worked as an intern for the festival in 1990. In between, she was Marketing Director at Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, Export and Special Sales Manager at Raincoast Books and Marketing Manager at Polestar Press. She co-founded the Access Copyright Foundation and served as a board member there as well as the Association of Book Publishers of BC, Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and Modern Baroque Opera Society.

Raised in Vancouver, Gawa Desilets moved to Japan for five years. She lived in Tokyo, and later Kyoto, where she worked in marketing in the tourism industry. Now that she is back in Vancouver, she is excited to stay connected with Japanese arts & culture and to serve the community through the Powell Street Festival Society. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

If you’d like to join this committee, please contact emiko [at]