• 2020
  • Construction begins on new building

    Construction has begun in the green space outside of Nikka Yuko's garden walls. 

  • 2020
  • New Building Ground Blessing Ceremony

    On September 11, 2020 the Lethbridge & District Japanese Garden Society blessed the ground for the Nikka Yuko Bunka Centre. Elder Calvin Williams presented the Land Blessing and Reverend Yasuo Izumi presented a Calming of the Earth Spirits Ceremony. 

    In attendance were members of the Society, Mayor Chris Spearman, the Consul-General of Japan Mr. Kobayashi as well as key members from the City of Lethbridge who have been integral to the success of this project. 

  • 2019/2020
  • April 6

    City Council votes 7-2 to move the project forward

  • 2019/2020
  • March 30

    Society does a presentation regarding the operational costs of the new building and fee for service needs

  • 2019/2020
  • March 23

    Postponement due to COVID-19 - New meeting date set for March 30

  • 2019/2020
  • March 16 - 20

    Society provides Council with information regarding operations and need for new building to continue

  • 2019/2020
  • March 16

    Society provides Council with information regarding operations and need for new building to continue

  • 2019/2020
  • March 4

    Society provides Council with information regarding operations and need for new building to continue

  • 2020
  • February 24 Meeting

    Decision was postponed/tabled due to CIP groups not having enough time to respond to the motions and more information was needed by groups

  • 2020
  • City of Lethbridge

    Council put forward a motion to discontinue the project on Thursday, February 20 for the Monday, February 24 meeting

  • 2020
  • City of Lethbridge

    Construction drawings were submitted to City for review and discussion on starting the RFP for construction

  • 2019/2020
  • City of Lethbridge KPMG Review

    City Council requested a report on the status of ALL CIP projects approved for review.

    Society working with City Manager and Administration on a Joint Operations Committee to find effective and efficient ways to work together.

    This includes continuing the Fee for Service Contract Discussions that are going year from year.

  • 2018/2019
  • RFP for Architect Awarded

  • 2019
  • New Building Program Development

    University of Lethbridge - Centre for Oral History & Tradition

    Lethbridge College - AV and VR Programming development

  • 2019
  • Society Hires Exhibit Consultant (Society Paid)

    Phase One study done on the exhibit piece. Exhibit research and design in coordination with new building design

  • 2019
  • Public City Engagement - City of Lethbridge

    ATB Centre open house on all City projects including Nikka Yuko - information on the design (City & Society collaboration)

  • 2019
  • World Attraction Consultants (Society & Government of Alberta)

    Vision XS - Nikka Yuko focused on design, space, products and operational cost business planning

  • 2018
  • 4 Year City Budget Cycle

    Society presented a 4 year plan as per City process. Increase was for covering basic staffing without the new building for 2 years (September 2018)

    City and Society agree that a year by year contract until more information of design and operation of the new building was complete (Approved in 2018/2019)

  • 2018
  • World Attraction Consultants (Society & Government of Alberta)

    Vision XS Market 5 Business Model Consultation (Market, Space, Experience, Cost, and Operations)

  • 2017/2018/2019
  • Society & Travel Alberta Cost Share

  • 2017/2018/2019
  • Society/Travel Alberta

    Nikka Yuko signs contract with Viator & Expedia and starts to promote Nikka Yuko to the travel trade

  • 2017/2018/2019
  • Canada's WestMarketplace

    Nikka Yuko is the first and only Lethbridge attraction until 2019 to attend this travel trade conference to promote Nikka Yuko as a destination to worldwide companies

  • 2017
  • CIP Submission - New Building

    Capital Improvement Program (CIP) submitted by City department for consideration

  • 2017
  • Travel Alberta Paid Scholarship Program

  • 2017
  • Export Ready Consult &Training

    Society participated in learning about the travel trade and export ready products and experiences

  • 2016
  • Capital Project Grant- City of Lethbridge

    Planning assistance for a possible new building - Estimate One

    50/50 City & Society
    Society/City Collaboration

  • 2014/2015
  • University of Lethbridge Studies

    Initial Marketing & Final Marketing Research Report
    Feasibility Analysis
    Business Plan

    • 2013/2014
    • Donation

      $100,000 was given to Nikka Yuko by Mr. Alex Yanoshita in honour of Mr. Broder