Treasures from the Nikkei National Museum: N. Matsubayashi Japan Rod & Gun Club Membership Card
This membership card, belonging to Nakataro Matsubayashi, reveals the existence of the Japan Rod and Gun Club of Vancouver, B.C.
The card is signed by N. Matsubayashi, bearer and certified member, and A. Fujiwara, Secretary. It features a gilded edge and a metallic seal.
The club seal is particularly interesting as a distinctly Japanese Canadian design. The seal design features images of the rising sun, a Canadian maple leaf and the head of a hunting dog behind two crossed rifles, all within what appears to be a hunter’s pocket watch, labelled with the club name.
Little is known about this club, where in Vancouver it’s activities were organized or took place, and who else was a member.
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Title: N. Matsubayashi Japan Rod & Gun Club Membership Card