The Japanese community had a strong presence in Chemainus during the pre-Second World War era. (Photo submitted)

The Japanese community had a strong presence in Chemainus during the pre-Second World War era. (Photo submitted)

Japanese community big part of Chemainus

Class photo from the pre-Second World War era

The Japanese community had a strong presence in Chemainus, as this pre-Second World War class photo illustrates.

The exact year and school can’t be made out from the photo. Anyone know?

You can see more great photos at the Chemainus Valley Museum.

It’s currently closed for the season, and it’s just been announced will not be reopening until March 1.