Our History

In June 1977, Shigeru Hirai opened the very first Fujiya store in Japan Town at 423 Powell Street in Vancouver. But he felt in order to have authentic Japanese food cooked to finite perfection, it was necessary to bring in and sponsor Japanese chefs from Japan.

Many of these chefs have gone on to open up their own popular Japanese restaurants in the city. But Fujiya's goal from the very beginning until now is very simple: giving customers high-quality Japanese food freshly made at an affordable price.


Raw Fish... Well Done!


Historical Timeline

JUN 1977
Shigeru Hirai starts Fujiya in Japan town, 423 Powell Street across from Oppenheimer park home of the Powell Street Festival.
November 1981, opened Ocean Delight Seafoods, manufacturer of fish cakes and imitation crabmeat.


JUN 1989
Opened Richmond Fujiya on Westminster Highway. In October 2002 moved to 3086 St. Edwards Drive in Richmond located in the same mall as The Brick and La-z-boy Furniture Galleries on Bridgeport Road.

JUN 1991
Opened Victoria Fujiya on Vancouver Island. Underwent major renovation in February 2005 to include an up-to-date kitchen with the goal of adding ready to eat foods and increasing sushi sales.

FEB 1994
Relocated the Powell Street store to 912 Clark Drive. With a central kitchen we are able to make sushi and obentos (lunch boxes) and many other authentic Japanese foods.


OCT 1998
Opened Fujiya Takeout at 1050 West Pender Street in Downtown Vancouver.


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