Artist(s): Stanley Hiromishi Taniwa

The Lone Scout

Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society Completed: 1991

Dimensions: 6.10m x 2.59m (20’ x 8.6’)

Best Viewed: On the side wall of Sushi Kuni Restaurant.

“Historical Series #30: The Lone Scout”

Edward Shige Yoshida was born in Victoria, BC in 1908, and was raised in the quiet mill community of Chemainus.
In 1929, he realized his dream in starting the 2nd Chemainus Boy Scouts, an all-Japanese Canadian troop and the first of its kind in the country.

The delicate, porcelain plate quality of his portrait in the mural, The Lone Scout, belies the wit, energy and determination of this slightly built but significant character in the life of Chemainus.
Chemainus was home to a community of 300 Japanese Canadians who had settled in the area between 1900 and the 1940s. Millworkers, fishers, business people and their families, all were interned after the attack on Pearl Harbour.

By a series of coincidences, Stanley Taniwa came to paint The Lone Scout, and included in the background of the mural members of his family, then and now.

(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).

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Location: 2869 Oak St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K1, Canada Get Directions