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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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Obon Grave Washing – Sunday, August 19th (10am start this year!)

Obon Grave Washing (2018)

Cost: FREE

ALL ARE WELCOME

Kakehashi (Bridge) Stone

Schedule

10:00am – Grave Washing (meet at the Kakehashi Stone)
12:30pm – Picnic Lunch (bring your own bento)
2:30pm – Obon Buddhist Service

Hosted by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Japanese Friendship Society with support from The Old Cemeteries Society – we invite you to come and participate with us in honouring those who have gone before.

Ross Bay Cemetery Map showing Japanese Grave clusters.

10:00am – Grave Washing

2013 Grave Washing

2013 Grave Washing

Everyone meet at the Kakehashi Stone at 10:00am (donations of flowers are welcome, please bring at this time) and then cleaning teams will be assembled to proceed with:

  • Cleaning of gravestones
  • Laying flowers and toys for children’s graves
  • Preparing the Kakehashi Stone

12:30 pm – Picnic Lunch

After the grave washing is complete we invite all to stay for a picnic lunch. Please bring your own bento and the VNCS will provide light snacks, tea and water. This will be a time for folks to get to know each other better.

2:30 pm – Obon Service

Obon Service 2011

Obon Service 2011

Obon service led by Reverend Grant Ikuta, Resident Minister of the Steveston Buddhist Temple and Bishop of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada

Hope to see you there!

Ross Bay Cemetery map – http://www.oldcem.bc.ca/brochurerbc.pdf
Ross Bay Cemetery website – http://www.oldcem.bc.ca/cem_rb.htm

What is Obon?

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honour the spirit’s of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their graves. It is when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.” – from Wikipedia

This is a time for us to get in touch with our past, expressing our true joy and gratitude to not only our immediate ancestors, but to all past causes and conditions that have allowed us to be here today. It is the ultimate recognition and celebration of the oneness of life that has existed in the past and that we continue to be a part of today.

Japanese-Canadian Graves at Ross Bay Cemetery

The Japanese-Canadian community in Victoria was exiled by the Canadian Government during the Pacific War (WWII) and very few ever returned. Therefore, there are no descendants to care for the graves in Ross Bay Cemetery. The VNCS and Victoria Japanese Friendship Society are pleased to continue the work of the Kakehashi (Bridge Building) Project along with the Old Cemeteries Society in caring for the Japanese graves. For more information please read: http://www.jccovictoria.ca/rossbay.html.

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The VNCS and FUDO Japanese Restaurant present JAPAN FEST (July 28)

Come join us at Broadmead Village Shopping Centre on Saturday, July 28, 2:30 to 4:30 PM for Japan Fest. Enjoy an afternoon of taiko featuring Uminari Taiko , bon odori by Furusato Dancers and some delicious Japanese cuisine from FUDO Japanese Restaurant. FUDO will be offering a special $6 snack menu for this occasion and 50% of the proceeds will go to the VNCS. Hope to see you there!

VNCS Summer Social 2018 (Tanabata Family Picnic) – July 7th

VNCS Summer Social
Tanabata (Star) Festival
Family Picnic
Esquimalt Gorge Park
Saturday July 7th
11am – 2pm

This event is open to all VNCS members and their friends. This event is less structured to allow folks to get to know each other better.

Please bring your own bento (lunch) to Esquimalt Gorge Park at 11:00am. The park has large picnic tables, lots of parking and full restroom facilities at the Gorge Waterway Nature House.

Make a wish to celebrate Tanabata

We’re pleased to provide tanzaku (coloured paper for writing wishes), origami paper for decorations and small bamboo for hanging the tanzaku that each family will be able to take home with them. Tanabata (Star Festival) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

tanzaku

Cool off with some Kakigori!

We’ll also be making kakigori (shaved ice dessert) for everyone. Kakigori – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakigori

kakigori


Questions?

Please direct questions to our organizers:

Kana Mercer

 

Don’t forget to wear your yukata or jinbe!

 

Cherry Blossom Festival at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – March 18th


Cherry Blossom Festival at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV)

This year’s Sakura: Cherry Blossom Festival will be hosted at AGGV as part of their Family Sunday.
Date: Sunday, March 18
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss Street)
Admission by donation

All ages, everyone welcome! Join us for an afternoon of art making, performance and poetry!

A collaboration with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, City of Victoria and Haiku Arbutus. With support from Silk Road Tea, Jaga Silk and Ume Silk. Admission by donation for this special Family Sunday.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please contact Yukari Peerless at yukaripeerless@gmail.com if you can help at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Many hands make light work! We thank you in advance.

Want to join the VNCS Web Team?

Want to join the VNCS Web Team?

Do you enjoy volunteering and giving back to the community? Are you familiar with (or want to learn)  web technologies such as WordPress, HTML, CSS and JavaScript?

The VNCS is looking for additional web admin help.

Duties include:

  • posting events/articles to the site as required by various board members and other organizations
  • keeping the WordPress platform up to date
  • testing new functionality before it is released

If you are interested in joining the web side of the Communications Team send an email to info@vncs.ca with a bit of background on yourself and why you would like to help out!

Cheers,
Craig
On behalf of the Communications Team

VNCS Board Members Needed

The VNCS AGM is on Feb 4, 2018. In preparation for the new fiscal year we need to finalize the make up of the VNCS Board (http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/about-the-vncs/vncs-board-of-directors/). Here is why you should consider becoming a VNCS Board member!

The VNCS is a very vibrant, active and successful Japanese Cultural organization. Each year we continue to add new programs, hold special events or grow our established activities. Our Cultural Society compares quite favourably to other Nikkei organizations across Canada, which for the most part have a larger and more established Nikkei community. One of the reasons for our growth and success is the leadership provided by the VNCS Board. We have been fortunate to have dedicated and hard working Board members who believe in what the VNCS is doing. Although we have added new Board members in the past several years, there is still a need for more new Board members. One, to provide a break for some of our longer serving Board members and two, to bring in new energy and ideas to the VNCS Board. The time commitment is small as we only meet 8-9 times a year but the rewards and impact you can make can be big.

Are you looking to serve and make a difference? If you are interested or require more information please contact Tsugio Kurushima at tsugkurushima@gmail.com.

2018 VNCS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
2018 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser Street.
(Craigflower Room which is just to the right of the rear entrance…also known as the dance studio.)
Registration – 9:30 am
AGM – 9:45 am – 11:45 am
Guest Speaker – 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT
(Memberships can be created/renewed at the AGM)

Guest Speaker – Susanne Tabata on Japanese Canadian Artists Directory.

Details to come.

Mark your calendar!

2018 Mochi Tsuki Shinnen Kai and Potluck Dinner

Kagamimochi

2018 MOCHI-TSUKI KAI and POTLUCK DINNER

Presented by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Japanese Friendship Society and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Esquimalt Rec Centre
3:00PM – 6:30PM
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

Please join us for a potluck dinner, entertainment and interactive participation including mochi-pounding and traditional games to celebrate this New Year.

Volunteer Help Needed – the old adage “many hands make light work” is best demonstrated at an event like this celebration day and we are looking for assistance from all groups with: Set-up, Kitchen Crew, Greeter, Mochi or 50/50 Sales, Food Table Monitors, Games and Take-down.

Contact Debbie Ibaraki at ibarakidebbie@gmail.com if you can help.