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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2018 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 27th)

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 19th Annual (2018)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 27th
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

FREE ADMISSION
Family Friendly!

Savour – delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts.

Experience – ikebana, tea ceremony, traditional Japanese dance
and music.

Learn – Japanese cooking, woodblock printing, Japanese cinema,
and Victoria`s Nitobe Garden (All new this year).

NEW THIS YEAR

  • “There’s No Business Like Slow Business: Noh as Slow Art”Cody Poulton (Professor of Japanese Studies Coordinator and Advisor Pacific and Asian Studies at UVic) will be presenting on classical Japanese theatre. (Craigflower Room at 10:45am).
  • The Nitobe GardenPaul Allison (Royal Roads supervisor of gardens and grounds) will be doing a presentation on the Nitobe Memorial Garden at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Craigflower Room at 11:15am).
  • World Class Japanese CinemaDonovan Aikman (Programmer for The Victoria Film Festival since 1998) will be presenting on some of the greatest directors in Japanese cinema. (Craigflower Room at 12:45pm).
  • How to choose and use Japanese knivesYasunobu Uchida (owner of Uchida Eatery) will be teaching about different kind of Japanese knives and how to use them. (Craigflower Room at 1:15pm).
  • Japanese TeaJared Nygard (owner of JagaSilk) will be presenting on Japanese tea. (Craigflower Room at 2:15pm).
  • Selected Works from the AGGV Japanese Art Collection: History, Significance, and Future ApplicationsSu Yen Chong (from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria) will be presenting on the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s extensive Japanese art collection. (Craigflower Room at 2:45pm).

SPECIAL MENTION

Harumi Ota (master potter) will be doing pottery demonstrations in the Kids Room all day (you don’t need to be a kid to drop in and watch!).

Japanese Cultural Fair Floor Map

Program

COMING SOON

Bazaar

The Bazaar area in the Jubilee Hall will feature the following areas:

  • Bake Sale
  • Book Sale
  • JagaSilk Demonstration (Maccha Tea by donation)
  • Shodo and Sumi-e (Custom Designs by donation)
  • Silent Auction (bid on a wide variety of items)
  • Things Japanese (need a little something Japanese for your house? Look no further)

Exhibit Area

The Exhibit area in the Jubilee Hall will feature the following groups available for you to learn more about them:

  • Uminari Taiko
  • Vancouver Island Bonsai Society
  • ビクトリア日本友好協会 (Victoria Japanese Friendship Society)
  • Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
  • Victoria/Morioka Friendship Society

Performance and Demonstration Schedule

Time Slot

Activity

Location

10:15 – 10:40

Taiko Performance #1

Uminari Taiko Hear, see and feel the thunder of Japanese Taiko! Come see Uminari Taiko, Vancouver Island’s premier taiko ensemble, deliver a high energy performance that will move and shake you to the core. Note: Taiko Performance #1 and #2 are totally different sets. http://www.uminaritaiko.com/

JUBILEE Uminari Taiko
10:45 – 11:10

Iaido – The Way of the Sword

Shoshinkai Victoria Iaido
Iaido is the traditional Japanese martial art of drawing and cutting with the samurai sword. The purpose of Iaido is to develop awareness, centeredness, sincerity, a calm mind, and mental and physical harmony through the practice of traditional sword techniques. See Iaido practitioners in traditional outfits demonstrate form and techniques
(waza) of this unique martial art.
http://www.iaido.ca/?page_id=2

JUBILEE
Shoshinkai Iaido Victoria

Tea Ceremony #1

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.

PIONEER B
2012-Japanese-Cultural-Fair-Tea-Ceremony

“There’s No Business Like Slow Business: Noh as Slow Art”

Cody Poulton A friend once called Noh, Japan’s most refined classical theatre form, as “lizards in cold weather.” Why is it so slow? What is the appeal of a performing art that seems to move at such a glacial pace? Or does it? In this illustrated talk I will argue that, like the slow food movement, slow art is good for us on all sorts of levels: physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Cody Poulton has been teaching courses on Japanese culture at the University of Victoria since 1988. Author of numerous books on Japanese theatre, he has also translated kabuki and contemporary Japanese drama for such multivolume series as Kabuki Plays on Stage and Half a Century of Japanese Theatre. He is co-editor with Mitsuya Mori and J. Thomas Rimer of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama (2014).
http://www.uvic.ca/humanities/pacificasia/people/faculty/poulton-cody.php

CRAIGFLOWER
11:15 – 11:40

Aikido

San Shu Kan Aikikai Aikido Aikido (合気道) is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. http://www.sanshukan.com/

JUBILEE Sanshukan Aikido demonstration 2008 (photo by Kevin Dika)

Nitobe Garden

Paul Allison
Details pending.
http://members.shaw.ca/paulcallison/Paul_Allison/Home.html

CRAIGFLOWER
Nitobe Garden
11:45 – 12:10

VJHLS Children’s Choir

Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
The Children’s Choir will perform 3 songs – one about maple leaves (Momiji), One celebrating our differences (Sekaini Hitotsudakeno Hana) and one about singing autumn insects (Mushino Koe) accompanied with music bells.

http://en.vicnihongo.com/

JUBILEE
soran-dancers

Koto Performance #1

Satomi Edwards
The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument dating back to the 7th century. Professional koto player Satomi Edwards will perform traditional and contemporary pieces from Japan. These authentic sounds will take you back to ancient times in Japan.

PIONEER B
Satomi Edwards

Shakuhachi

Hugh Barclay Hugh Barclay is a experienced musician with 50 years of experience playing a variety of brass wind instruments. He took up the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, 15 years ago He will introduce you to the shakuchachi and will perform pieces from each of 3 genres of music – classical, folk songs and modern songs.

CRAIGFLOWER hugh-barkley
12:15 – 12:40

Kendo Demonstration

Victoria Kendo Club
Details pending.
http://www.victoriakendo.com/

JUBILEE

Ikebana Demonstration #1

Michiko Seguev Come to admire and learn more about the beauty of Japanese flower arranging. Sensei Michiko Segeuv will create several arrangements that demonstrate the principles of the basic forms as well as some free style arrangements. A gallery of ikebana made by Michiko’s students will be on display all day.

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Japanese vegetables for your garden

Umi Nami Farms Japanese vegetables are essential to modern and
traditional Japanese cuisine. Many of them are also easy to grow in
your garden and are adaptable to both Japanese and Western recipes.
The co-manager of Umi Nami Farm will introduce a range of Japanese
vegetables and discuss how you can grow them at home. http://www.uminamifarm.com/

CRAIGFLOWER umi-nami-farms

Kamishibai Story Telling

Rebecca Kool
Details pending.

KIDS
12:45 – 1:10

VJHLS Soran Dancers

Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
The Soran Dancers will perform an energetic dance to music based on the Japanese traditional song Soran Bushi. This song is about fishermen in Hokkaido. The choreography depicts fisherman pulling in nets and ocean waves.

http://en.vicnihongo.com/

JUBILEE
soran-dancers

World Class Japanese Cinema

Donovan Aikman
Don’t much about Japanese cinema? Come get the flash tour of some of the world’s best filmmakers with the Programmer of the Victoria Film Festival. From the cinematic giants like Ozu and Kurosawa to the modern master Kore-Eda with some pop-cult stops in-between, we’ll try and find something new for you to love about the silver screen.

Donovan Aikman has been the Programmer for The Victoria Film Festival since 1998 and an amateur Japanophile since he first watched Starblazers on KSTW Channel 11 in black and white as a kid.

CRAIGFLOWER
1:15 – 1:40

Judo Demonstration

Victoria Judo Club The Victoria Judo Club is a non-profit organization in continuous operation since 1957. The club’s goal is to provide high quality instruction in a safe environment for children, youth, and adults. Judo is a martial art and Olympic sport that is practiced around the world. Judo was developed by Japanese educator Dr. Jigoro Kano from traditional Japanese martial arts and designed to be an ideal form of physical exercise. Judo practitioners seek to attain maximum efficiency with minimum effort (精力善用 Sei-ryoku Zen-you). Judo culture promotes mutual welfare and benefit (自他共栄 Ji-ta Kyou-ei). Our instructors are all volunteers and bring the commitment and passion that comes from a lifelong dedication to the sport. http://www.victoriajudoclub.com/

JUBILEE

Tea Ceremony #2

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.

PIONEER B
2012-Japanese-Cultural-Fair-Tea-Ceremony

How to choose and use Japanese knives

Yasunobu Uchida Learn about different kind of Japanese knives and how to use them.
Yasunobu Uchida will teach us how to pick the knives, care for them and demonstrate using them.

Yasunobu Uchida is from Hyogo, Japan and the owner and head chef of Uchida Eatery/Shokudo. He has been cooking for 15 years.

CRAIGFLOWER
1:45 – 2:10

Bon Odori Dance

Furusato Dancers
See traditional Japanese folk dances called Odori or Bon Odori, performed by the Furusato Dancers wearing Japanese yukatas, casual summer kimonos. There will also be an opportunity for you to learn a popular bon odori dance.

JUBILEE
2012-Japanese-Cultural-Fair-Furusato-Dancers

Anime

Tsukino-Con Details pending.

CRAIGFLOWER
2:15 – 2:40

Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

Brian Angene
Brian Angene is a yondan(4th-dan) who was trained in Kobe. He is a founding member of the Kyudo Association of Canada and the founder of the Victoria Kyudo Association. Brian will give a brief explanation of the origins of modern kyudo, the basic movements (kihontai), and stages of shooting (hassetsu). There will also be a display of kyudo equipment and opportunity for questions.

JUBILEE
kyudo

Ikebana Demonstration #2

Michiko Seguev
Come to admire and learn more about the beauty of Japanese flower arranging. Sensei Michiko Segeuv will create several arrangements that demonstrate the principles of the basic forms as well as some free style arrangements. A gallery of ikebana made by Michiko’s students will be on display all day.

PIONEER A
2013-10-26 VNCS Cultural Fair 071

Japanese Tea

Jared Nygard Details pending.

CRAIGFLOWER

Rakugo (Story Telling)

Michael Abe
Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. This rakugo style interactive play follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the man who swallowed a cherry pit. Fun for the whole family, the kids will love it, too.

KIDS
rakugo
2:45 – 3:10

Karate Demonstration

Kenzen Karate Sports Club
Kenzen Sports Karate’s demonstration will highlight our ‘traditional karate’ and ‘sports karate’ training for all ages, which allows our members to then be active in the mainstream karate community through Karate BC tournaments, guest seminars, official Team BC try-outs, BC Games selections, annual trips to Japan and even participation in the Canadian National Championships. It’s an exciting time to be in karate as Tokyo has proposed to include it in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, and since Kenzen officially represents one of Japan’s main style associations (JKF Wadokai 全日本空手道連盟和道会) in addition to being a Karate BC member, our demonstration will include fun examples of the competition kata (forms 形) & kumite (sparring 組手) categories to be seen in the Olympics.
http://www.kenzensportskarate.com/

JUBILEE
kenzen-karate

Koto Performance #2

Satomi Edwards
The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument dating back to the 7th century. Professional koto player Satomi Edwards will perform traditional and contemporary pieces from Japan. These authentic sounds will take you back to ancient times in Japan.

PIONEER B
Satomi Edwards

Selected Works from the AGGV Japanese Art Collection: History, Significance, and Future Applications

Su Yen Chong
The AGGV’s Japanese print collection consist of 6000 prints from the Edo period to contemporary period. The purpose of Su Yen’s research is to better understand the history of collecting and provenance of the Japanese art collection in the AGGV. Her presentation will consist of highlights the Japanese art collection including on a complete set of the Forty-Eight Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige II, with other known complete sets found in the MFA Boston and Museum of Applied Arts in Austria. The second part the presentation will focus on one of AGGV’s most significant donor, Isabel Pollard. Isabel Pollard established the Fred and Isabel Pollard collection in 1960 and over the span of two decades, the Pollard collection grew to consist of a range of artworks from Chinese works to works of contemporary Northwest Coast artists but the collection primarily comprised of Japanese artworks, which Isabel handpicked with the advice of AGGV’s first director and curator, Colin Graham. Working in a collaborative fashion, Isabel Pollard and Colin Graham formed one of Canada’s most comprehensive Japanese art collection which enriched the city of Victoria as a whole besides being of great use to the Fine Arts department in the University of Victoria which was formed in 1968.

Su Yen Chong is a Curatorial Research Assistant in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria focusing on Asian art under the direction of Dr. Astri Wright. Her research interest lies within the arts and culture of the diasporic communities in Southeast Asia. During her graduate studies, she was a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholar where she received funding for her research. She is currently working on reviewing the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s vast collection of Japanese prints. Besides that, she is currently working on an exhibition focusing on the different representations of Mount Fuji under the guidance of curator, Haema Sivanesan.

CRAIGFLOWER
3:15 – 3:30

Raffle & Volunteer Prizes

JUBILEE
3:30 – 4:00

Taiko Finale

Uminari Taiko
Hear, see and feel the thunder of Japanese Taiko! Come see Uminari Taiko, Vancouver Island’s premier taiko ensemble, deliver a high energy fair closing performance that will move and shake you to the core. Note: Taiko Performance #1 and #2 are totally different sets.
http://www.uminaritaiko.com/

JUBILEE
Uminari Taiko

Volunteers Needed!!!

We are short of volunteers to run the Japanese Cultural Fair which is only a couple of weeks away.  Volunteers are needed for the two food preparation work parties and on Fair Day.

Manju Making (Work Party)

Saturday, Oct 20th at St. Aidan’s Church, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Do you have any experience making manju? We could sure use your help!

Fair Food Preparations (Bento Prep and Manju Packaging)

Friday, Oct 26th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre 10:00am to 4:00pm
We need volunteers to help prepare the bento ingredients as well as package the manju.
**Come for the day or part of the day.**

Jubilee Hall Decorations

Friday, Oct 26th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
Do you like working on ladders and decorating walls? We can use a few extra hands to help decorate the main hall at the rec centre.

Japanese Fall Fair

Saturday, October 27th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (All Day)

  • 7 am – 10 am – Setup
  • 10 am – 1 pm – Morning Shift
  • 1 pm – 4 pm – Afternoon Shift
  • 4 – 6 pm – Take down

To volunteer please contact Anika at anikaish14@gmail.com or Maureen at mobird@shaw.ca. We look forward to working with you!

CFAX Interview on the Gorge Park Tea House Initiative

CFAX Interview on the Gorge Park Tea House Initiative (Thursday, August 16th)

Click the link below to hear Adam Sterling of CFAX 1070 Radio interviewing VNCS president Tsugio Kurushima on the recent research by UVIC’s Landscape of Injustice Project (https://www.uvic.ca/news/topics/2018+japanese-teahouse-gorge+news) that is helping to inform/support the intitiative to rebuild a commerative Tea House of somekind in the Esquimalt Gorge Park through the McLoughlin Amenity Funds.

Link to radio interview: http://www.iheartradio.ca/cfax-1070/tsugio-kurushima-president-victoria-nikkei-cultural-society-mike-abe-landscapes-of-injustice-project-manager-1.5948795?mode=Article&autoplay=1.5948795

 

For more on the Tea House initiative click here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/tea-house-initiative/

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.

Proudly Supported By

Obon-Logos

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