VNCS :: ビクトリア日系文化協会

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2017 VNCS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
2017 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street.

Registration 9:45 am
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
(Memberships can be created/renewed at the AGM)


Special guest speaker will be Mr. Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art at the AGGV.
The schedule for the meeting will be:
10:00 to 12:00 – AGM
12:00 to 12:30 – Break
12:30 to 2:00 – Presentation by Barry Till

More details about the AGM will be forthcoming in January but mark the date and hope to see you on February 5, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

2017 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 22, 2017
Esquimalt Rec Centre
3:00PM – 6:30PM

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

The afternoon’s program is as follows:
2:30 p.m. Doors Open
3:00 p.m. Welcome
3:15 p.m. Shakuhachi Music
3:30 p.m. Mochi Pounding Demonstration
4:00 p.m. Japanese Language School Children’s performances –
Soran Bushi and Choir Singing
4:15 p.m. Potluck Dinner
4:45 p.m. Calligraphy and Games (during dinner time)
5:15 p.m. Furusato Dancers
5:30 p.m. Pinata Game
6:00 p.m. Uminari Taiko
6:15 p.m. 50/50 Draw
6:30 p.m. Finish and Clean-Up

As this is a popular community event for all ages, there are a few guidelines that will be in place:

Attendees must be Active Members of the Host Organizations

Admission with a Main Course Dish to share –
Please bring sufficient food to feed your family plus 2 (two) other people
As well, please LABEL your serving dish and utensils with your name and your food item with an ingredient list.

Drinks and Dessert will be provided for guests

To help defray costs there will be a sale of Mochi and a 50/50 draw.

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, Reception Desk Greeter, Mochi or 50/50 Sales, Food Table Monitors, Games and Take-down. Kitchen Crew starts at 1:00 p.m. with Hall Set-Up done at 2:00 p.m.

If you are able to assist, please contact Debbie Ibaraki –
Telephone: 250.721.0258 or
E-Mail: ibarakidebbie@gmail.com

Want to come but have a question? Don’t let your question stop you from sharing an afternoon with us – please contact Debbie Ibaraki either by telephone or email with your question by Saturday, January 21st, 2017.

The Organizing Committee is excited to bring this event to you and look forward to chatting with you at dinner!

Thank You 2016 Japanese Cultural Fair Sponsors & Volunteers!

A big thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that made this year’s Japanese Cultural Fair a big success! お疲れ様でした!And to all you who made it out to the festival we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on!


Proudly Sponsored By:

An event like the VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair is only possible when many people work together. Here the VNCS would like to express a big thank you to our Sponsors/Donors. ARIGATOU!

PLATINUM Level Sponsors

Bento Sushi
Campus Group
CFAX 1070
CTV Vancouver Island (Media Sponsor)
Fujiya Japanese Foods
Kool FM
Monday Magazine
Victoria News

GOLD Level Sponsors

Joyce’s Kimono Closet
Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria
Township of Esquimalt

SILVER Level Sponsors

Allan Mandel & Linda Poole
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Barbara Cameron
Butchart Gardens
Carlton Plaza Hotel, Best Western Plus
Golden City Restaurant
Jack & Elizabeth Watanabe
Jaga Silk
Jean Murata
Jim Pattison Subaru
Joyce Pearlstone
Ken Watai
Kodo, The Way of Fragrance
Lorraine Nygaard
Melody Cornell
Michael Abe
Nubo Japanese Tapas
Obara & Company Chartered Accountants
Rieko Gurney
Rose Oishi
Royal BC Museum
Silk Road Aromatherapy & Tea Co
The Next
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club

BRONZE Level Sponsors

Azuma Sushi
Aiko Sutherland
Amy Kawano
Andrea May
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Catherine Greenwood
Chikara Sushi Restaurant
Clara Chin
Corrine McNeil
Dale Broughton
Deb Shepherd
Debbie Janes
Dee Hoyano
Diane McNally
Dick Nakamura
Gardens at HCP
Geoffray Lucas
Gerry Bell
Itami Sushi
J&J Wonton Noodle House
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jasmine Restaurant
Junko Hicks
Koto Japanese Restaurant
Kuma Noodle Japan
Lisa Nakamura
Margaret Hoyle
Mary A. Mahoney
Mieko Fedrau
Miho Lindley
Milestones Grill & Bar
Munro’s Books
Nana Spence
Naomi Fluglem
Noodle Box
Norma Alison
Pat & Stephanie Kerfoot
Patti Ayukawa
Patti Kagawa
Penny Powell
RocknRoll Sushi
Russell Nursery
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Shiki Sushi
Shirley & Bruce Gorle
Shirley Embra
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Susan Kurushima
Sushi Matsuri
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
The Pedaler Cycling Tour
The Roost Bakery and Winery
Tomoko Okada
Tony Ibaraki
Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Umi Nami Farms
Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre
Yaeko Yamada
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant

2016 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 22nd)


The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 17th Annual (2016)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 22nd
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

Family Friendly!

Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts).

Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, martial arts, and kimono dressing.

Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!

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2016 Obon Matsuri – Sunday, August 21st at Ross Bay Cemetery

2016 Obon Matsuri

Cost: FREE


Kakehashi (Bridge) Stone

6th Annual Obon Festival
@ Ross Bay Cemetery & Ross Bay Villa

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
12:30pm – Grave Washing
2:30pm – Obon Buddhist Service
3:30pm – Matsuri (Festival)

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.
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Handbell Berries (July 24)

Handbell Berries in Concert at
First Metropolitan United Church
July 24, 3:00 pm
932 Balmoral Rd
Phone (250)388-5188

handbell01Founded in 2000, the Handbell Berries (https://www.facebook.com/handbell.berries), also known as the Handbell Ringers of Japan are an English handbell ensemble from Tokyo, Japan. There are over 500 handbell groups in Japan, mainly located in schools. Arguably the best bell ringers in the world, they are performing in Victoria just prior to appearing in the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver (http://www.ihs2016vancouver.ca/) from July 26 to 30.

handbell02The ringers are instructed and led by Satomi Kono, a Lifetime Honorable Member of the BC Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Satomi started playing the handbells at age 15 and studied in Canada for five years from 1990 to 1995.

They will be performing “Haru no Umi” (Spring Sea) written by Michio Miyagi and arranged by Hirotaka Arai. This piece, written in 1929 for koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) and shakuhachi (a Japanese end-blown flute) , is Miyagi’s best-known composition and was composed based on his childhood memory of the sea at Tomomoura that he saw before losing his eyesight.



2nd Annual VNCS Summer Social (Tanabata Family Picnic)

VNCS Summer Social
Tanabata (Star) Festival
Family Picnic
Esquimalt Gorge Park
Sunday July 10th
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


Cool off with some Kakigori!

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



Please direct questions to our organizers:

Yukari Peerless

Kana Mercer


Don’t forget to wear your yukata or jinbe!

Japanese at Ross Bay – Tour at Ross Bay Cemetery

Sunday, June 5, 2016 Ross Bay Cemetery. Japanese at Ross Bay. This tour will be conducted by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer, authors of Sakura in Stone (2015) and Gateway to Promise (2012) on the histories of Japanese in Victoria. RBC includes graves of about 150 Japanese and is the location of the impressive Kakehashi Monument dedicated to Japanese pioneers.

SUNDAY TOUR START AT 2:00 PM   Charge:  $5 for non-members;  $2 for members.  Tours at Ross Bay Cemetery are signified RBC and start in front of Oregano’s, Fairfield Plaza, 1516 Fairfield Rd.
No reservations needed.

Contact www.oldcem.bc.ca or 250.598.8870.

Yung Nikkei Stories – Change of Venue to Quadra Village Community Centre

Change of Venue
Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Road (Udon Spring Social venue)

“Join the “Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society” for a free event organized by young people in our community. Erica Isomura, Angela Kruger and Jeff Tanaka will be sharing their voices as Nikkei youth through spoken word, poetry and more.  There will be a home cooked meal followed by performances. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14th at Quadra Village Community Centre from 6pm to 9pm. All are welcome but we especially encourage young people, elders and artists to attend! Please rsvp to Jeff Tanaka by email
jrtanaka at gmail.com
Also, let him know if you have any special dietary requests.”

May 14th – Yung Nikkei Stories – A night of food & storytelling

finalposter2Join the “Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society” for a free event organized by young people in our community. Erica Isomura, Angela Kruger and Jeff Tanaka will be sharing their perspectives as Nikkei youth through spoken word, poetry and more.  There will be a home cooked meal followed by performances. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14th at Bayanihan Cultural Centre (http://www.bayanihan.ca/) from 6pm to 9pm.

All are welcome but we especially encourage young people, elders and artists to attend!

Please rsvp to jrtanaka@gmail.com – let us know if you have any special dietary requests.