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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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

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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

FREE ADMISSION
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

ALL ARE WELCOME

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.

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.

The following is the scheduled program for Obon

12:30 pm – Grave Washing

2013 Grave Washing

2013 Grave Washing

Everyone meet at the Kakehashi Stone and then cleaning teams will be assembled.
Cleaning of gravestones
Laying flowers and toys for children’s graves
Preparing the Kakehashi Stone
Donations of flowers are welcome, please bring at this time.

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

3:30 pm – Matsuri (Festival at Ross Bay Villa)

Suika Wari 2014

Suika Wari 2014

Obon Matsuri (festival) at Ross Bay Villa (1490 Fairfield Road).
Light refreshments (including Sushi & Kakigōri) will be provided as a thank you for all the hard work in washing the graves and entertainment will include the Furusato Dancers and Suika Wari (Japanese watermelon game for the kids).

Hope to see you there!

Google Map
Ross Bay Cemetery map – http://www.oldcem.bc.ca/brochurerbc.pdf

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Obon Matsuri Map

Ross Bay Cemetery website – http://www.oldcem.bc.ca/cem_rb.htm
Ross Bay Villa website – http://rossbayvilla.org/

Proudly Supported By

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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.

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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

tanzaku

Cool off with some Kakigori!

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

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Questions?

Please direct questions to our organizers:

Yukari Peerless

and
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.