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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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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.

Takata Garden and Teahouse Celebration!

Takata Garden and Teahouse Celebration!
Sunday Feb 21st 2016 at Gorge Park, Esquimalt
1:00pm to 4:00 pm

VNCS will have a table where participates can try their hand at sumie, shodo and orgami. Keiko Alkire will be doing shodo, Mike Abe sumie and origami by Kana Mercer & her children, Natsuki and Izumi Abe.

The Furusato Dancers will be performing and so will the children choir from the Victoria Heritage Japanese Language School.

1:00 pm – Event kick-off – official welcome
1:00 – 2:00 – Shodo (Keiko Alkire) and Origami (Kana Mercer)
1:30 – 1:50 – Furusato Dancers
1:50 – 2:00 – VHJLS Children Choir
2:00 – 3:00 – Sumie (Mike Abe) and Origami (Natsuki or Izumi)
2:00 – 2:10 – Furusato Dancers will lead an audience participation dance
2:45 – 3:15? – Dennis Minaker will give a guided tour of Gorge Park
3:00 – 4:00 – Shodo (Masami Barclay) and Origami (JFS)

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Announcing the VNCS 2016 Board of Directors

At the VNCS Annual General Meeting on January 31st, 2016 the membership elected this year’s Board of Directors. Below is a list of the successful candidates.

2016 Executive

President: Tsugio Kurushima
Vice President: Debbie Ibaraki
Treasurer: Ken Watai
Secretary: vacant
Past-President: Mike Abe

2016 Directors

Mieko Fedrau
Kyla Fitzgerald
Hitomi Harama
Amy Kawano
Karen Kobayashi
Tomoko Okada
Yukari Peerless
Cristina Shore
Jeff Tanaka

For more information including board photos and biographies visit the Board of Directors page here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/about-the-vncs/vncs-board-of-directors/

2016 Mochi-Tsuki Kai and Potluck Dinner

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2016 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 24, 2016
Esquimalt Rec Centre
3:00PM – 6:30PM
MEMBER ONLY EVENT

Join us for our annual tradition of mochi-pounding and potluck dinner to celebrate the New Year.
Doors open at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 24th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. (site of the VNCS Cultural Fall Fair.)

ADMISSION IS FREE FOR MEMBERS OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS.
BECAUSE OF AN ANTICIPATED LARGE PARTICIPATION, THIS EVENT IS OPEN ONLY TO ACTIVE MEMBERS.

Please bring a main course sufficient to feed your family plus two others. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Label your dishes and serving utensils and if you can, please prepare a tent card describing your entrée. (and ingredients)

***PLEASE NOTE THAT NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT FOOD***

In addition to mochi pounding there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

To help defray costs of this free event there will be a 50/50 draw, Silent Auction and mochi sales so please help support your event. As always, there is plenty of work to be done on the part of preparation and organization. If you can assist please contact Michael Abe at mkabe2011@gmail.com.

Kitchen set up starts from 1:00 pm and the hall is available for set up from 2:00 pm. Help make this event a success by lending a hand: We need volunteers for set-up, kitchen crew, reception desk, mochi seller, and clean-up crew, etc. We are also seeking donations, big or small to add to our Silent Auction.

See you there!