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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2019 VNCS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
2019 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way.
(Multi-purpose Room)

  • Registration – 9:30 am (Coffee/Tea)
  • AGM – 9:45 am – 11:30 am (Reports, New Business, Election of Officers)
  • Break and Refreshments – 11:30 am – 11:45 am
  • Guest Speaker – 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

(Memberships can be created/renewed at the AGM or online)

Please plan to attend our Society’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre, Multi-purpose Room, 9:45 AM to 12:45 PM. Following the AGM our special guest speaker will be Ken Watai, VNCS Board Member and sake importer.

Ken Watai, President of BC Sake Association, Board member and Treasurer of the VNCS

The Story of Sake

Ken’s presentation will cover the history of sake, the sake making process, the types of sake. He will show a video of the sake making process.

Ken Watai has been a long time VNCS Board member and our Treasurer since 2010. After retirement over 20 years ago, he became an international marketing consultant for various mineral commodities for Canadian mining companies. From year 2000, he started his importing business of sake. He is the representative of 5 sake breweries and is responsible for providing sake to the Western Canada.

2019 Mochi-Tsuki Shinnen Kai and Potluck Dinner

Kagamimochi

2019 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 20, 2019
Esquimalt Rec Centre
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

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

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.

New Go-Bid Auctions Available!

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society invites you to visit our GoBid auction (http://gobid.ca/auction/895) to bid on great deals of art, food, car detailing + other gift certificates provided gernerously by our Japanese Cultural Fall Fair Sponsors!

Start Date (Nov. 16th)
2018-11-16 09:00 PM PST

End Date (Dec. 2nd)
2018-12-02 09:00 PM PST

  • Pacific Mazda –  Full Car Detail Package Gift Certificate
  • Horticulture Centre of the Pacific – 2 x day passes (2 auctions available)
  • Umi Nami Farm – $20 gift certificate (2 auctions available)
  • Milestones on the Inner Harbour – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Sea of Akasaki oil painting by Kazuki Konada (Signed Original) size 11 x 13
  • Sushi Story – $50 gift certificate
  • J+J Wonton Noodle House – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Forest Stream watercolour painting by Henry Shimizu  (Signed Original) with 8 x 10 mat
  • Campus Honda – Car Spa Day
  • Campus Nissan – $100 Gift Certificate towards Parts or Service department
  • Yoshi Sushi – $100 Gift Certificate
  • Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel – One Night Stay

Thank You 2018 Japanese Cultural Fair Sponsors and 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 Auto Group (Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Nissan)
CFAX 1070 (Exclusive Radio Sponsor)
CTV Vancouver Island
Fudo Japanese Restaurant
Fujiya Japanese Foods
Jim Pattison Auto Group (Toyota, Lexus, Subaru)
Kool FM (Exclusive Radio Sponsor)
Monday Magazine
Township of Esquimalt
Victoria News

GOLD Level Sponsors


Jaga Silk
Sushi Rice Studios
Sushi Story

SILVER Level Sponsors


Aiko Sutherland
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Blenkinsop Valley Golf Centre
Butchart Gardens
Carlton Plaza Hotel, Best Western Plus
Carole Smith
Curtis Cross
Diane McNally
Eiko Larsen
Eric Wang
Gerry Bell
Happy Smith
Heart and Hands Health Collective
Henry Shimizu
Jack & Elizabeth Watanabe
Jean Murata & Ken
Jo Brooks
Jo Caragata
Joyce Matzke (Kimono Closet)
Joyce Pearlstone
Joyce’s Kimono Closet
Junko Hicks
Kodo, The Way of Fragrance
Maureen Bird
Melody Cornell
Miho Lindley
Obara & Company Chartered Accountants
Pacific Mazda
Patti Ayukawa
Rose Oishi
Roy Katsuyama
Royal BC Museum
Scott MacDonald
Silk Road Tea
Susan Kurushima
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant

BRONZE Level Sponsors


Amy Kawano
Ann-Lee Switzer
Boa
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Buckerfield’s Feeds & Pet Supplies (Saanich Store)
Connie Izard
Cristina Shore
Dale Brougton
Deborah Shepherd
Gayle Nye
Gardens at HCP
Golden City Restaurant
Grace Kamitakahara
Hiroko Currie
J&J Wonton Noodle House
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jasmine Restaurant
Koto Japanese Restaurant
Kuma Noodle Japan
Kuniko Brauss
Kunio Yamagishi
Linda Burtch
Linda Phillipsen
Lisa Okada
Margaret Hoyle
Marilyn Whitehead
Mieko Fedrau
Miichiko Seguev
Milestones Grill & Bar
Munro’s Books
Nana Spence
Nessa Herman
Noodle Box
Pacific Shiatsu
Picnic (coffee shop)
Russell Nursery
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Sherry Goshinmon
Shiki Sushi
Shirley & Bruce Gorle
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Susan Ikeda
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
The Pedaler Cycling Tour
The Roost Farm Centre
Tomoko Okada
Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Umi Nami Farms
Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre (Cannor Nursery)

Pottery demonstrations by Harumi Ota – All Day at the Fair

Pottery demonstrations by Harumi Ota all day at the Japanese Cultural Fair, Oct 27th at Esquimalt Rec Centre

Harumi Ota trained in the forming and decorating of traditional Kutani-style ceramics in Ishikawa, Japan. Ota’s art may be best described as an eclectic fusion of Japanese esthetics with a contemporary style reflective of his adoptive country, Canada. His art also contains vibrant influences of his year of mountaineering in South America. Ota’s works have been shown at major ceramic exhibitions including the International Ceramics Competition Mino and the Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition in Japan, as well as the Fletcher Challenge Competition in New Zealand. After having moved to Canada from his native Japan in 1998, Ota established his first studio in Victoria, B.C. Shortly thereafter, Ota’s passion for creating his own art evolved into offering workshops and formal art instruction. In 2001, his work was selected for Eye Candy, an exhibition of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In 2013 he was artist in residence at the Fairmount Empress.

Ota most enjoys making non-functional pieces using the slip casting technique. These are high-fired once and fired again low temperatures, often several times depending on the type and quantity of colours used for the overglaze. He also makes colourful unique functional pieces that reflect a combination of the Japanese enjoyment of tableware and his own sense of fun. Ota uses an electric kiln at his studio in Victoria and still maintains two anagama kilns that he built in Ishikawa and Toyama, Japan.

For more information visit the 2018 Japanese Cultural Fair page here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/2018-japanese-cultural-fair/

Dick Nakamura…gone but never forgotten.

It is with heavy hearts the VNCS has learned that Dick Nakamura passed away on October 8th, 2018. Dick was a prominent leader in the Nikkei community not only in the greater Victoria area but also throughout Vancouver Island. During the 1980’s he worked tirelessly to mobilize the Japanese-Canadians on Vancouver Island in the fight for redress. It was because of Dick’s vision and hard work that the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society was established and got off the ground. We are forever indebted to Dick. He will be sorely missed and certainly not forgotten.

Dick’s full obituary which was published in the Times Colonist on Oct 16, 2018 can be seen here: https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=190485391&referrer=0&preview=True

A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held:

Sunday, October 28th, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Beach House Restaurant
5109 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria BC.

Dick’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers or koden, please consider supporting the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society, the Nikkei National Museum or the Broadmead Care Society.

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).

For indepth details visit the fair page here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/2018-japanese-cultural-fair/!

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/