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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2011 Obon Matsuri – Sunday, July 31st

2011 Obon Matsuri

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Inaugural Obon Festival
12:30pm – Grave Washing
2:00pm – Service led by Rev. Grant Ikuta
Dancing, drumming and refreshments following at the Ross Bay Villa
Cost: FREE
ALL ARE WELCOME

This year marks a new beginning to an old tradition.

In coordination with the Vancouver Island Obon Tour, the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society will welcome the group as they complete their tour in Victoria on Sunday, July 31st.

We welcome members of the VNCS as well as the other Japanese societies and the general public. We’re hoping to see a lot of familiar faces from our Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon group!

We will gather at the Ross Bay Cemetery from 12:30 pm to wash the graves and honour the 150 graves of Japanese descent. Your assistance and donations of flowers are much appreciated.

Reverend Grant Ikuta will offer a service at 2:00 pm and afterwards, please join us for dancing, drumming, light refreshments and food across the road at the Ross Bay Villa.

Everyone – families, children and friends are welcome , there’s no cost to participate.

If you can help with the preparation of food and drinks, please contact Debbie Ibaraki at or Amy Kawano at

2011 Obon - Washing the stoneTsugio Kurushima and Grace Yuki Mercer wash a stone together
Category: Obon Matsuri