The Fall Fair
Each year in October, the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society holds its Japanese Cultural Fair. The fair is a free, family oriented event whose purpose is to showcase and promote local Japanese cultural groups in Victoria.
Activities range from bonsai (Vancouver Island Bonsai Club) and tea ceremony (Urasenke Nagomi Tea Circle) demonstrations to performances by local Japanese martial arts groups (Sanshukan Aikido and the Victoria Kendo Club). There is also an Ikebana Gallery with demonstrations by the local Ikebana group.
In the main gym, crowd pleasing performances include singing and dancing by the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Youth Choir, Furusato Dancers and the ever popular Uminari Taiko. The silent auction is always a favourite as folks donate treasures they uncover during their travels to Japan. Beside the silent auction is the “Things Japanese” area run by the VNCS Fujinkai (ladies group) which makes available for sale all manner of things Japanese (including but not limited to: hand made crafts, art, books, ceramics, clothing, apparel).
There is also a children’s area where kids can participate in activities like origami (Japanese paper folding) and Rakugo (Japanese story telling), pottery and more.
Of course an event like this is only possible when lots of people work together. If you are interested in volunteering there are many opportunities such as: decorating the main hall, decorating the atrium (welcome) area, raffle tickets sales, silent auction, food preparation, food sales, food distribution, children’s area setup & management, parking coordinators, greeters, promoters, graphic designers, sign makers, books sales, room coordinators and many, many more. If you are interested in volunteering at the fair drop us an email to.