The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
The 19th Annual (2018)
Japanese Cultural Fair
Saturday, October 27th
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM
Savour – delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts.
Experience – ikebana, tea ceremony, traditional Japanese dance
Learn – Japanese cooking, woodblock printing, Japanese cinema,
and Victoria`s Nitobe Garden (All new this year).
NEW THIS YEAR
- “There’s No Business Like Slow Business: Noh as Slow Art” – Cody Poulton (Professor of Japanese Studies Coordinator and Advisor Pacific and Asian Studies at UVic) will be presenting on classical Japanese theatre. (Craigflower Room at 10:45am).
- The Nitobe Garden – Paul Allison (Royal Roads supervisor of gardens and grounds) will be doing a presentation on the Nitobe Memorial Garden at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Craigflower Room at 11:15am).
- World Class Japanese Cinema – Donovan Aikman (Programmer for The Victoria Film Festival since 1998) will be presenting on some of the greatest directors in Japanese cinema. (Craigflower Room at 12:45pm).
- How to choose and use Japanese knives — Yasunobu Uchida (owner of Uchida Eatery) will be teaching about different kind of Japanese knives and how to use them. (Craigflower Room at 1:15pm).
YouTube Sneak Peak: https://youtu.be/MWth4zQiItI
- Farm Direct Tea in Japan — Jared Nyberg (owner of JagaSilk) will be presenting on his ongoing relationships with tea farms in Japan. (Craigflower Room at 2:15pm).
YouTube Sneak Peak: https://youtu.be/IY0A6P6ljtg
- Selected Works from the AGGV Japanese Art Collection: History, Significance, and Future Applications — Su Yen Chong (from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria) will be presenting on the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s extensive Japanese art collection. (Craigflower Room at 2:45pm).
Harumi Ota (master potter) will be doing pottery demonstrations in the Kids Room all day (you don’t need to be a kid to drop in and watch!).
Japanese Cultural Fair Floor Map
Download a copy of the 2018 Program (PDF).
The Bazaar area in the Jubilee Hall will feature the following areas:
- Bake Sale
- Book Sale
- JagaSilk Demonstration (Maccha Tea by donation)
- Shodo and Sumi-e (Custom Designs by donation)
- Silent Auction (bid on a wide variety of items)
- Things Japanese (need a little something Japanese for your house? Look no further)
The Exhibit area in the Jubilee Hall will feature the following groups available for you to learn more about them:
- Uminari Taiko
- Vancouver Island Bonsai Society
- ビクトリア日本友好協会 (Victoria Japanese Friendship Society)
- Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
- Victoria/Morioka Friendship Society
|10:15 – 10:40||
Taiko Performance #1
Uminari Taiko Hear, see and feel the thunder of Japanese Taiko! Come see Uminari Taiko, Vancouver Island’s premier taiko ensemble, deliver a high energy performance that will move and shake you to the core. Note: Taiko Performance #1 and #2 are totally different sets. http://www.uminaritaiko.com/
|10:45 – 11:10||
Iaido – The Way of the Sword
Shoshinkai Victoria Iaido
Tea Ceremony #1
Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association
“There’s No Business Like Slow Business: Noh as Slow Art”
Cody Poulton A friend once called Noh, Japan’s most refined classical theatre form, as “lizards in cold weather.” Why is it so slow? What is the appeal of a performing art that seems to move at such a glacial pace? Or does it? In this illustrated talk I will argue that, like the slow food movement, slow art is good for us on all sorts of levels: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Cody Poulton has been teaching courses on Japanese culture at the University of Victoria since 1988. Author of numerous books on Japanese theatre, he has also translated kabuki and contemporary Japanese drama for such multivolume series as Kabuki Plays on Stage and Half a Century of Japanese Theatre. He is co-editor with Mitsuya Mori and J. Thomas Rimer of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama (2014).
|11:15 – 11:40||
San Shu Kan Aikikai Aikido Aikido (合気道) is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. http://www.sanshukan.com/
|11:45 – 12:10||
VJHLS Children’s Choir
Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
Koto Performance #1
Hugh Barclay Hugh Barclay is a experienced musician with 50 years of experience playing a variety of brass wind instruments. He took up the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, 15 years ago He will introduce you to the shakuchachi and will perform pieces from each of 3 genres of music – classical, folk songs and modern songs.
|12:15 – 12:40||
Victoria Kendo Club
Ikebana Demonstration #1
Michiko Seguev Come to admire and learn more about the beauty of Japanese flower arranging. Sensei Michiko Segeuv will create several arrangements that demonstrate the principles of the basic forms as well as some free style arrangements. A gallery of ikebana made by Michiko’s students will be on display all day.
Japanese vegetables for your garden
Umi Nami Farms Japanese vegetables are essential to modern and
Kamishibai Story Telling
|12:45 – 1:10||
VJHLS Soran Dancers
Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
World Class Japanese Cinema
Donovan Aikman has been the Programmer for The Victoria Film Festival since 1998 and an amateur Japanophile since he first watched Starblazers on KSTW Channel 11 in black and white as a kid.
|1:15 – 1:40||
Victoria Judo Club The Victoria Judo Club is a non-profit organization in continuous operation since 1957. The club’s goal is to provide high quality instruction in a safe environment for children, youth, and adults. Judo is a martial art and Olympic sport that is practiced around the world. Judo was developed by Japanese educator Dr. Jigoro Kano from traditional Japanese martial arts and designed to be an ideal form of physical exercise. Judo practitioners seek to attain maximum efficiency with minimum effort (精力善用 Sei-ryoku Zen-you). Judo culture promotes mutual welfare and benefit (自他共栄 Ji-ta Kyou-ei). Our instructors are all volunteers and bring the commitment and passion that comes from a lifelong dedication to the sport. http://www.victoriajudoclub.com/
Tea Ceremony #2
Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association
How to choose and use Japanese knives
Yasunobu Uchida Learn about different kind of Japanese knives and how to use them.
Yasunobu Uchida is from Hyogo, Japan and the owner and head chef of Uchida Eatery/Shokudo. He has been cooking for 15 years.
|1:45 – 2:10||
Bon Odori Dance
Anime Through Time
Tsukino-Con A brief look at the history of Japanese animation.
|2:15 – 2:40||
Kyudo (Japanese Archery)
Ikebana Demonstration #2
Farm Direct Tea in Japan
Jared Nyberg Discussing JagaSilk’s ongoing relationship with specific tea farms in Japan.
Rakugo (Story Telling)
|2:45 – 3:10||
Kenzen Karate Sports Club
Koto Performance #2
Selected Works from the AGGV Japanese Art Collection: History, Significance, and Future Applications
Su Yen Chong
Su Yen Chong is a Curatorial Research Assistant in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Victoria focusing on Asian art under the direction of Dr. Astri Wright. Her research interest lies within the arts and culture of the diasporic communities in Southeast Asia. During her graduate studies, she was a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholar where she received funding for her research. She is currently working on reviewing the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s vast collection of Japanese prints. Besides that, she is currently working on an exhibition focusing on the different representations of Mount Fuji under the guidance of curator, Haema Sivanesan.
|3:15 – 3:30||
Raffle & Volunteer Prizes
|3:30 – 4:00||
Getting to the Fair
Parking is limited at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre itself but there is plenty of parking at the Archie Browning Sports Centre and on the surrounding streets.
Taking the bus?
The following bus routes access the Esquimalt Recreation Centre:
Route 15 — DOWNTOWN / ESQUIMALT
Route 26 — DOCKYARD / UVIC WEST
For more more information please visit the BC Transit website here: www.bctransit.com.
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
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)
Township of Esquimalt
GOLD Level Sponsors
SILVER Level Sponsors
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Blenkinsop Valley Golf Centre
Carlton Plaza Hotel, Best Western Plus
Heart and Hands Health Collective
Jack & Elizabeth Watanabe
Jean Murata & Ken
Joyce Matzke (Kimono Closet)
Joyce’s Kimono Closet
Kodo, The Way of Fragrance
Obara & Company Chartered Accountants
Royal BC Museum
Silk Road Tea
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant
BRONZE Level Sponsors
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Buckerfield’s Feeds & Pet Supplies (Saanich Store)
Gardens at HCP
Golden City Restaurant
J&J Wonton Noodle House
Japanese Village Restaurant
Koto Japanese Restaurant
Kuma Noodle Japan
Milestones Grill & Bar
Picnic (coffee shop)
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Shirley & Bruce Gorle
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
The Pedaler Cycling Tour
The Roost Farm Centre
Umi Nami Farms
Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre (Cannor Nursery)