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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2018 Japanese Cultural Fair

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).

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 GardenPaul 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 CinemaDonovan 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 knivesYasunobu 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 JapanJared 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 ApplicationsSu 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).

 

SPECIAL MENTION

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

Program

Download a copy of the 2018 Program (PDF).

Bazaar

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)

 

Exhibit Area

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

 

Time Slot

Activity

Location

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/

JUBILEE Uminari Taiko
10:45 – 11:10

Iaido – The Way of the Sword

Shoshinkai Victoria Iaido
Iaido is the traditional Japanese martial art of drawing and cutting with the samurai sword. The purpose of Iaido is to develop awareness, centeredness, sincerity, a calm mind, and mental and physical harmony through the practice of traditional sword techniques. See Iaido practitioners in traditional outfits demonstrate form and techniques
(waza) of this unique martial art.
http://www.iaido.ca/?page_id=2

JUBILEE
Shoshinkai Iaido Victoria

Tea Ceremony #1

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.

PIONEER B
2012-Japanese-Cultural-Fair-Tea-Ceremony

“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).
http://www.uvic.ca/humanities/pacificasia/people/faculty/poulton-cody.php

CRAIGFLOWER
11:15 – 11:40

Aikido

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/

JUBILEE Sanshukan Aikido demonstration 2008 (photo by Kevin Dika)

Nitobe Garden

Paul Allison
Details pending.
http://members.shaw.ca/paulcallison/Paul_Allison/Home.html

CRAIGFLOWER
Nitobe Garden
11:45 – 12:10

VJHLS Children’s Choir

Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
The Children’s Choir will perform 3 songs – one about maple leaves (Momiji), One celebrating our differences (Sekaini Hitotsudakeno Hana) and one about singing autumn insects (Mushino Koe) accompanied with music bells.

http://en.vicnihongo.com/

JUBILEE
soran-dancers

Koto Performance #1

Satomi Edwards
The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument dating back to the 7th century. Professional koto player Satomi Edwards will perform traditional and contemporary pieces from Japan. These authentic sounds will take you back to ancient times in Japan.

PIONEER B
Satomi Edwards

Shakuhachi

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.

CRAIGFLOWER hugh-barkley
12:15 – 12:40

Kendo Demonstration

Victoria Kendo Club
Details pending.
http://www.victoriakendo.com/

JUBILEE

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.

PIONEER A 2013-10-26 VNCS Cultural Fair 071

Japanese vegetables for your garden

Umi Nami Farms Japanese vegetables are essential to modern and
traditional Japanese cuisine. Many of them are also easy to grow in
your garden and are adaptable to both Japanese and Western recipes.
The co-manager of Umi Nami Farm will introduce a range of Japanese
vegetables and discuss how you can grow them at home. http://www.uminamifarm.com/

CRAIGFLOWER umi-nami-farms

Kamishibai Story Telling

Rebecca Kool
Details pending.

KIDS
12:45 – 1:10

VJHLS Soran Dancers

Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
The Soran Dancers will perform an energetic dance to music based on the Japanese traditional song Soran Bushi. This song is about fishermen in Hokkaido. The choreography depicts fisherman pulling in nets and ocean waves.

http://en.vicnihongo.com/

JUBILEE
soran-dancers

World Class Japanese Cinema

Donovan Aikman
Don’t much about Japanese cinema? Come get the flash tour of some of the world’s best filmmakers with the Programmer of the Victoria Film Festival. From the cinematic giants like Ozu and Kurosawa to the modern master Kore-Eda with some pop-cult stops in-between, we’ll try and find something new for you to love about the silver screen.

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.

CRAIGFLOWER
1:15 – 1:40

Judo Demonstration

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/

JUBILEE

Tea Ceremony #2

Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.

PIONEER B
2012-Japanese-Cultural-Fair-Tea-Ceremony

How to choose and use Japanese knives

Yasunobu Uchida Learn about different kind of Japanese knives and how to use them.
Yasunobu Uchida will teach us how to pick the knives, care for them and demonstrate using them.

Yasunobu Uchida is from Hyogo, Japan and the owner and head chef of Uchida Eatery/Shokudo. He has been cooking for 15 years.

CRAIGFLOWER
1:45 – 2:10

Bon Odori Dance

Furusato Dancers
See traditional Japanese folk dances called Odori or Bon Odori, performed by the Furusato Dancers wearing Japanese yukatas, casual summer kimonos. There will also be an opportunity for you to learn a popular bon odori dance.

JUBILEE
2012-Japanese-Cultural-Fair-Furusato-Dancers

Anime Through Time

Tsukino-Con A brief look at the history of Japanese animation.

CRAIGFLOWER
2:15 – 2:40

Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

Brian Angene
Brian Angene is a yondan(4th-dan) who was trained in Kobe. He is a founding member of the Kyudo Association of Canada and the founder of the Victoria Kyudo Association. Brian will give a brief explanation of the origins of modern kyudo, the basic movements (kihontai), and stages of shooting (hassetsu). There will also be a display of kyudo equipment and opportunity for questions.

JUBILEE
kyudo

Ikebana Demonstration #2

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.

PIONEER A
2013-10-26 VNCS Cultural Fair 071

Farm Direct Tea in Japan

Jared Nyberg Discussing JagaSilk’s ongoing relationship with specific tea farms in Japan.

CRAIGFLOWER

Rakugo (Story Telling)

Michael Abe
Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. This rakugo style interactive play follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the man who swallowed a cherry pit. Fun for the whole family, the kids will love it, too.

KIDS
rakugo
2:45 – 3:10

Karate Demonstration

Kenzen Karate Sports Club
Kenzen Sports Karate’s demonstration will highlight our ‘traditional karate’ and ‘sports karate’ training for all ages, which allows our members to then be active in the mainstream karate community through Karate BC tournaments, guest seminars, official Team BC try-outs, BC Games selections, annual trips to Japan and even participation in the Canadian National Championships. It’s an exciting time to be in karate as Tokyo has proposed to include it in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, and since Kenzen officially represents one of Japan’s main style associations (JKF Wadokai 全日本空手道連盟和道会) in addition to being a Karate BC member, our demonstration will include fun examples of the competition kata (forms 形) & kumite (sparring 組手) categories to be seen in the Olympics.
http://www.kenzensportskarate.com/

JUBILEE
kenzen-karate

Koto Performance #2

Satomi Edwards
The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument dating back to the 7th century. Professional koto player Satomi Edwards will perform traditional and contemporary pieces from Japan. These authentic sounds will take you back to ancient times in Japan.

PIONEER B
Satomi Edwards

Selected Works from the AGGV Japanese Art Collection: History, Significance, and Future Applications

Su Yen Chong
The AGGV’s Japanese print collection consist of 6000 prints from the Edo period to contemporary period. The purpose of Su Yen’s research is to better understand the history of collecting and provenance of the Japanese art collection in the AGGV. Her presentation will consist of highlights the Japanese art collection including on a complete set of the Forty-Eight Views of Edo by Utagawa Hiroshige II, with other known complete sets found in the MFA Boston and Museum of Applied Arts in Austria. The second part the presentation will focus on one of AGGV’s most significant donor, Isabel Pollard. Isabel Pollard established the Fred and Isabel Pollard collection in 1960 and over the span of two decades, the Pollard collection grew to consist of a range of artworks from Chinese works to works of contemporary Northwest Coast artists but the collection primarily comprised of Japanese artworks, which Isabel handpicked with the advice of AGGV’s first director and curator, Colin Graham. Working in a collaborative fashion, Isabel Pollard and Colin Graham formed one of Canada’s most comprehensive Japanese art collection which enriched the city of Victoria as a whole besides being of great use to the Fine Arts department in the University of Victoria which was formed in 1968.

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.

CRAIGFLOWER
3:15 – 3:30

Raffle & Volunteer Prizes

JUBILEE
3:30 – 4:00

Taiko Finale

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 fair closing performance that will move and shake you to the core. Note: Taiko Performance #1 and #2 are totally different sets.
http://www.uminaritaiko.com/

JUBILEE
Uminari Taiko

Getting to the Fair

Driving?

Parking 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?

BusThe 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


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 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
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
Boa
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Buckerfield’s Feeds & Pet Supplies (Saanich Store)
Connie Izard
Cristina Shore
Dale Brougton
Deborah Shepherd
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
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
Shiki Sushi
Shirley & Bruce Gorle
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
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)