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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2019 Japanese Cultural Fair

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 20th Annual
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10 AM TO 4 PM

FREE ADMISSION
Family Friendly!

Savour – delicious sushi, bento boxes, poke, curry rice, sweet manju desserts.

Experience – the tea ceremony, shodo brush caligraphy, , tea ceremony, traditional Japanese dance and music.

Learn – ikebana flower aranging, kimono, Japanese cinema,
and the Japanese Tea House and Garden of Esquimalt.

Enjoy – bon adori dance, Uminari Taiko, the music of the koto, minyo, and Shakuhachi, and the Japanese Heritage Language School dancers and choir.

NEW THIS YEAR

  • Curry Rice — A new addition to the food area this year, traditional Japanese curry rice — a tasty treat everyone is sure to enjoy!
  • Manga Artist — Atsushi Sugawara will display his art and demonstrate its creation all day long in the Kanaka room.
  • Lesser known gems of Japanese cinema – Donovan Aikman (former Programmer for The Victoria Film Festival since 1998) will share lesser known gems and genres of Japan’s vastly influential cinema history. (Craigflower Room at 10:45 am).
  • Japanese Folk Songs – Yuria Wakai (Japanese Opera singer) will sing a number of Japanese folk songs in her first trip to Canada. (Craigflower Room at 1:15 pm).
  • Lace Escape: Alternative Fashion and Kawaii Culture in Japan – Zandra MacNeill (Victoria Lolita Community coordinator) will presenting on beautiful lolita fashion subculture pioneered by Japanese women in the 1980s. (Craigflower Room at 1:45pm).
  • Sake – Japanese Rice Wine — (Shino Yamashiro and Anton Ihl of E:Ne Raw Food and Sake Bar) will share the history of this important Japanese drink and its pairing with cuisine and culture. (Craigflower Room at 2:45pm).

Japanese Cultural Fair Floor Map

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)
  • Manga Artist
  • Silent Auction (bid on a wide variety of items)
  • Mystery Envelopes
  • 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
  • Gorge Park Teahouse
  • Vancouver Island Bonsai Society
  • Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
  • Tsukino Con

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 at the 2019 Japanese Cultural Fair are totally different sets.

http://www.uminaritaiko.com/

JUBILEE Uminari Taiko
10:45 – 11:10

Iaido – The Way of the Sword

Chris Tooley and 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

Lesser known gems of Japanese cinema

Donovan Aikman
Looking for something a little different? Want to explore beyond  Kurosawa, samurai films, and anime? Come to the 2019 Japanese Cultural Fair and discover of the lesser known gems and genres of Japan’s vastly influential cinema history with Donovan Aikman, former programmer for The Victoria Film Festival.

CRAIGFLOWER
11:15 – 11:40

Kendo

Victoria Kendo Club
Kendo is a Japanese martial art based on the use of the samurai sword. In kendo, protective armor (bogu) modeled on samurai armor is used, and bamboo sticks (shinai) represent swords. The primary purposes of kendo are to develop awareness, centeredness, wholeheartedness, endurance, concentration, respect for others, and self-confidence.  Kendo can be approached in different ways as a competitive sport, for physical health, for spiritual and mental development, or as an introduction to Japanese culture and philosophy.

http://www.victoriakendo.com/

JUBILEE

Kimono and its
Seasonal Differences

Hitomi Harama
Kimono is a Japanese traditional garment, with a history of more than a thousand years, and embraces various cultural implications. Traditional Japanese aesthetic design motifs are mainly drawn from the beauty of nature and seasonal differences, and they are reflected in the designs of Kimono textile weavings, pattern motifs, colours, etc.  Hitomi Harama, Kimono specialist, will introduce you to seasonal differences and their aesthetic applications in the world of Kimono, as well as the Japanese cultural implications in the seasonality of Kimono.

CRAIGFLOWER
11:45 – 12:10

VJHLS Soran Dancers & VJHLS Chorus

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. The group will also performing Paprika (パプリカ). Paprika was written by Kenshi Yonezu as part of the NHK 2020 Song Project which was set up to cheer on everybody in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond. It is said that Yonezu chose the title Paprika (bell pepper) as the food comes with many bright colours, which represent children.

The Chorus group will perform 2 songs. The first one is Doremi no uta.  This song opens with the choir playing music-bells. The second one is Furusato which means hometown. Both songs are sung in harmony.

http://en.vicnihongo.com/

JUBILEE
soran-dancers

11:45 – 12:10

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 attendees at the 2019 Japanese Cultural Fair back to ancient times in Japan.

PIONEER B
Satomi Edwards
11:45 – 12:10

Cosplay on a Budget

Amanda Bragg, Tsukino Con
This presentation is to inform those of the world they are going to be stepping into.

CRAIGFLOWER
11:45 – 12:10

Kamishibai Story Telling

Yuri Pomeroy

Kamishibai, (kah-mee-she-bye) or “paper-theater,” is said to have started in Japan in the late 1920s, but it is part of a long tradition of picture storytelling, beginning as early as the 9th or 10th centuries. Yuri Pomeroy will read Japanese children’s stories translated into English, using Kamishibai story boards. Come join us in the Children’s Room!

KIDS
12:15 – 12:40

Karate Demonstration

Integrity Arts

At Integrity Arts they study the traditional arts of Aikido, Karate, Yoga, and Tai Chi. And they combine this ancient wisdom with modern science to create power leaders that are needed for today’s world. Students will demonstrate the tradition practice and techniques of Aikido and Karate, including two-person self defence tactics.

https://integrityarts.ca/

JUBILEE
12:15 – 12:40

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 at the 2019 Japanese Cultural Fair.

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12:15 – 12:40

Enjoying Japanese Vegetables in your Kitchen and Garden

Umi Nami Farm

Come learn how to make tasty, fresh, and healthy food with Japanese
vegetables! Many Japanese vegetables are available in Victoria and a member of Umi Nami Farm will describe some simple and easy techniques to enjoy them at home, with a focus on fresh and raw eating. We’ll also talk about some tips for growing Japanese vegetables in your garden.

Umi Nami Farm specializes in Japanese vegetables and offers year-round organic produce. The farm moved from Iwaki, Japan to Metchosin, BC in 1996. http://www.uminamifarm.com/

CRAIGFLOWER umi-nami-farms
12:45 – 1:10

Minyo – traditional
stringed instrument

Rina El-Nahas
Rina and the Japanese Minyo Band is a traditional Japanese music band playing music called Tohoku Minyo from the northern area of Japan. Rina has been performing and playing this style of music since age of 5 and won numerous awards in Japanese Traditional Competitions in Japan. Rina is also an accomplished shamisen player. (A shamisen is a traditional 3 stringed Japanese instrument.) Rina will be accompanied by her husband Danny also playing the shamisen and her son Eric and daughter Naomi doing back up vocals and playing percussion instruments.

JUBILEE
12:45 – 1:10

Shakuhachi – the Japanese flute

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, 18 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, and include a couple of popular songs from the early 1900s.

CRAIGFLOWER
hugh-barkley
1:15 – 1:40

Judo Demonstration

Victoria Judo Club
Junior judoka will present basic judo techniques, followed by senior judoka demonstrating formal throwing techniques (Nage no Kata), and self-defence techniques (Goshin Jutsu). 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 culture promotes mutual welfare and benefit (自他共栄 Ji-ta Kyou-ei). All instructors are all volunteers and bring the commitment and passion that comes from a lifelong dedication to the sport. http://www.victoriajudoclub.com/

JUBILEE
1:15 – 1:40

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
1:15 – 1:40

Japanese Folk &
Nursery Songs

Yuria Wakai 
Japanese opera singer Yuria Wakia will perform classic Japanese folk songs, including – Hanabe No Uta (At the Shore), Konomichi (This Old Road), Hana (Flower) and Kojo no Tsuki (Moon Over the Ruined Castle). Yuria Wakia began studying piano at age four. She graduated from Tokyo college of music with a bachelor’s degree, then finished a diploma for vocal music at Tokyo Music & Media Arts Shobi. She learned from coaches of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and also went to Italy and studied. As a freelance soprano singer, she has performed as soloist with orchestras, on cruise ships, at recitals and various other activities. She also teaches children’s chorus in Japan. Her performance at the 2019 Japanese Cultural Fair is part of her first trip to Canada.

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
1:45 – 2:10

Lace Escape: Alternative Fashion and Kawaii Culture in Japan

Zandra MacNeill, Tsukino Con

The beautiful lolita fashion subculture is a dreamy and cheerful lifestyle pioneered by Japanese women in the 1980s. The subculture has since been adopted and adored by girls around the world, but even with an international cult following, the fashion and its wearers are surrounded by misconception. Victoria Lolita Community coordinator Zandra will lead a discussion on the history and significance of lolita fashion, and display of her personal collection.

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
2:15 – 2:40

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
2:15 – 2:40

Steeped in History: The Revival of Canada’s First Japanese Garden and Teahouse

Dillon Takata
The Japanese garden and teahouse that formerly stood in Esquimalt Gorge Park was the first of its kind in Canada. Listen to Dillon Takata, a descendant of the family who once owned and operated the teahouse, discuss its creation, eventual destruction, and the ongoing efforts to rebuild this piece of Japanese-Canadian history.

CRAIGFLOWER
2:45 – 3:10

Aikido Demonstration

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 harmonious spirit. Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

http://www.sanshukan.com/

JUBILEE
Sanshukan Aikido demonstration 2008 (photo by Kevin Dika)
2:45 – 3:10

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
2:45 – 3:10

Sake 101 – This is all you need to know about sake

Shino Yamashiro and Anton Ihl, E:Ne raw food + sake bar
The fermented rice wine called sake outside Japan traces its origins to Japan’s Nara period of 710–794. Since that time sake it has been used in religious ceremonies, court festivals, and drinking games. Once only drunk in Japan, the delicate flavours of sake have taken the world by storm. In this session attendees will learn everything they need to know about sake.

RESTRICTED TO AGES 19+

CRAIGFLOWER
3:30 – 4:00

Taiko Finale

Uminari Taiko
The 2019 Japanese Cultural Fair will close with the sounds, sights, and 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

Pottery – All Day in the KIDS Room

Master Potter Harumi Ota will be doing pottery demonstrations all day long in the KIDS Room. You don’t need to be a kid to drop in and watch!

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: http://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


GOLD Level Sponsors


SILVER Level Sponsors

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Bob Clarke
Butchart Gardens
Carol McGinty
Curtis Cross
Dale Broughton
Elements Casino Victoria
E:Ne raw food + sake bar
Eric Wang
Gardens at HCP
Grace Kamitakhara
Heart + Hands Acupuncture
J&J Wonton Noodle House
Jaga Silk
Joyce Pearlstone
Ken Murata
Ken Nakatsu
Kodo, The Way of Fragrance
Lisa Takata
Melody Cornell
MINISO
Patti Kagawa
Pacific Mazda
Rose Oishi
Roy Katsuyama
Royal BC Museum
Shirley & Bruce Gorley
Silk Road Tea
Tokiko Asai
Tomoko Okada
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club


BRONZE Level Sponsors

Amy Kawano
Atsuko Hill
Blenkinsop Valley Golf Centre
Bob Chung
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Buckerfield’s
Carole Smith
Chikara Sushi Restaurant
Deb Shepherd
Debbie Ibaraki
Dianne McNally
Eiko Furuno
Gary Karr
Geoffery Lucas
Gerry Bell
Hannah McLoed
Hiroko Currie
Janice Gallaugher
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jasmine Restaurant
Joyce Matkze
Julia Milton
Kazuyo Iga-McDonald
Keiko Hanna
Kuma Noodle Japan
Kuniko Brauss
Lorraine Nygard
Mayumi Kurokawa
Megumi Saunders
Michiko Segeuv
Milestones Grill & Bar
Murchies
Noodle Box
Nubo Japanese Tapas
Pacific Shiatsu
Pam Giacomelli
Picnic (coffee shop)
Pieta Van Dyke
Rebecca Kool
Russell Nursery
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Shiki Sushi
Shirley Imada
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Susan Kurushima
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
Tony & Debbie Ibaraki
Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Umi Nami Farms
Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre (Cannor Nursery)
Yaeko Yamada
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Yukari Peerless


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