A big thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that made this year’s Japanese Cultural Fair a big success! お疲れ様でした！And to all you who made it out to the festival we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on!
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)
Harumi Ota trained in the forming and decorating of traditional Kutani-style ceramics in Ishikawa, Japan. Ota’s art may be best described as an eclectic fusion of Japanese esthetics with a contemporary style reflective of his adoptive country, Canada. His art also contains vibrant influences of his year of mountaineering in South America. Ota’s works have been shown at major ceramic exhibitions including the International Ceramics Competition Mino and the Kutani International Decorative Ceramics Competition in Japan, as well as the Fletcher Challenge Competition in New Zealand. After having moved to Canada from his native Japan in 1998, Ota established his first studio in Victoria, B.C. Shortly thereafter, Ota’s passion for creating his own art evolved into offering workshops and formal art instruction. In 2001, his work was selected for Eye Candy, an exhibition of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In 2013 he was artist in residence at the Fairmount Empress.
Ota most enjoys making non-functional pieces using the slip casting technique. These are high-fired once and fired again low temperatures, often several times depending on the type and quantity of colours used for the overglaze. He also makes colourful unique functional pieces that reflect a combination of the Japanese enjoyment of tableware and his own sense of fun. Ota uses an electric kiln at his studio in Victoria and still maintains two anagama kilns that he built in Ishikawa and Toyama, Japan.
For more information visit the 2018 Japanese Cultural Fair page here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/2018-japanese-cultural-fair/
It is with heavy hearts the VNCS has learned that Dick Nakamura passed away on October 8th, 2018. Dick was a prominent leader in the Nikkei community not only in the greater Victoria area but also throughout Vancouver Island. During the 1980’s he worked tirelessly to mobilize the Japanese-Canadians on Vancouver Island in the fight for redress. It was because of Dick’s vision and hard work that the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society was established and got off the ground. We are forever indebted to Dick. He will be sorely missed and certainly not forgotten.
Dick’s full obituary which was published in the Times Colonist on Oct 16, 2018 can be seen here: https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=190485391&referrer=0&preview=True
A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held:
Sunday, October 28th, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Beach House Restaurant
5109 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria BC.
Dick’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers or koden, please consider supporting the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society, the Nikkei National Museum or the Broadmead Care Society.
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).
For indepth details visit the fair page here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/2018-japanese-cultural-fair/!
Manju Making (Work Party)
Saturday, Oct 20th at St. Aidan’s Church, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Do you have any experience making manju? We could sure use your help!
Fair Food Preparations (Bento Prep and Manju Packaging)
Friday, Oct 26th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre 10:00am to 4:00pm
We need volunteers to help prepare the bento ingredients as well as package the manju.
**Come for the day or part of the day.**
Jubilee Hall Decorations
Friday, Oct 26th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
Do you like working on ladders and decorating walls? We can use a few extra hands to help decorate the main hall at the rec centre.
Japanese Fall Fair
Saturday, October 27th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (All Day)
- 7 am – 10 am – Setup
- 10 am – 1 pm – Morning Shift
- 1 pm – 4 pm – Afternoon Shift
- 4 – 6 pm – Take down
CFAX Interview on the Gorge Park Tea House Initiative (Thursday, August 16th)
Click the link below to hear Adam Sterling of CFAX 1070 Radio interviewing VNCS president Tsugio Kurushima on the recent research by UVIC’s Landscape of Injustice Project (https://www.uvic.ca/news/topics/2018+japanese-teahouse-gorge+news) that is helping to inform/support the intitiative to rebuild a commerative Tea House of somekind in the Esquimalt Gorge Park through the McLoughlin Amenity Funds.
Link to radio interview: http://www.iheartradio.ca/cfax-1070/tsugio-kurushima-president-victoria-nikkei-cultural-society-mike-abe-landscapes-of-injustice-project-manager-1.5948795?mode=Article&autoplay=1.5948795
For more on the Tea House initiative click here: http://www.vncs.ca/wordpress/tea-house-initiative/
Obon Grave Washing (2018)
ALL ARE WELCOME
10:00am – Grave Washing (meet at the Kakehashi Stone)
12:30pm – Picnic Lunch (bring your own bento)
2:30pm – Obon Buddhist Service
Hosted by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Japanese Friendship Society with support from The Old Cemeteries Society – we invite you to come and participate with us in honouring those who have gone before.
10:00am – Grave Washing
Everyone meet at the Kakehashi Stone at 10:00am (donations of flowers are welcome, please bring at this time) and then cleaning teams will be assembled to proceed with:
- Cleaning of gravestones
- Laying flowers and toys for children’s graves
- Preparing the Kakehashi Stone
12:30 pm – Picnic Lunch
After the grave washing is complete we invite all to stay for a picnic lunch. Please bring your own bento and the VNCS will provide light snacks, tea and water. This will be a time for folks to get to know each other better.
2:30 pm – Obon Service
Obon service led by Reverend Grant Ikuta, Resident Minister of the Steveston Buddhist Temple and Bishop of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada
Hope to see you there!
What is Obon?
“Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honour the spirit’s of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their graves. It is when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.” – from Wikipedia
This is a time for us to get in touch with our past, expressing our true joy and gratitude to not only our immediate ancestors, but to all past causes and conditions that have allowed us to be here today. It is the ultimate recognition and celebration of the oneness of life that has existed in the past and that we continue to be a part of today.
Japanese-Canadian Graves at Ross Bay Cemetery
The Japanese-Canadian community in Victoria was exiled by the Canadian Government during the Pacific War (WWII) and very few ever returned. Therefore, there are no descendants to care for the graves in Ross Bay Cemetery. The VNCS and Victoria Japanese Friendship Society are pleased to continue the work of the Kakehashi (Bridge Building) Project along with the Old Cemeteries Society in caring for the Japanese graves. For more information please read: http://www.jccovictoria.ca/rossbay.html.
Proudly Supported By
Come join us at Broadmead Village Shopping Centre on Saturday, July 28, 2:30 to 4:30 PM for Japan Fest. Enjoy an afternoon of taiko featuring Uminari Taiko , bon odori by Furusato Dancers and some delicious Japanese cuisine from FUDO Japanese Restaurant. FUDO will be offering a special $6 snack menu for this occasion and 50% of the proceeds will go to the VNCS. Hope to see you there!
VNCS Summer Social
Tanabata (Star) Festival
Esquimalt Gorge Park
Saturday July 7th
11am – 2pm
This event is open to all VNCS members and their friends. This event is less structured to allow folks to get to know each other better.
Please bring your own bento (lunch) to Esquimalt Gorge Park at 11:00am. The park has large picnic tables, lots of parking and full restroom facilities at the Gorge Waterway Nature House.
Make a wish to celebrate Tanabata
We’re pleased to provide tanzaku (coloured paper for writing wishes), origami paper for decorations and small bamboo for hanging the tanzaku that each family will be able to take home with them. Tanabata (Star Festival) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata
Cool off with some Kakigori!
We’ll also be making kakigori (shaved ice dessert) for everyone. Kakigori – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakigori
Please direct questions to our organizers:
Don’t forget to wear your yukata or jinbe!