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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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Japanese Fair Shows Off Culture, Food, Music in Greater Victoria

The thunder of the Japanese Taiko drum. The quiet contemplation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The traditional taste of a sweet Japanese manju dessert.

All this and more will be there to experience along with other Japanese food, entertainment and crafts at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

“The cultural fair is a highlight of the season for our community – it’s our chance to share our culture as Japanese-Canadians with our friends and neighbours,” said VNCS President Tsugio Kurushima. “It’s an all-ages event – with activities for old and young to get a taste of Japanese food and culture.”

On the cultural front people can try their hand at writing Haiku, find out about Japanese classical theatre, or enjoy learning about Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and bonsai.

There will also be demonstrations of a number of Japanese martial arts, including Iaido and Kendo (two types of swordsmanship), Judo, and Aikido.

On the musical front there will be the ever popular taiko drums, as well as the ever popular Soran Bushi and Youth Choir, and a Bon Odori performance by the Furusato Dancers.

And no cultural experience can take place on an empty stomach – one of the reasons why the food offerings are always popular at the fair. Ready to eat are chicken or vegetarian bento boxes, the only-at-the-fair YYJ Dogs (hot dogs with special Japanese toppings), homemade onigiri rice balls, and tasty bean-jam filled manju desserts. And of course, there will be plenty of sushi.

The complete schedule of events is at goo.gl/quYnY3.

“Everyone from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society is looking forward to welcoming the community and giving a glimpse into Japanese culture right here in Greater Victoria,” Kurushima added.

Where and When:
What: 18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair
Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser St..
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: FREE

Fair offers chance to try Haiku – NEW EVENT

Aspiring poets young and old can learn about traditional Japanese Haiku poetry and contemporary North American haiku (primarily written in English) at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

Terry Ann Carter, the Victoria-based president of Haiku Canada, will host a Haiku table all day long at the fair to give people the chance to try their hand at  the art form tracing its origins back hundreds of years. She will be joined by other members of Haiku Arbutus, a haiku study group that she formed here in Victoria four years ago.

Carter, and the other poets at the table, will be aiming to go beyond counting syllables, to teach the techniques for composing haiku which ultimately juxtaposes the natural world and human nature. Participants at the Fair may also ask for a personal haiku written just for them.

Carter has published five chapbooks of haiku and has just released Tokaido, (Red Moon Press, 2017) a collection of haibun — or combination of prose and haiku — that mirrors the journey on the old road between Kyoto and Tokyo, the two cities at the heart of Japanese culture.

Some example of haiku by the poets who will be at the fair:

dark moon

we all have

our secrets.      

Terry Ann Carter

 

scattered ashes

the lilacs bow down

with rain            

Dan Curtis

 

evening tide

sandcastles

becoming sand      

Nika

 

leaving Tokyo subway

a hundred umbrellas

rise in unison                   

Sidney Bending

Taste of Japan at 18th Annual cultural fair

Bring your appetites when you come to the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

A variety of Japanese and Japanese-inspired foods are on the menu for the day to make sure that everyone can have a taste of the rich food culture of Japan and the Japanese community in Greater Victoria.

The homemade bento boxes are sure to fly off the shelves as they are one of the most popular — and delicious — items at the fair. Available with either chicken or in a vegetarian version, they come with rice, and delicious Japanese vegetables. This is the kind of traditional boxed lunch Japanese workers bring from home for their midday meal.

For those looking for a snack rather than the full meal of a bento box, there will be delicious homemade onigiri — rice balls. One of the most popular snack foods in Japan, the onigiri at the fair have either salmon or umeboshi (traditional Japanese sour plum) wrapped in rice and held together with a large piece of nori — the dried seaweed sheets used to make sushi rolls.

Another handmade and homemade treat is the ever popular manju. These traditional Japanese desserts have a flour and rice powder pastry-type shell wrapped around a sweet red bean filling. They are a true taste of Japan — and you’ll want more than one.

There will also be a wide variety the Japanese food that has become a staple in every corner of the world – sushi. Sushi’s origins are as a street food — something you picked up and ate at a small stand in the middle of a market. So the experience at the cultural fair is like a time travel trip to old Edo (the name of Tokyo before it became the capital in 1868).

Some folks wait the entire year for the cultural fair for the once-a-year and only-in-Victoria Japanese style treat — the YYJ dog. It may look like a hot dog. It may come in a bun. But the magical blend of special Japanese toppings make this a mouthwatering treat worth waiting for!

Admission to the fair is free — so mark your calendar and come hungry to enjoy a taste of Japan!

2017 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 21st)

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 18th Annual (2017)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 21st
2017 Program (PDF)
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

FREE ADMISSION
Family Friendly!

Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts).

Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, and various martial arts.

Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!

NEW THIS YEAR

Haiku – Terry Ann Carter in the Craigflower Room at 1:15pm.

Japanese Classical Theatre – Professor Cody Poulton in the Craigflower Room at 2:15pm.

SPECIAL MENTION

Kamishibai Story Telling – Rebecca Kool is returing this year and will be presenting stories in the Kamishibai tradition (Kids Room at 11:45am).

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!).

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2016 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 22nd)

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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 17th Annual (2016)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 22nd
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

FREE ADMISSION
Family Friendly!

Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts).

Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, martial arts, and kimono dressing.

Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!

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2015 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 24th)

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The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 16th Annual (2015)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 24th
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

FREE ADMISSION
Family Friendly!

Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts). Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, sumi-e, kendo, karate and iaido. Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!
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