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