VNCS :: ビクトリア日系文化協会

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society – Celebrating Japanese-Canadian Culture

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2019 Mochi-Tsuki Shinnen Kai and Potluck Dinner



Presented by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Japanese Friendship Society and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Esquimalt Rec Centre
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please join us for a potluck dinner, entertainment and interactive participation which includes mochi-pounding and traditional games to celebrate this New Year.

As this is a popular community event for all ages, there are a few guidelines that will be in place:

  • Attendees must be Active Members of the Host Organizations
  • Admission with a Main Course Dish to share: Please bring sufficient food to feed your family plus 2 (two) other people.
  • As well, please LABEL your serving dish and utensils with your name and your food item with an ingredient list.

Drinks and Dessert will be provided for guests.

Go-Bid Auction for Fudo Gift Certificates

Fudo Gift Certificates available on Go-Bid

As a part of the Japanese Cultural Falll Fair (coming up in October), select items are being auctioned via Go Bid.

We currently have gift certificates from Fudo…Victoria’s newest sushi bar available for bidding.

To visit Go-Bid and make your own bid click here: http://www.gobid.ca/auction/882

The auction is active right now…until August 24th!  Please bid and share the link with others so more folks know about it too.

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

VNCS Membership Renewal

Please renew your VNCS membership for 2017.  The membership fee is still only $10 for an individual and $15 for a family.

It’s a small amount, but collectively it helps pay for the operation of the VNCS.

We were hoping to have the online membership payment facility available by now, but it is taking a bit longer so you will have to pay the old way by writing a cheque payable to VNCS and mailing it to:

Membership – Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
4401 Tremblay Drive
Victoria BC, V8N 4W6

If you are new to the VNCS then please include a membership form which can be obtained at http://www.vncs.ca/resources/VNCS_Membership_Brochure.pdf.

Victoria-Morioka 30th Anniversary Celebration of Sister Cities

Victoria-Morioka30th Anniversary Celebration of Sister Cities
May 16th to May 19th 2015
Victoria, Canada & Morioka, Japan

To Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the twinning of our Cities, our
friends from Morioka are coming to Victoria.

Invitation to Three Events:

Welcome our visitors from Morioka when they arrive!

When – Saturday May 16th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Where Hotel Grand Pacific on Belleville Street
No Cost

Join our celebration reception on Sunday evening.

When – Sunday May 17th, 2015, 6 to 8:00 pm.
Where – Hotel Grand Pacific
Price $ 75.00 per person on Belleville Street
(Price includes appetizers, beer or wine, and non-alcoholic beverages)
Special Entertainment includes Miss Misaki Usuzawa

Misaki is an 18 year old Japanese folk singer from Ootsuchi, an area in Iwate
Prefecture close to Morioka that suffered serious damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

Join us for the Bell of Friendship Ceremony (30th Anniversary)

When – Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 8:30AM
Where – Centennial Park, Victoria Inner Harbour
(Located off Belleville Street between Admirals Hotel & Laurel Point Inn)

If you plan on attending, RSVP to
Bill McCreadie at wmccreadie@shaw.ca

#300 – 818 Douglas Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2B6
Phone (250) 388-7043 Fax (250) 388-7501
Email – wmccreadie@shaw.ca

Some of the highlights from previous anniversaries include:

1985 (Beginning): Matching monuments erected in Victoria (along Dallas Road) and Morioka (in Iwate Park) to dedicate the sister city relationship).

1990 (5th): Azumaya erected along the sea well, near Laurel Point, in Victoria


1995 (10th): Native Totem Pole erected in Morioka, in Iwate Park

2000 (15th): Victoria – Morioka Friendship Clock installed on the tower of the Tourist Information Centre in downtown Victoria


2005 (20th): Dr. Inazo Nitobe Memorial Garden constructed at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC


2010 (25th): Victoria-Morioka Mural, a joint project with the Creative Peace Mural Society, constructed in Victoria & Morioka, and donated to City of Morioka.


2015 (30th):  Friendship Bell, a gift from Morioka, to be unveiled in Victoria (on Tues., May 19th)

2014 Jet Programme Recruitment underway!

jetprogram_logoGreetings from the Consulate General of Japan!

Recruitment for the 2014 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is currently underway. For Canadian citizens, the application forms and guide are available online at jetprogramme.ca. The deadline to apply is November 29, 2013.

The JET Programme offers a minimum, one-year opportunity to experience Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) through an official Government of Japan program. ALTs work alongside Japanese teachers of English in the public school system, while CIRs are employed in local government offices. Participants gain valuable overseas work experience, learn about Japanese culture, and meet participants from around the world, while contributing to language education and international understanding.

Further information about the JET Programme can be found on the Consulate General of Japan’s website: http://www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/en/jet/overview.htm. In general, applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree (any discipline) by July 2014 and be a Canadian citizen, to apply through the Embassy of Japan in Canada. As the JET Programme involves 40 countries, non-Canadians can follow the link on our website as to how to apply as a citizen of another country. If their home country is listed, they can click on the country to find out how to apply through the Embassy of Japan in that country. (Available positions and eligibility requirements may differ.)

We hope you will consider forwarding this message to your friends, colleagues or others who might be interested in this opportunity to live and work in Japan. Thank you again for supporting our program.


Steve Chevalier
Culture and Information Assistant
Consulate General of Japan
900-1177 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2K9