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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Japan Fest 2019

Save the date – don’t miss our second annual Japan Fest on Saturday, July 27th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM!

Experience the taste and culture of Japan at Japan Fest on July 27, 2019 at the Broadmead Village Shopping Centre. Enjoy powerful Japanese drumming by Uminari Taiko, graceful Japanese folk dancing by award winning Furusato Dancers and savour delicious Japanese cuisine provided by FUDO Japanese Restaurant.

FUDO will be providing a special $7 snack menu. This event is a family friendly FREE event that will run from 3:00-5:00 PM in the court yard outside of FUDO.

Thank You 2018 Japanese Cultural Fair Sponsors and Volunteers!

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

Bento Sushi
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)
Monday Magazine
Township of Esquimalt
Victoria News

GOLD Level Sponsors

Jaga Silk
Sushi Rice Studios
Sushi Story

SILVER Level Sponsors

Aiko Sutherland
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Blenkinsop Valley Golf Centre
Butchart Gardens
Carlton Plaza Hotel, Best Western Plus
Carole Smith
Curtis Cross
Diane McNally
Eiko Larsen
Eric Wang
Gerry Bell
Happy Smith
Heart and Hands Health Collective
Henry Shimizu
Jack & Elizabeth Watanabe
Jean Murata & Ken
Jo Brooks
Jo Caragata
Joyce Matzke (Kimono Closet)
Joyce Pearlstone
Joyce’s Kimono Closet
Junko Hicks
Kodo, The Way of Fragrance
Maureen Bird
Melody Cornell
Miho Lindley
Obara & Company Chartered Accountants
Pacific Mazda
Patti Ayukawa
Rose Oishi
Roy Katsuyama
Royal BC Museum
Scott MacDonald
Silk Road Tea
Susan Kurushima
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant

BRONZE Level Sponsors

Amy Kawano
Ann-Lee Switzer
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Buckerfield’s Feeds & Pet Supplies (Saanich Store)
Connie Izard
Cristina Shore
Dale Brougton
Deborah Shepherd
Gayle Nye
Gardens at HCP
Golden City Restaurant
Grace Kamitakahara
Hiroko Currie
J&J Wonton Noodle House
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jasmine Restaurant
Koto Japanese Restaurant
Kuma Noodle Japan
Kuniko Brauss
Kunio Yamagishi
Linda Burtch
Linda Phillipsen
Lisa Okada
Margaret Hoyle
Marilyn Whitehead
Mieko Fedrau
Miichiko Seguev
Milestones Grill & Bar
Munro’s Books
Nana Spence
Nessa Herman
Noodle Box
Pacific Shiatsu
Picnic (coffee shop)
Russell Nursery
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Sherry Goshinmon
Shiki Sushi
Shirley & Bruce Gorle
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Susan Ikeda
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
The Pedaler Cycling Tour
The Roost Farm Centre
Tomoko Okada
Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Umi Nami Farms
Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre (Cannor Nursery)

Pottery demonstrations by Harumi Ota – All Day at the Fair

Pottery demonstrations by Harumi Ota all day at the Japanese Cultural Fair, Oct 27th at Esquimalt Rec Centre

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/

2018 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 27th)

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 19th Annual (2018)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 27th
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

Family Friendly!

Savour – delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts.

Experience – ikebana, tea ceremony, traditional Japanese dance
and music.

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/!

Volunteers Needed!!!

We are short of volunteers to run the Japanese Cultural Fair which is only a couple of weeks away.  Volunteers are needed for the two food preparation work parties and on Fair Day.

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

To volunteer please contact Anika at anikaish14@gmail.com or Maureen at mobird@shaw.ca. We look forward to working with you!

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


becoming sand      



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!