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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The VNCS and FUDO Japanese Restaurant present JAPAN FEST (July 28)

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!

Workshops to learn Kimono and Japanese Culture

Workshops to learn Kimono and Japanese Culture in February, 2017.
Call 250-384-6542 to register at Cook Street Village Activity Center (380 Cook St #1)

2017年2月Cook Street Village Activity Centre (380 Cook St #1) にて

ご登録は250-384-6542 までお電話ください

In this global community, more people seem to enjoy Japanese influenced style, fashion and food on a daily basis. Even though going to Japanese restaurants or eating sushi seems to be common fair here in Canada, Japanese cultural matters are not very well known or understood yet. Through these kimono and Japanese culture workshops, we can learn traditional Japanese customs and basic Japanese social manners.

世界の様々な文化が混ざった 社会であるカナダでは、 日本の影響を受けたスタイルやファッションや食べ物はすでに多くの人々の日常的な暮らしに溶け込んでいます。日本食レストランへ行って寿司を食べるなどは誰もがしていることですが、日本文化が正しく理解されているか、は まだまだこれからのように思われます。日本の伝統文化やマナーは着物を着る文化と深く繋がっている という視点から、このワークショップは企画されました。日本の伝統的慣習や文化を考える機会を作ってみませんか?

The instructor/lecturer is Hitomi Harama, Kimono and Japanese culture specialist.

講師は 原馬仁美(はらまひとみ)

Two types of workshops are:


1) 6pm-7:30pm, February 9th (Thursday), 2017, at the cozy lounge with a fire place.
An informative talk session about history of kimono and the kimono related Japanese cultural matters, including PowerPoint presentation and some kimono demonstration.


2) 10am-11:30am, February 17th and 24th (Friday), 2017
Two consecutive classes to learn how to wear traditional Japanese Kimono.
We will learn basics of wearing kimono together with protocols of kimono coordination. Students bring their own kimono to practice. For those who don’t own kimono but would like to take these classes, please contact “kimono@umesilk.com”—rental kimono may be available.

2月17日と24日(金曜日) 午前10時〜11時半

The session fees are:

1) $5 for CSVAC members & $7 for non-members
CSVAC CSVAC 会員は$5、一般は $7

2) $8 for CSVAC members & $10 for non-members ($16 & $20 for two consecutive classes)
CSVAC 会員は$8、一般は $10 (2回クラス分、$16 と$20)

Handbell Berries (July 24)

Handbell Berries in Concert at
First Metropolitan United Church
July 24, 3:00 pm
932 Balmoral Rd
Phone (250)388-5188

handbell01Founded in 2000, the Handbell Berries (https://www.facebook.com/handbell.berries), also known as the Handbell Ringers of Japan are an English handbell ensemble from Tokyo, Japan. There are over 500 handbell groups in Japan, mainly located in schools. Arguably the best bell ringers in the world, they are performing in Victoria just prior to appearing in the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver (http://www.ihs2016vancouver.ca/) from July 26 to 30.

handbell02The ringers are instructed and led by Satomi Kono, a Lifetime Honorable Member of the BC Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Satomi started playing the handbells at age 15 and studied in Canada for five years from 1990 to 1995.

They will be performing “Haru no Umi” (Spring Sea) written by Michio Miyagi and arranged by Hirotaka Arai. This piece, written in 1929 for koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) and shakuhachi (a Japanese end-blown flute) , is Miyagi’s best-known composition and was composed based on his childhood memory of the sea at Tomomoura that he saw before losing his eyesight.



Takata Garden and Teahouse Celebration!

Takata Garden and Teahouse Celebration!
Sunday Feb 21st 2016 at Gorge Park, Esquimalt
1:00pm to 4:00 pm

VNCS will have a table where participates can try their hand at sumie, shodo and orgami. Keiko Alkire will be doing shodo, Mike Abe sumie and origami by Kana Mercer & her children, Natsuki and Izumi Abe.

The Furusato Dancers will be performing and so will the children choir from the Victoria Heritage Japanese Language School.

1:00 pm – Event kick-off – official welcome
1:00 – 2:00 – Shodo (Keiko Alkire) and Origami (Kana Mercer)
1:30 – 1:50 – Furusato Dancers
1:50 – 2:00 – VHJLS Children Choir
2:00 – 3:00 – Sumie (Mike Abe) and Origami (Natsuki or Izumi)
2:00 – 2:10 – Furusato Dancers will lead an audience participation dance
2:45 – 3:15? – Dennis Minaker will give a guided tour of Gorge Park
3:00 – 4:00 – Shodo (Masami Barclay) and Origami (JFS)


Book launch and lecture – Introducing 2 NEW Japanese Canadian books

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at UVic are pleased to present talks by the authors on their books of Japanese Canadian interest.

When: Monday, November 23, 2015
6:00-7:30 pm

Where: David Strong Building Room C116
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

This event is free. The authors will have their books available for purchase and signing.

For more information, contact the VNCS at info@vncs.ca

Sakura in StoneSakura in Stone – Ann-Lee and Gordon Switzer

SAKURA IN STONE: Victoria’s Japanese Legacy is the second book on the subject of Japanese Canadian pioneers to be released by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer. In 2012, they published Gateway to Promise, Canada’s First Japanese Community, which won second prize from the B.C. Historical Federation that year. A ground-breaking study, Gateway revealed in detail the little-known history of Victoria’s Japanese community that disappeared during the Second World War. Since then, the Switzers have researched further and found new material shedding light on this early community.

Those discoveries form the basis for this book and for their lecture including information about the first true settler from Japan to reach Victoria and make Canada his home (hint: it is not the well-known Japanese pioneer named Nagano)


toshikocoverToshiko – Michael Kluckner

Michael Kluckner will be talking about his graphic novel Toshiko, set in BC in 1944 with a Japanese-Canadian protagonist, and the story’s genesis in the non-fiction of his book Vanishing British Columbia and the Japanese-Canadian families on Mayne Island. He will also reflect on the value of graphic novels for historic storytelling and describe the reception of the book, including its relation to the Landscapes of Injustice program and the response to it by a class which used it in the Canadian Studies program at McGill.

Michael Kluckner is an artist and the author of more than a dozen books, mostly about Vancouver and British Columbia history. He is the president of the Vancouver Historical Society and a member of the Heritage Commission, and lives with his wife in Vancouver’s Grandview neighbourhood.