2023 Board of Directors

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre the Board of Directors for 2023 was elected by acclimation.

The 2023 elected Board of Directors are:

  1. President – Tsugio Kurushima
  2. Vice President – Debbie Ibaraki
  3. Treasurer – Ken Watai
  4. Natsuke Abe
  5. Maureen Bird
  6. Yuuri Daiku
  7. Karen Geiger
  8. Reyna Goshinmon
  9. Amy Kawano
  10. Yukari Peerless
  11. Joyce Tobo
  12. Kimiko West

To find out more about our current directors visit the Board of Directors page here: https://www.vncs.ca/about-the-vncs/vncs-board-directors/.

2023 Mochi-Tsuki Shinnen Kai



Presented by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Japanese Friendship Society and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
Esquimalt Rec Centre
2:30 PM – 5:15 PM (The door opens at 2:00 PM)
Details: Mochi-pounding and tasting, Japanese calligraphy contest, Hanetsuki, Fukuwarai, performances by Uminari Taiko, Language School Soran Dancers and Choir and Furusato Dancers

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Remember – Recount – Reconcile

On Saturday October 29th, the Ucluelet & Area Historical Society is holding a round-table story-telling event, bringing together families of all three ethnic groups affected when the Japanese Canadians were removed from the coast, and particularly from the fishing village of Ucluelet where they made up one half the population, while  First Nations plus White settlers were the other half.
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CCPA hosts Tetsuro Shigematsu’s powerful display of emotion: Empire of The Son (Sep 22)

VNCS Members invited to complimentary one night only performance of
Empire of the Son

The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is pleased to present Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire Of The Son on Thursday, September 22, 2022 for one night only at CCPA’s Performance Hall.
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Volunteers needed for GEI:ART Symposium (Sep 16-18)


Volunteers needed for GEI:ART Symposium

The GEI:ART Japanese Canadian Artists Symposium organized by the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), in collaboration with UVic and funding from the Canada Council will see one hundred Japanese Canadian artists from across Canada gather in Victoria for a three day symposium at the newly restored Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion September 16-18, 2022.

We invite you to join our elite volunteer crew to showcase what a warm and welcoming Japanese Canadian community we have here in Victoria and to make them feel at home.
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