If you are interested in harvesting nori from the beaches of Gabriola Island, mark your calendar for Sunday, February 25.
Nori is nourishing and grows naturally all around the Pacific Northwest, but the challenge is finding a beach with access to clean, cold, fast moving water and a convenient low tide. Foraging your own nori is a great way to explore Japanese cuisine, preserve tradition, and learn more about how we can be good stewards of this precious natural resource. It’s been a mild winter and with any luck the warmer weather will continue for another pleasant day on the beach for Nori Tori 2024!
Contact Bradley Kurushima (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Sunday, February 4, 2024 – 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Esquimalt Recreation Centre, Craigflower Room
Please join us for us our Annual Genera Meeting. We will review what the VNCS accomplished in 2023, look at our financial status, introduce some initiatives for 2024, elect our 2024 Board and hear about the Royal Roads University’s plans to revitalize their Japanese Garden.
NOTE: To vote at the AGM you must be a paid up member of the VNCS. You can pay your membership at the AGM or do it online through our Web site. Plan to arrive by 9:45 to register.
Please join me to celebrate the publication of my new book, Beauty of a New Land: The Lives and Legacies of Five Immigrant Women in Canada.
Beauty of a New Land tellsthe stories of five elder women, including me, who immigrated to Canada, decades ago, from different parts of the world. The book celebrates their contributions to Canadian society and describes how each has managed to bridge the culture of her homeland with that of their adopted nation. It offers a glimpse into each of four women’s relationships with a daughter and a granddaughter and explores the cultural dynamics that tend to exist within immigrant families who become Canadians. It bears witness to the vital self-confidence and the sensitive awareness of five women who have made meaningful and happy lives for themselves in Canada while working to forge a just society for others.
I will be reading from and signing the book as well as introducing these amazing women.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Aﬀairs
Dear Prime Minister and Ministers:
Open Letter from the Japanese Canadian Community: Urgent Call for an End to the Deadly Israel-Palestine Conﬂict
The Japanese Canadian community calls on the Government of Canada to press for:
An immediate ceaseﬁre to the ﬁghting in Gaza;
The release of all hostages;
Increased access to Gaza for humanitarian aid and humanitarian corridors; and
Increased action against hate-crimes inﬂicted upon Arab, Jewish, Muslim and Palestinian communities in Canada.
The National Association of Japanese Canadians expresses its profound horror and shock at the level of brutality, loss of human life and the humanitarian crisis now occurring in Israel and Palestine. Although Palestinian people have endured decades of deprivation and human rights violations, the cruel atrocities and inhumanities carried out by Hamas on October 7 must be condemned. Retaliatory military actions by the Israeli government have however, resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians including children, helping to perpetuate the never-ending cycle of violence and hate. It is with heavy hearts and an urgent sense of responsibility that we reach out to call for an end to the deadly violence and destruction.
Japanese Canadians also stand against the evil of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We know all too well that wars waged in other parts of the world can result in those who are innocent being viliﬁed and targeted here at home. We implore all to reject hate, never to inﬂict suﬀering upon people because of who they are, to uphold human dignity and rights and to stand in resolute solidarity today and tomorrow with Arab, Jewish, Muslim and Palestinian people.
We would like to remind all parties involved of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in its preamble that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” Article 3 of the declaration reaﬃrms that “everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.” We implore all parties to prioritize the lives and well-being of their fellow human beings. The world is watching, and the time for lasting peace is now.
Content and time schedule: Please see the below 内容とタイムラインは下記をご覧ください
Part 1: Lecture “What is Dementia?”
10:00 to 10:50 PM (50 min)
Basic information, prevention, and institutional care of dementia
(10 min break) Part 2: Activity “Dementia and Living”
11:00 to 12:10 PM (70 min)
Discussion, group work, and role-play of how to support people with dementia
(5 min break) Part 3: Introduction of Team Orange “Initiatives of supporting people with dementia”
12:15 to 12:30 PM (15 min)
Examples of Dementia Dementia-friendly Communities in Japan
A big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors/donors that made this year’s Japanese Cultural Fair a big success! We just could not do it without YOU! 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!
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 Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors. ARIGATOU!
We encourage all those who attended the fair to frequent our sponsors below.
With much thanks from the Japanese Cultural Fair Planning Team: Amy Kawano, Craig Mercer, Debbie Ibaraki, Donovan Aikman, Jo Brooks, JO Caragata, Kana Mercer, James Harada-Down, Kyle Armour, Lily Yee, Lorin Goshinmon, Marlene Howell, Maureen Bird, Patti Kagawa, Rebecca Barnard, Reyna Goshinmon, Susan Ikeda, Susan Kurushima, Tsugio Kurushima, Yukari Peerless, and Yumiko Mizuno.
Thank you so much to all of the wonderful volunteers who were able to come and make this year’s Obon grave washing another amazing success. It was hot but the occasional cool breeze encouraged us to keep going. We had a great group of 15 volunteers clean all of the graves of early the Japanese pioneers and Japanese-Canadians buried in Ross Bay Cemetery. We had just enough flowers to ensure every grave got one. Arigatou gozaimashita!