Royal BC Museum – Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Royal BC Museum – Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration

Saturday, May 25, 2024 11:00 AM – And 1:00 PM

Royal BC Museum – Clifford Carl Hall
675 Belleville St
Victoria, BC V8W 9W2

May is Asian Heritage month. Join members of the Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association as they demonstrate chado (Japanese Tea Ceremony). Urasenke has long been active in promoting worldwide understanding and appreciation of chado. The four principles of chado are Wa (Harmony), Kei (Respect), Sei (Purity), and Jaku (tranquility). Chado, also known as chanoyu and commonly referred to as the Japanese Tea Ceremony in English, is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for refinement of the self — known in Japanese as a ‘way’. The word ‘chado’ means “the way of tea”. Visitors are invited to observe the tea ceremony taking place on the main floor of the museum in Clifford Carl Hall.

Nori Tori 2024 coming Feb 25th

Nori Tori 2024

2023 Nori Tori Crew

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 ( for more information.

2024 Board of Directors

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday, February 04, 2024 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre the Board of Directors for 2024 was elected by acclimation.

The 2024 elected Board of Directors are:

  1. President – Tsugio Kurushima
  2. Vice President – Deborah Ibaraki
  3. Treasurer – David Lawson
  4. Secretary – Djuna Nagasaki
  5. Karen Geiger
  6. Reyna Goshinmon
  7. Amy Kawano
  8. Craig Mercer
  9. Yumiko Mizuno
  10. Joyce Tobo
  11. Kimiko West
  12. Lily Yee

To find out more about our current directors visit the Board of Directors page here:

2024 Annual General Meeting – Sunday, Feb 04

2024 AGM Announcement

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.

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Book Launch! Beauty of a New Land: The Lives and Legacies of Five Immigrant Women in Canada.


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 tells the 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.

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP to

Michiko Sakamoto-Senge

Beauty of a New Land

The Lives and Legacies of Five
Immigrant Women in Canada

By Michiko Sakamoto-Senge

Date December 10, 2023
Location Wentworth Villa
Architectural Heritage Museum
1156 Fort Street, Victoria

Time 2:00-4:30 pm
Books Available for purchase.
Cash, cheque, or e-transfers accepted.
$40 (no tax)

Wheelchair access from the side door.

Street parking available.

NAJC Open Letter on Israel-Palestine

National Association of Japanese Canadians

November 17, 2023

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

Via Email

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.

Yours sincerely,

Les Kojima