Cultural Fair – Volunteers Needed

logoThe Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society is thrilled to be hosting the 24th Japanese Cultural Fair this summerIt will take place on Saturday, August 24th, 2024, at the Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion (1070 Tillicum Road) from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. It is a a FREE, family oriented event to showcase and promote local Japanese-Canadian cultural groups in Victoria and the surrounding areas. There will be Japanese cultural performances such as taiko, bon odori, martial arts and minyo music and delicious Japanese food such as Takoyaki, Kakigori, and more. This is also a fundraiser for the VNCS, through the sale of Japanese food, Things Japanese, and Silent Auction.

We cannot run an event like this without the tremendous support of our volunteers! If you’re interested in being a part of the Japanese-Canadian community, making new friends, or working with your friends, this is a great opportunity for you!

Sounds interesting? Submit the volunteer intake form from here

The volunteer roles include but are not limited to:

    • Food preparation (before the fair day) – for anyone who wants to learn more about Japanese cooking!
    • Setup/decoration (before/on the fair day) – for anyone who wants to move around and experience the behind the scenes of a fair!
  • Food areas (on the fair day) 
    • Food sales – for anyone who has the ability to handle cash/make change and work with the public (it’s a bonus if you enjoy socializing!)
    • Food preparation – for anyone interested in Japanese cooking!
  • Kids area (on the fair day)  – for people who enjoy playing with kids 🙂
  • Room coordinators/coordinator support (on the fair day) – for people with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Recycling (on the fair day) – for anyone enthusiastic about protecting our environment and keen on keeping the fair green 🙂
  • Parking (on the fair day) – for anyone who loves spending time outside and has strong organization skills as well as the ability to work with the public
  • Merchandising (on the fair day) –  for anyone who has the ability to handle cash/make change and work with the public (it’s a bonus if you enjoy socializing!)
    • Silent Auction
    • Things Japanese
    • Mystery boxes
  • and more!

Volunteer Perks

  • Meet new friends and help bring the festival to life!
  • Free snacks & hydration drink at the volunteer room
  • Entry to the volunteer raffle – chance to win some goodies!
  • Volunteer Appreciation Lunch after the fair
  • And more! Become a volunteer to find out!


  • How long is a shift? 
    • Typically a shift is 3 hours long, and you can always coordinate with your peer volunteers and get some breaks. We want you to enjoy the fair too!
  • Will there be training? 
    • Most positions do not require dedicated training time, but there will be an orientation session for all the volunteers to get some key information
  • Can I work with my friend(s)? What if I want to work at a specific volunteer position?
    • Please indicate your friends’ names and any other preferences in the intake form and we will do our best to accommodate it!
  • Do I need any special qualification? 
    • For food areas, there will be FoodSafe certified supervisor(s) at all times. For the kids area, there will be supervisor(s) who have gone through the criminal record check process at all times. Volunteers are not required to have the same qualifications.
  • What if my question is not covered? 

Japan Fest – Volunteers Needed

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and FUDO Japanese Restaurant will be holding Japan Fest 2024, a festival celebrating Japanese culture.  It will take place on Saturday, July 20 at the Broadmead Village Shopping Centre from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the courtyard outside FUDO.  There will be Japanese cultural performances such as taiko, bon odori, martial arts and minyo music.  This is also a fundraiser for the VNCS, through the sale of Japanese food, Things Japanese and a raffle.

We require a few more volunteers in the following areas:

  • Food preparation from 9:00 am to 2 00 pm.
  • Set up from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Manning the tables from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
    • Food sales
    • Kakigori table
    • Raffle table

There will be FoodSafe certified supervisors in the food-related areas, so you do not have to have a valid FoodSafe to volunteer at these areas (although it’s nice to have!)

If you can help, please contact Yumiko at or Tsugio at


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: