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Watch the Japanese Cultural Fair Virtual Edition right here on the VNCS website on Saturday, October 24th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time). Below is the performance schedule line up. Please note that as this is a live broadcast event…times may not be exact.
Virtual Edition – Performance Line Up
Uminari Taiko (12:05)
The fair opens with Uminari Taiko and the thunder of Japanese drums. Vancouver Island’s only taiko drumming ensemble their name translates as “roaring sea” – the sound of the crashing waves and the silence in between – a tribute to the drums and our windswept island.
Tea Ceremony (12:30)
Chado Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association – Urasenke style traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, the Way of Tea, has been taught by Mrs. Mito since 1998. Her group will demonstrate the casual Chabako style, which has a box containing all the utensils and is suitable for outdoor gatherings where the guest can enjoy a bowl of tea outside.
Ikebana Demonstration (12:50)
Sensei Michiko Segeuv will demonstrate Sogetsu Ikebana flower arranging through four different arrangements with dried and fresh plant materials and Ikebana containers. Seguev is a certified Sogetsu Ikebana School teacher who trained in Tokyo and has been teaching for 20 years.
Interview with special guest Jordan Stanger-Ross (1:10)
Jordan Stranger-Ross will talk about UVIC’s Landscapes of Injustice project, its successes, and its next steps highlighting the dispossession of
Kimono and its Seasonal Differences (1:25)
Hitomi Harama, a specialist of Kimono and Japanese culture, will introduce the Kimono, its culture, and its 1,300-plus years of history. Though it ceased being daily wear for Japanese people around 1940, it is at the heart of Japanese culture and embedded with deep cultural matters.
Sake Q&A with Shino (1:35)
Shino Yamashiro is from Okinawa and Sake sommelier and manager at Ené Raw Food + Sake Bar. She will answer viewer’s questions about sake and give us suggestions on paring sake with various food. Send in your questions to email@example.com for your chance to win 1 Sake Flight Free!
Enjoying Daikon (Japanese Radish) in your Kitchen and Garden (2:00)
Umi Nami Farm
Interview with special guest Natsuki Abe (2:25)
Natsuki Abe will join the Virtual Fair to talk about the recently formed VNCS Heritage Community that she chairs and share its goals. She is a research assistant on UVIC’s Landscapes of Injustice project that focuses on the dispossession and forced sale of property owned by Japanese Canadians.
Lynn Howard-Gibbon, a sushi chef at Sen Zushi since 2005, will demonstrate how to make popular sushi rolls such as Futomaki and California rolls easily at home. Lynn lived in Japan from 1994 to 1999 and is active in the Japanese community, including Urasenke Tankokai (tea ceremony).
Uminari Taiko Finale (3:00)
The roar of the Japanese drum will close out the virtual fair with a second, unique performance by Uminari Taiko.
The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 21stAnnual Japanese Cultural Fair is going new places this year – online.
The Virtual Edition of the fair is being presented as a three-hour long live online show combining pre-taped vignettes and live performances, all highlighting Victoria’s Japanese community.
“For more than two decades the fair has been the main event on our society’s calendar, and it is our way of sharing our history and culture with everyone in Greater Victoria,” said VNCS President Tsugio Kurushima. “We decided a few months ago that we would face the pandemic like so many people are facing it – we would adapt to it but we would not let it stop us.”
Viewers can expect performances of Taiko drumming, Koto playing, Ikebana flower arranging, the Japanese tea ceremony, Kyudo Japanese archery, Kimono dressing, and Kamishibai story telling, as well as a look at Japanese vegetables by Umi Nami Farms.
“We’re disappointed we can’t get together in person, and enjoy the fabulous food made by volunteers that’s always a delight, but we are looking at the positives,” Kurushima said. “We’re looking forward to having video presentations that will be able to provide a closer look than any stage performance ever could.”
The full schedule of events will be posted at VNCS.ca as soon as it is finalized.
Where and When:
August 6th and 9th, 2020.
Communities are invited to join in Bell ringing and “making a righteous noise” at the time of dropping of the bombs.
Individuals are invited to set a reminder and take a moment to reflect… “Set a chime for those times”
On Thursday, August 6 and Sunday, August 9 church bells, hand bells and other appropriate devices are to be rung across Vancouver Island at the time the bombs exploded: 8:15 AM on August 6 and 11:50 AM on August 9.
The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society will ring the Morioka Friendship bell on David Foster Way.
Please join us. COVID-19 protocols for safety will be followed.
If you are planning on coming please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are invited to take part in the online educational event:
Thursday, August 6 at noon, a live Zoom presentation with a question and answer period on the current nuclear weapons threat, nuclear weapons and religious faith, and the public health and the environmental consequences of nuclear weapons. Register here to receive the Zoom Link.
Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford is past President of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. She has twice been awarded the Governor General of Canada Award and has participated in humanitarian missions to North Korea.
Magritte Gordaneer from Victoria is a student at McGill University. She founded McGill Students for Peace and Disarmament, the university’s only student peace group. Magritte travelled to Hiroshima to participate in the Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security presented by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Jonathan Down is President of Physicians for Global Survival. He is a pediatrician at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria.
Moderator for the program is Bill Geimer, US army veteran and Professor of Law Emeritus, Washington and Lee University.
Send any questions to Bill Geimer at email@example.com
The week of 2-9 August, 2020 is to be designated as Hibakusha Remembrance Week honouring the survivors of the bombings.
Find out more about the VNCS.
Please plan to attend the society’s 2020 Annual General Meeting which will be held on:
Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 9:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Esquimalt Recreation Centre, Craigflower Room
Following the 2020 AGM, our special guest speaker will be Michael Abe and Natsuki Abe from the Landscapes of Injustice.
Natsuki and Mike will use examples of digital records to show how they can enhance a community members’ understanding of their family history. They will also introduce their proposal for a heritage sub committee for the VNCS and give a short update on the Landscapes of Injustice project.
11:15 AM — 役員と理事の選出
11:45 AM — 年次総会終了
12:00 PM-1:15 PM — ゲストスピーカーマイケル・アベ & ナツキ・アベ
|What: 2020 New Year Celebration|
Mochi-Tsuki Shinnen Kai
When: Sunday, January 19, 2020
2:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
527 Fraser Street, Victoria, BC
Join us to celebrate this New Year with a potluck dinner, entertainment, interactive participation including mochi-pounding, calligraphy writing and traditional games to celebrate this New Year.
This popular community event for all ages has a few guidelines that will be in place:
a) Attendees must be an active member of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Japanese Friendship Society, or the Victoria Heritage Japanese Language School
b) Admission is with a main course dish to share
c) Please bring sufficient food to feed your family plus 2 (two) other people
d) As well, please LABEL your serving dish and utensils with your name and your food item with an ingredient list
e) Drinks and dessert will be provided for guests
Volunteer Help Still Needed!
We still require 8 – 10 volunteers to work on teams including:
1. Reception Greeting
2. Food/Drink Tables Attending Crew
3. Room Set-up or Take-down Crew
If you are able to assist, please contact the Organizing Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Excitement is mounting and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday, January 19, 2020!
何でしょうか？ — 2020年新年会です。
日時：1月19日日曜日2:30 PM – 6:15 PM
会場：エスクァイモルト・レクレーション・センター (527 Fraser Street, Victoria, BC)
(和訳 フェドロー 美恵子)