2013 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair (Saturday, October 26th)

2013 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Poster

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 14th Annual (2013) Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 26th
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

Family Friendly!


Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts). Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, sumi-e, kendo and aikido. Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!

This year’s highlights:

  • Brian Angene who recently founded the Victoria Kyudo Association will be giving a presentation on Kyudo (Japanese Archery) in the Craigflower room at 12:45pm.
  • Rebecca Kool will be doing Kamishibai (a form of storytelling that originated in Japanese Buddhist temples in the 12th century, where monks used picture scrolls to convey stories) for the first time in the Kids Room at 1:15pm.
  • Gordon & Ann-Lee Switzer, our resident historians of Victoria’s early Japanese community and authors of the book Gateway to Promise: Canada’s First Japanese Community will be giving an illustrated talk in the Craigflower room at 1:45pm.
  • NOTE: The Esquimalt Recreation Centre is under going a fairly significant renovation to the common areas which may have an impact on some of the displays in the Atrium.

2013 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Program

Time Slot



10:45 – 11:10 Tea Ceremony #1 – Nagomi Tea Circle PIONEER B
11:15 – 11:40 Taiko Performance #1Uminari Taiko JUBILEE
11:45 – 12:10 Koto Performance #1 – Satomi Edwards PIONEER B
Bonsai Demonstration #1Vancouver Island Bonsai CRAIGFLOWER
Rakugo (Story Telling) – Michael & Natsuki Abe KIDS
12:15 – 12:40 Aikido DemonstrationSanShukan Aikikai JUBILEE
Ikebana Demonstration #1 – Michiko Seguev PIONEER A
12:45 – 1:10 Soran Bushi & Youth ChoirVictoria Japanese Heritage Language School JUBILEE
Kyudo (Japanese Archery) – Brian Angene CRAIGFLOWER
1:15 – 1:40 Tea Ceremony #2 – Nagomi Tea Circle PIONEER B
Bonsai Demonstration #2Vancouver Island Bonsai CRAIGFLOWER
Kamishibai (Story Telling) – Rebecca Kool KIDS
1:45 – 2:10 Bon Odori Dance – Furusato Dancers JUBILEE
Victoria’s Early Japanese (an illustrated talk) Gordon & Ann-Lee Switzer CRAIGFLOWER
2:15 – 2:40 Kendo DemonstrationVictoria Kendo Club JUBILEE
Ikebana Demonstration #2 – Michiko Seguev PIONEER A
2:45 – 3:10 Koto Performance #2 – Satomi Edwards PIONEER B
Kimono Dressing – Mitsuko Uranaka & Teruyo Sano CRAIGFLOWER
3:10 DOOR PRIZE DRAW #2 & Silent Auction Bidding Closes JUBILEE
3:15 – 3:40 Taiko Performance #2Uminari Taiko JUBILEE
3:45 – 4:00 Raffle & Volunteer Prizes JUBILEE
Parking Parking is limited at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre itself but there is plenty of parking at the Archie Browning Sports Centre and on the surrounding streets.

BusThe following bus routes access the Esquimalt Recreation Centre:
For more more information please visit the BC Transit website here: www.bctransit.com.

Proudly Sponsored By:


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 supporters/donors. ARIGATOU!


PLATINUM Level Sponsors

103.1 JACK FM
Diversity Reporter
Fujiya Japanese Foods
Koji Hayashi
Monday Magazine
Ocean 98.5


GOLD Level Sponsors

Betty Short (Chemainus)
Campus Acura
Campus Honda
Campus Nissan
Consulate-General of Japan Vancouver
Joyce’s Kimono Closet
Theresa Gallup


SILVER Level Sponsors

Amy Kawano
Barry Obara
Diane McNally
Jean Murata
Kuma Noodle
Metro Lexus Toyota
Miho Lindley
Obara & Company Chartered Accountants
Rose Oishi
Roy Katsuyama
Saunders Subaru
Silk Road Aromatherapy & Tea Co
Susan Kurushima
TM3 Hair Studio & Nail Salon
Township of Esquimalt
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club
Zen Floral Studio


BRONZE Level Sponsors

Aiko Sutherland
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Azuma Sushi
Bento Sushi
Bon Sushi
Brentwood Bay Nurseries Ltd.
Butchart Gardens
Cannor Nursery
Chieko Takasaki
Chikara Sushi Restaurant
Cristina Shore
Deb Shepherd
Glendale Gardens & Woodlands
Golden City Restaurant
Gordon & Ann-Lee Switzer
I-Kyu Noodles
Itami Sushi
Jack & Elizabeth Watanabe
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jasmine Restaurant
Kissako Green Tea Café
Koto Japanese Restaurant
Lorraine Nygaard
Margaret Hoyle
Maureen Bird
Midge Ayukawa
Milestones Grill & Bar
Patti Ayukawa
Patti Kagawa
Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
Russell Nursery
Sandy Cohen
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Shiki Sushi
Shima Sushi
Shirley Gorle
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Swallow Jewellery
Taste of Tokyo
Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Victoria Chinese Dining News
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant