2014 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair

2014 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Poster

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 15th Annual (2014) Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 25th
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:

  • Naomi Sato, Bruce Huebner & Miyama Tokita will be doing a musical presentation called “Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves: Sho, Shakuhachi & Koto” in the Craigflower Room at 12:15pm.
  • Brian Angene who recently founded the Victoria Kyudo Association will be returning to do a presentation on Kyudo (Japanese Archery) in the Craigflower room at 12:45pm.
  • Vic48 (a local take on AKB48) and PLOM Cosplay will be showcasing some Japanese pop culture in the Jubilee Hall 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.
  • Daniela Cubelic who owns Silk Road Tea will be joining us for the first time to do a presentation on The Artistry of Japanese Tea  in the Craigflower room at 2:45pm.

2014 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 #1 (Story Telling) – Michael & Natsuki Abe KIDS
12:15 – 12:40 Aikido DemonstrationSanShukan Aikikai JUBILEE
Chrysanthemums & Maple Leaves: Sho, Shakuhachi & Koto – Naomi Sato, Bruce Huebner & Miyama Tokita CRAIGFLOWER
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 J-Pop and Cosplay Showcase – Vic48 & PLOM Cosplay JUBILEE
Tea Ceremony #2 – Nagomi Tea Circle PIONEER B
Bonsai Demonstration #2Vancouver Island Bonsai CRAIGFLOWER
1:45 – 2:10 Bon Odori Dance – Furusato Dancers JUBILEE
Early Japanese settlement in BC and Victoria (an illustrated talk) Gordon & Ann-Lee Switzer CRAIGFLOWER
Rakugo #2 (Story Telling) – Michael & Natsuki Abe KIDS
2:15 – 2:40 Kendo DemonstrationVictoria Kendo Club JUBILEE
Ikebana Demonstration #2 – Michiko Seguev PIONEER A
The Artistry of Japanese Tea – Daniela Cubelic, Silk Road Tea CRAIGFLOWER
2:45 – 3:10 Koto Performance #2 – Satomi Edwards PIONEER B
Kimono Dressing – Hitomi Harama & Tomoko Okada 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

CTV Vancouver Island
Township of Esquimalt
Fujiya Japanese Foods
JACK FM 103.1 Koji Hayashi
Monday Magazine
Ocean 98.5
Victoria News

GOLD Level Sponsors

Campus Acura
Campus Honda
Campus Nissan
Joyce’s Kimono Closet

SILVER Level Sponsors

Aiko Sutherland
Amy Kawano
Barry Obara
Butchart Gardens
Deb Shepherd
Diane McNally
Jack & Elizabeth Watanabe
Jaga Silk
Jean Murata
Jeanette Aubin
Ken & Haruko Kadonaga
Mariko Matsumoto
Metro Lexus Toyota
Obara & Company Chartered Accountants
Patti Ayukawa
Patti Kagawa
Rose Oishi
Saunders Subaru
Silk Road Aromatherapy & Tea Company
Susan Kurushima
Vancouver Island Bonsai Club
Yoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Zen Floral Studio

BRONZE Level Sponsors

Alison Brown
Anny Schaefer
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Barbara Martin
Bento Sushi
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Brentwood Bay Nurseries Ltd.
Cannor Nursery
Chikara Sushi Restaurant
Dave Hansen
Geoffrey Lucas
Golden City Restaurant
Grace Kamitakahara
Gardens at HCP
Henry Shimizu
I-Kyu Noodles
InterCultural Association of Greater Victoria
J&J Wonton Noodle House
Jacob Derksen
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jasmine Restaurant
Joyce Pearlstone
Kissako Green Tea Café
Koto Japanese Restaurant
Miho Lindley
Milestones Grill & Bar
Munro’s Books
Nana Spence
Noodle Box
Rebecca Kool
Richard Mosdell
Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
Russell Nursery
Shiki Sushi
Shirley & Bruce Gorle
Shirley Embra
Shizen Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Sushi Plus Restaurant
Swallow Jewellery
Uchida Eatery/Shokudo
Umi Nami Farms
Yaeko Yamada