Japanese Cultural Fair (日系文化祭)

Welcome to our Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

Each year (historically in October, but in 2022 we shifted to August), the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society holds its Japanese Cultural Fair. The fair is a free, family oriented event whose purpose is to showcase and promote local Japanese cultural groups in Victoria.
 

Activities range from bonsai (Vancouver Island Bonsai Club) and tea ceremony (Urasenke Tankokai Victoria Association) demonstrations, to performances by local Japanese martial arts groups (Kenzen Sports Karate, Sanshukan Aikido, Shoshinkai Iaido (初心会 居合道) Victoria, Victoria Judo Club, and the Victoria Kendo Club). There is also an Ikebana Gallery with demonstrations by the local Ikebana group.
 

In the performance area, crowd pleasing performances include singing and dancing by the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Youth Choir, Furusato Dancers and the ever popular Uminari Taiko. The silent auction is always a favourite as folks donate treasures they uncover during their travels to Japan.The “Things Japanese” area run by the VNCS Fujinkai (ladies group) which makes available for sale all manner of things Japanese (including but not limited to: hand made crafts, art, books, ceramics, clothing, apparel).


Volunteer Opportunities

Of course an event like this is only possible when lots of people work together. If you are interested in volunteering there are many opportunities such as: setup/take down, mystery box sales, silent auction, food preparation, food sales, food distribution, parking coordinators, greeters, promoters, graphic designers, sign makers, books sales, room coordinators and many, many more. If you are interested in volunteering at the fair drop us an email to info@vncs.ca.

VNCS Fair History

 

2022 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, August 27
Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion

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2021 Japanese Cultural Fair

Note: There was no fair in 2021 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

 


2020 Japanese Cultural Fair – VIRTUAL Edition

Saturday, October 24
Broadcast live from the Belfry Theatre

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2019 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 26
Esquimalt Recreation Centre

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2018 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 27
Esquimalt Recreation Centre

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2017 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 21
Esquimalt Recreation Centre

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2016 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 22
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2016 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2015 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 24
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2015 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2014 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 25
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2014 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2013 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 26
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2013 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2012 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 20
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2012 Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2011 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 22
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2011 Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2010 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 23
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2010 Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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2009 Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 24
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
2009 Japanese Cultural Fair Poster
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