Esquimalt Japanese Tea House Commemoration Initiative – We Need Your Help

We need your help to have the Township of Esquimalt build a multi-purpose building at Gorge Park that commemorates the Japanese history of that park!  Please complete this online survey  to vote for the multi-purpose building that incorporates Japanese design elements, Building 1.  Below is the architectural rendering of Building 1.  It incorporates modern Japanese architectural design elements.  There is a comparable building in the Japanese Gardens in Portland (see image at the end of this post).

Esquimalt Concept Building 1 (more details available once you complete the survey).

When you complete the online survey you will have an opportunity to see more information about the buildings being proposed and you can even suggest other Japanese design elements that they should consider such as a Zen Garden, bamboo garden or sliding doors and screens.  You could even suggest a room to perform Japanese cultural demonstrations.  The Township of Esquimalt is also going to hold an Open House on September 19 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre from 6 to 8 pm where you can speak to staff and the architects about the proposed building.  You might like to attend the Open House.  However the key action that needs to be taken is completing the survey by Sep 29.  The more support we show, the greater the probability of the of the Esquimalt council proceeding with the Japanese style building. 

We are very close to achieving our goal to have the Township of Esquimalt erect a multi-purpose building that commemorates the Japanese history of Esquimalt’s Gorge Park.  Let us not be complacent and let this once in a lifetime opportunity slip through our fingers.  Complete the survey and recruit others to do the same.  You can forward this infromation to others to vote for the Japanese style multi-purpose building.

Thank you
Tsugio Kurushima
Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

Japanese Building Design at Portland’s Japanese Garden.

Inside Community Photo-documentary Project (Oct.15-29)

Inside Community Photo-documentary Project

This project with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is nearing the grand finale. Attached please find the details of the opening on Tuesday, October 15. Each of the four communities has produced a three and a half minute audio-visual presentation which provide a little glimpse or entry point into the richness of each of their communities. The goal of this project is to create pieces that will speak to the wider community and interest people in finding out more about what makes your community and heritage special.

The VNCS is pleased to be a participant in this project, with special thanks to our photographer, Noreen Scarth, committee members Hiroko and Alder Currie and Cristina Shore and to all the members of the JC community who provided input and support.

Please join them at the gallery on Oct. 15. The exhibit runs until October 29.

*Tuesday October 15 at Dales Gallery, 537 Fisgard St, 7-10pm*

This will be the opening of the photo exhibit, and the multimedia pieces will also be on display. Drop in any time between 7pm and 10pm. The exhibition will be open during gallery hours until October 31. Dales Gallery is near the foot of Fisgard Street in Chinatown.


Grand Opening Ceremony of the Bonsai Garden at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Grand Opening Ceremony of the Bonsai Garden
at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

505 Quayle Road, (Saanich)
Victoria, B.C. V9E 2J7
Sunday, September 15, 2013
1:00 PM

In addition to the formal opening at 1:00pm, Tak Yamaura will demonstrate
pruning following the opening ceremony.

For more information about the Bonsai Garden please contact Amanda Price at 250 479‐6162 or. Anyone who would like to volunteer in the Bonsai Garden should contact Amanda to arrange a time to meet.

Information is also available through the Vancouver Island Bonsai Society at:

2013 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered (68th Anniversary)

Hiroshima Lanterns2013 Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered
68th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 6th 2013
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park
(off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway)
Cost: FREE

The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan

Lantern making starts at 7 pm, with words/songs of peace at 7:30 pm, followed by floating the lanterns on the Gorge.

Free – Bring a blanket and/or chair to sit on, a flashlight and a battery candle if you wish.  Floating lantern supplies will be provided.

** Sponsored by the Victoria Raging Grannies, Victoria Peace Coalition, Canadian Department of Peace Initiative

2013 VNCS Annual General Meeting


Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society 2013 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Esquimalt Rec Centre
10:00AM – 6:30PM

10:00 – 11:30 – Annual General Meeting (Reports, Election of Board etc)
11:30 – 12:00 – Lunch Break – BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento)
12:00 – 14:00 – Presentation of the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Proceedings begin at 10 am with various reports recapping the past year. This will be followed by nominations and election of the new board.

If you are interested in sitting on the VNCS board, you are in luck. Some spots have just become available as some of our long time board members will be retiring. Henry Shimizu, at 85, is ready to pass on the torch. Be part of the board, it’s a great way to get to know more about the Japanese community here in Victoria. Collectively our 10 member board has close to 100 years of service since 1993, ranging from tenures of 2 to 20 years.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

After the AGM portion, we will be showing a film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

This is a story of 85 year old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant mediation on work, family and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.

The VNCS will provide refreshments and appetizers during the AGM and the film, so come, relax and enjoy a great documentary.