2010 Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembered

Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembered 2010

Friday, August 6th 2010
Craigflower Park

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembered

When: Thursday, August 6th at 7:30pm

Where: Craigflower Park / Kosapsom at Admiral’s Road and Gorge Road West, Saanich

What: The annual lantern ceremony, marking the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan. Lantern making starts at 7:30 pm, with words and songs of peace at 8:00 pm, followed by floating the lanterns in the Gorge.

Who: All welcome.

Cost: Free

For more information call – Rosa at 250-665-7788

Sponsored by the Victoria Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival, Council of Canadians and the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society.

Hiroshima Memorial Dome
Hiroshima Memorial Dome

25th Anniversary Celebration of Victoria-Morioka Twin Cities

25th Anniversary Celebration of
Victoria-Morioka Twin Cities

The Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society, formed more than 20 years ago helps to preserve and enhance the twin?city relationship that exists between Victoria, BC and Morioka, Japan. Working with its  counterpart organization in Morioka, the society has helped chronicle the Victoria-Morioka relationship with various exchange projects over the years. The most outstanding of these projects has been dedicated to Dr. Inazo Nitobe, a world renowned Japanese statesman who was born in Morioka and died at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria while visiting Canada in 1933. The site of his death is now formally acknowledged with the Dr. Inazo Nitobe Memorial Japanese Garden, open daily for use by hospital patients, staff and members of the visiting public.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the twin-city agreement that established the very special relationship that exists between Victoria, B.C. and Morioka, Japan. Since 1985, this twin-city bond has promoted and encouraged cultural, economic, educational and athletic exchanges aimed at fostering cultural understanding and economic opportunities between them. After a quarter of a century, this continuing relationship has endured and deepened, making it indeed a cause for celebration.

Saturday, May 22nd – Arrival from Morioka

On May 22, 2010, the City of Victoria will receive 109 visitors from Morioka who will be in town for the May long weekend and mark the occasion of the twin-city 25th anniversary. Staying at both the Laurel Point Inn and the Chateau Victoria Hotel, these Japanese visitors will join in many of the Victoria Day festivities. The highlight of this visit will be the opportunity to march in the Victoria Day Grand Parade along with the native dressed Sansa-Odori dancers here from Morioka.

Sunday May 23rd – Reception Dinner

On Sunday, May 23rd, the Victoria-Morioka Friendship Society will host a welcoming reception at the Harbour Towers Hotel. This event is open to the public and since there will be 100+ visitors from Japan, we would appreciate local participation. Tickets are available for $50.00/person
and all are welcome.

The details for the party are as follows:
Location: Harbour Towers Hotel
Date: May 23, 2010
Cost: $ 50.00 per person
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Tickets: Available by contacting Bill McCreadie, President, Victoria Morioka Friendship
Society (wmccreadie@shaw.ca ) and dropping off a cheque payable to Victoria Morioka-Friendship Society at his accounting office, 300 – 818 Douglas St, Victoria B C, V8W 2B6.

Monday, May 24th – Morioka Dancers in Victoria Parade

The highlight of this visit will be the opportunity to march in the Victoria Day Grand Parade along with the native dressed Sansa?Odori dancers here from Morioka.

In September 2010, a delegation from Victoria will travel to Morioka to present their citizens with a Creative Peace Mural, which pays tribute to the deep and lasting friendship between our two cities.

Morioka Sansa Odori
Morioka Sansa Odori

Sunday, May 16th

Garden Cleanup: Prior to the arrival of the Morioka delegation, a work party will be organized to clean up the Nitobe Garden at Royal Jubilee Hospital. This is tentatively scheduled for 11 am – noon, SUNDAY, May 16. The garden is looking very good and only needs a “spring cleaning”
so that it looks its best. Let us know if you can help us out!

For further information contact Bill McCreadie (wmccreadie@shaw.ca) or Barbara Cameron (gaba@shaw.ca).



Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Annual General Meeting

Sunday, January 31, 2010
10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Activity Centre 380 Cook Street, Victoria BC.


Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Fairfield Activity Centre 380 Cook Street, Victoria BC.

Proceedings begin at 10 am followed by a short lunch break at 11:30 am. From 12:00—2:00 pm we are pleased to present a free seminar by Linda Kawamoto Reid from the Japanese Canadian National Museum on how to get started on researching your family roots.

There is no charge for VNCS members for the seminar when attending the AGM portion in the morning.

There will be a $10 charge for those attending the seminar but not the AGM portion.
There will be a $20 charge for the seminar for non-VNCS members.

10:00 – 11:30 AGM
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch Break BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento) Or there is a Mac’s store next door.
12:00 – 2:00 Researching Your Roots Seminar

Victoria Family History Talk
Researching your Roots
Sunday, January 31, 2010 – 12:00 – 2:00

Presenter: Linda Kawamoto Reid, Assistant Archivist, Japanese Canadian National Museum.

Outline of talk:

  • Barriers and bonuses of researching Nikkei Family History – includes handout
  • Brief overview of where to find Nikkei files, information, records, data, etc, which includes a handout
  • Brief overview of what is available at the Japanese Canadian National museum, includes handout.
  •  The importance of a Koseki and handouts on how to apply for one in Japan.

There will also be samples of planning sheets, family trees, organizational materials and materials related to family history research for display, perusal and copy.