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, karate and iaido. Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more! Continue reading 2015 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair
Kyudo, the way of the bow, is alive and well in Victoria. The Victoria Kyudo Association is in its third year of practicing and promoting kyudo. We have an enthusiastic group that meets every Sunday morning from 10-12. We practice in the gymnasium at the Fernwood Recreation Centre located at 1240 Gladstone Ave.
To better serve our members we now only offer the introductory course once a year. This enables our members a greater opportunity to practice and improve with more one on one instruction. Our next course will be from Sept 20 – Dec 6. If you are interested please come by and observe a class before the end of August. The introductory course covers the hassestsu (8 stages of shooting), kihontai (the correct form of movements), rei (etiquette), and of course safety practices.
We also welcome those of you who have practiced kyudo previously. Even if it has been a few years (or more) please join us and be surprised by how much you remember.
All equipment, gomuyumi (rubber bows), kake (gloves), yumi (bows), and (ya) are provided. We advise students not to purchase any equipment or clothing until they have developed some form and technique.
The instructor, Brian Angene, was trained at Oji-dojo in Kobe. He has practiced kyudo for over 10 years and regularly returns to Japan for seminars and exams. He earned his yondan rank last year in Nagoya at the Asia Oceania seminar.
We look forward to kyudo enthusiasts, new and old, joining us in the coming year. Come and observe a class if you are curious. The introductory course is $120 for 10 classes. Fees for continuing members vary by number of classes per session. Typically it is around $40 per month. For more information, or to arrange a class observation, please contact:
5th Annual Obon Festival
@ Ross Bay Cemetery & Ross Bay Villa
Sunday, August 9th, 2015 12:30pm – Grave Washing 2:30pm – Obon Buddhist Service 3:30pm – Matsuri (Festival)
Hosted by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Japanese Friendship Society with support from The Old Cemeteries Society – we invite you to come and participate with us in honouring those who have gone before.
What is Obon?
“Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honour the spirit’s of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their graves. It is when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.” – from Wikipedia
This is a time for us to get in touch with our past, expressing our true joy and gratitude to not only our immediate ancestors, but to all past causes and conditions that have allowed us to be here today. It is the ultimate recognition and celebration of the oneness of life that has existed in the past and that we continue to be a part of today.
Japanese-Canadian Graves at Ross Bay Cemetery
The Japanese-Canadian community in Victoria was exiled by the Canadian Government during the Pacific War (WWII) and very few ever returned. Therefore, there are no descendants to care for the graves in Ross Bay Cemetery. The VNCS and Victoria Japanese Friendship Society are pleased to continue the work of the Kakehashi (Bridge Building) Project along with the Old Cemeteries Society in caring for the Japanese graves. For more information please read: http://www.jccovictoria.ca/rossbay.html.
The following is the scheduled program for Obon 2015
12:30 pm – Grave Washing
Everyone meet at the Kakehashi Stone and then cleaning teams will be assembled.
Cleaning of gravestones
Laying flowers and senko (incense)
Preparing the Kakehashi Stone
Donations of flowers are welcome, please bring at this time.
2:30 pm – Obon Service
Obon service led by Reverend Grant Ikuta, Resident Minister of the Steveston Buddhist Temple and Bishop of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada
3:30 pm – Matsuri (Festival at Ross Bay Villa)
Obon Matsuri (festival) at Ross Bay Villa (1490 Fairfield Road).
Light refreshments (including Sushi & Kakigōri) will be provided as a thank you for all the hard work in washing the graves and entertainment will include the Furusato Dancers, Suika Wari (Japanese watermelon game for the kids) and finish with Uminari Taiko!
VNCS Summer Social
Tanabata (Star) Festival
Esquimalt Gorge Park
11am – 2pm
This event is open to all VNCS members and their friends. This event is less structured to allow folks to get to know each other better.
Please bring your own bento (lunch) to Esquimalt Gorge Park at 11:00am. The park has large picnic tables, lots of parking and full restroom facilities at the Gorge Waterway Nature House.
Make a wish to celebrate Tanabata
We’re pleased to provide tanzaku (coloured paper for writing wishes), origami paper for decorations and small bamboo for hanging the tanzaku that each family will be able to take home with them. Tanabata (Star Festival) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata