We have started planning for this year’s Japanese Cultural Fair on August 26, 2023! As many of you know, this is our biggest event, the fundraiser of the year, and it requires many volunteers. We are looking for following Coordinators to join our Fair Planning Team.
Finance Coordinator – NOW FILLED
This role is responsible for working with each area that handles sales (e.g., Food, Silent Auction, Things Japanese) to determine what they need in terms of floats. In addition, on Fair day they are responsible for visiting each area regularly to ensure they have everything they need. Finally, they need to tally all of the sales, both physical and electronic, and provide a final report out.
Children (Kodomo) Coordinator
This role is responsible for planning and running a kid-friendly area at the Fair. In the past, there has been origami, fish pond, ceramics, colouring, etc. If you love children and have great ideas, come and put them to use!
Outdoor Coordinator – NOW FILLED
This role is responsible to help supervise and support the outdoor activities (e.g., Tea Ceremony, Things Japanese, Food Trucks, Parking, etc.). They make sure all the areas have everything they need and regularly swing by to check up on them, while also staying in touch with the Fair Leads, Finance Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and the Indoor Coordinator. You’ll get a lot of steps in this role.
Indoor Coordinator – NOW FILLED
This role is responsible to help supervise and support the indoor activities (e.g., Ikebana, Presentations, Performances, Silent Auction, Food Sales, etc.). They make sure all the areas have everything they need and regularly swing by to check up on them while also staying in touch with the Fair Leads, Finance Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and the Outdoor Coordinator.
Food Sales Coordinator – NOW FILLED
This role is responsible to help supervise and support the VNCS Food Sales (e.g., Manju, Cold Drinks, Hot Tea etc.) within the Pavilion on the day of the Fair. In addition, they help support packaging of the food on the day before the Fair. This role works very closely with the Food Leads.
This role is responsible to promote, recruit, organize, and support all of the various volunteers needed on Fair day. This includes ensuring each area’s volunteer needs are met, providing name tags and happi coats to each volunteer as they arrive, and ensuring they are collected when they leave. The position works directly with the Fair Leads and works closely with the Indoor and Outdoor Coordinators.
If you are interested or have any questions, contact Craig or Yukari through firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre the Board of Directors for 2023 was elected by acclimation.
The 2023 elected Board of Directors are:
- President – Tsugio Kurushima
- Vice President – Debbie Ibaraki
- Treasurer – Ken Watai
- Natsuke Abe
- Maureen Bird
- Yuuri Daiku
- Karen Geiger
- Reyna Goshinmon
- Amy Kawano
- Yukari Peerless
- Joyce Tobo
- Kimiko West
To find out more about our current directors visit the Board of Directors page here: https://www.vncs.ca/about-the-vncs/vncs-board-directors/.
Friday, February 10, 2023, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at UVic, CLE A127
Free and open to the public. No reservations.
Continue reading When Sake Goes Global – Feb. 10
2023 AGM Announcement
Please join us for an exciting time at the VNCS AGM. Hear about the amazing things the VNCS accomplished in 2022. Find out whether we are wealthy or poor. Have fun participating in the democratic election of the Board of Directors and the Officers. It will be an event you don’t want to miss.Continue reading 2023 Annual General Meeting – Sunday, Feb 12
2023 MOCHI-TSUKI KAI
Presented by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Japanese Friendship Society and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2023
Esquimalt Rec Centre
2:30 PM – 5:15 PM (The door opens at 2:00 PM)
Details: Mochi-pounding and tasting, Japanese calligraphy contest, Hanetsuki, Fukuwarai, performances by Uminari Taiko, Language School Soran Dancers and Choir and Furusato Dancers
MEMBER ONLY EVENT
At our inaugural Komorebi Zoom, Kunio Yamagishi the author of The Shadow Returns will join us and talk about his novel. As well, Mike Abe will give a brief historical tour of Japanese Canadians on Vancouver Island.
Continue reading Komorebi – Japanese Canadian Vancouver Island Book Club – Launching February 11, 2023
On Saturday October 29th, the Ucluelet & Area Historical Society is holding a round-table story-telling event, bringing together families of all three ethnic groups affected when the Japanese Canadians were removed from the coast, and particularly from the fishing village of Ucluelet where they made up one half the population, while First Nations plus White settlers were the other half.
Continue reading Remember – Recount – Reconcile
VNCS Members invited to complimentary one night only performance of
Empire of the Son
The Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is pleased to present Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire Of The Son on Thursday, September 22, 2022 for one night only at CCPA’s Performance Hall.
Continue reading CCPA hosts Tetsuro Shigematsu’s powerful display of emotion: Empire of The Son (Sep 22)