Thank you so much to all of the wonderful volunteers who were able to come and make this year’s grave washing an amazing success. Although the forecast was for quite warm weather, as is typical at Ross Bay Cemetery, it was quite windy and cool. We had a great group of around 25 volunteers clean all of the graves of early the Japanese pioneers and Japanese-Canadians buried there. In addition so many flowers were donated that we even had some left over. Arigatou gozaimashita!
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Annual Obon Tour of Ross Bay Cemetery
Sunday, August 15, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
The VNCS Heritage Committee will hold the annual Obon walking tour of Japanese gravesites in Ross Bay Cemetery in person, sharing the stories of several of the 152 pioneers interred.
Meet at Ross Bay Cemetery entrance at the corner of Stannard Avenue and Fairfield Road. COVID-19 precaution measures will be in place.
VNCS members: Free
Old Cemeteries Society members: $2
No registration required.
For more information, email here.
Dear VNCS members and friends:
VNCS is pleased to announce that the Adult Beginner & Intermediate ONLINE Japanese Courses will commence in September. The details are as follows:
September 20, 27; October 4, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (10 Mondays)
Beginner class: 7:00pm-8:00pm (office hours: 6:30pm-7:00pm)
Intermediate class: 8:05pm-9:05pm (office hours: 9:05pm-9:35pm)
Number of Students Expected: 7 – 20 (in each class on a first come basis)
Age of Students: 19 years old and up
Easy Japanese やさしい日本語 Conversation, NHK world Japan, 2019 *
Easy Japanese やさしい日本語 Grammar, NHK world Japan, 2015*
*These are free online materials.
Fees: $75 for VNCS members and $95 for non-members
Instructor: Dr. Hiroko Noro, Associate Professor Emerita, University of Victoria
Registration: Please email Mieko Fedrau for more information and registration form.
We hope to see many of you in our Zoom class!
|DATE: Sunday, August 15, 2021
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM– Washing of Headstones/Graves
LOCATION: Ross Bay Cemetery, 1495 Fairfield Road, Victoria – Kakehashi Stone area
Summer 2021 has been busy for so many of us, with many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted or modified in Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan. Our annual gathering for Obon has been affected again this year but we look forward to your continued support of this event.
Please do not attend if you or anyone in your group:
We look forward to welcoming you on this day – the first time in a year as a community! If you have any questions, please email us.