Announcing the VNCS Cultural Outreach Program!

VNCS Cultural Outreach Program

The mandate of the VNCS Cultural Outreach Program is to help promote the awareness of Japanese culture in the greater Victoria community. We strive to achieve the goal by providing the community with a variety of fun and educational Japanese cultural activities through hands-on workshops, lectures and presentations. Please contact us if you are interested in our service. After assessing your needs, we will be able to help you set up sessions you are looking for either by the VNCS directly or connecting you with suitable cultural groups that meet your expectations.

The attached is the application form for us to assess your interest and needs. Please fill it out in detail and send it to We will contact you as soon as possible!

Cheers from the Cultural Outreach Team!
Mieko Fedrau, Hitomi Harama,  and Tomoko Okada


The Right to Remain Film Screening

Public Screening:
A Right To Remain

Join filmmaker Greg Masuda for a screening of “A Right To Remain” followed by Q&A and discussion.

“The Right To Remain”, a CBC documentary, looks at the Downtown Eastside residents and the fight to save the community from development. Started as an idea five years ago, Greg Masuda accumulated over 300 hours of footage. He says “’The Right to Remain’ is a culmination of my entire career as a filmmaker. As a Japanese Canadian, I could not resist participating in the advocacy for the Downtown Eastside community as it looked down the barrel of the real estate industry in the second most expensive city in the world.”

Once known as “Japantown”, this area was home to thousands of Japanese Canadians before World War II.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
3:00-4:30 pm
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

Free and open to the public

“The Legacy of Japanese Canadian Redress: A Reflection/An Assessment”

“The Legacy of Japanese Canadian Redress: A Reflection/An Assessment”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
4:30 pm | David Strong Bld C116

With Roy Miki, GG award-winning poet and leader of redress movement.

Dr. Miki will offer an assessment of the legacy of redress including a comparative look at Japanese Canadian redress and the Indian Residential  Schools Settlement Agreement.
Free and open to the public

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

VNCS Membership Renewal

Please renew your VNCS membership for 2017.  The membership fee is still only $10 for an individual and $15 for a family.

It’s a small amount, but collectively it helps pay for the operation of the VNCS.

We were hoping to have the online membership payment facility available by now, but it is taking a bit longer so you will have to pay the old way by writing a cheque payable to VNCS and mailing it to:

Membership – Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
4401 Tremblay Drive
Victoria BC, V8N 4W6

If you are new to the VNCS then please include a membership form which can be obtained at

2017 VNCS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
2017 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street.

Registration 9:45 am
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
(Memberships can be created/renewed at the AGM)


Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, Feb 7, 2017 at the Greater Victoria Art Gallery.

Proceedings begin at 10:00 am with various reports recapping the past year.

This will be followed by nominations and election of the new board. Please consider sitting on the board, it’s a great way to get to know more about the Japanese community here in Victoria.

Our special guest speaker will be Barry Till, Former Curator of Asian Art, AGGV.  At the end of the AGM and presentation you are invited to visit the Art Gallery.  There will be no charge but a donation would be much appreciated.

9:45 am Registration (tea and coffee served)

10:00 am AGM

Call to order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes of Annual General Meeting held Sunday, January 31, 2016

a) President’s Report
b) Treasurer’s Report
c) Newsletter Report
d) Membership Report
e) Uminari Taiko Report
f) Furusato Dancers Report
g) Cultural Fall Fair Report
h) Sakura Fujinkai Report
i) Website Report
j) NAJC Report

New Business
11:15 am
Election of Officers and Directors

Adjournment of AGM
Coffee & muffins

11:30 am
Presentation –  Millennia, Asian Art through the Ages Exhibition

Mr. Barry Till, Former Curator of Asian Art
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Barry will examine the history of the Asian art collection at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and will discuss the importance of some of the finest pieces – art from China, Tibet, Japan etc.

Barry Till for the past 35 years has been the Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada.  He has a wide knowledge on Asian culture, history and archaeology. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia and has lectured on numerous expeditions and private jet tours for various museums, universities, and organizations such as National Geographic Expeditions (including three TCS trips entitled “Lands of the Great Buddha”). He has travelled to most of the sacred religious sites in Asia and has published more than 100 books, exhibition catalogues (including Art from The Roof of the World: Tibet and The Buddhist Arts of Asia and articles on various Asian art topics.  In 2008, Barry received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Museums Association.

After the AGM you are welcome to visit the Art Gallery.  Admission is by donation.