The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
The 17th Annual (2016)
Japanese Cultural Fair
Saturday, October 22nd
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM
Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts).
Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, martial arts, and kimono dressing.
Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!
2016 Obon Matsuri
ALL ARE WELCOME
6th Annual Obon Festival
@ Ross Bay Cemetery & Ross Bay Villa
Sunday, August 21st, 2016
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.
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VNCS Summer Social
Tanabata (Star) Festival
Esquimalt Gorge Park
Sunday July 10th
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
Cool off with some Kakigori!
We’ll also be making kakigori (shaved ice dessert) for everyone. Kakigori – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakigori
Please direct questions to our organizers:
Don’t forget to wear your yukata or jinbe!
Sunday, June 5, 2016 Ross Bay Cemetery. Japanese at Ross Bay. This tour will be conducted by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer, authors of Sakura in Stone (2015) and Gateway to Promise (2012) on the histories of Japanese in Victoria. RBC includes graves of about 150 Japanese and is the location of the impressive Kakehashi Monument dedicated to Japanese pioneers.
SUNDAY TOUR START AT 2:00 PM Charge: $5 for non-members; $2 for members. Tours at Ross Bay Cemetery are signified RBC and start in front of Oregano’s, Fairfield Plaza, 1516 Fairfield Rd.
No reservations needed.
Change of Venue
Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Road (Udon Spring Social venue)
“Join the “Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society” for a free event organized by young people in our community. Erica Isomura, Angela Kruger and Jeff Tanaka will be sharing their voices as Nikkei youth through spoken word, poetry and more. There will be a home cooked meal followed by performances. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14th at Quadra Village Community Centre from 6pm to 9pm. All are welcome but we especially encourage young people, elders and artists to attend! Please rsvp to Jeff Tanaka by email
jrtanaka at gmail.com
Also, let him know if you have any special dietary requests.”