2nd Annual VNCS Summer Social (Tanabata Family Picnic)

VNCS Summer Social
Tanabata (Star) Festival
Family Picnic
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:

Yukari Peerless

Kana Mercer


Don’t forget to wear your yukata or jinbe!

Japanese at Ross Bay – Tour at Ross Bay Cemetery

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.

Contact www.oldcem.bc.ca or 250.598.8870.

Yung Nikkei Stories – Change of Venue to Quadra Village Community Centre

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.”

Takata Garden and Teahouse Celebration!

Takata Garden and Teahouse Celebration!
Sunday Feb 21st 2016 at Gorge Park, Esquimalt
1:00pm to 4:00 pm

VNCS will have a table where participates can try their hand at sumie, shodo and orgami. Keiko Alkire will be doing shodo, Mike Abe sumie and origami by Kana Mercer & her children, Natsuki and Izumi Abe.

The Furusato Dancers will be performing and so will the children choir from the Victoria Heritage Japanese Language School.

1:00 pm – Event kick-off – official welcome
1:00 – 2:00 – Shodo (Keiko Alkire) and Origami (Kana Mercer)
1:30 – 1:50 – Furusato Dancers
1:50 – 2:00 – VHJLS Children Choir
2:00 – 3:00 – Sumie (Mike Abe) and Origami (Natsuki or Izumi)
2:00 – 2:10 – Furusato Dancers will lead an audience participation dance
2:45 – 3:15? – Dennis Minaker will give a guided tour of Gorge Park
3:00 – 4:00 – Shodo (Masami Barclay) and Origami (JFS)