2016 Mochi-Tsuki Kai and Potluck Dinner



Presented by the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, the Japanese Friendship Society and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Esquimalt Rec Centre
3:00PM – 6:30PM

Join us for our annual tradition of mochi-pounding and potluck dinner to celebrate the New Year.
Doors open at 2:30 pm on Sunday, January 24th at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. (site of the VNCS Cultural Fall Fair.)


Please bring a main course sufficient to feed your family plus two others. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Label your dishes and serving utensils and if you can, please prepare a tent card describing your entrée. (and ingredients)


In addition to mochi pounding there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

To help defray costs of this free event there will be a 50/50 draw, Silent Auction and mochi sales so please help support your event. As always, there is plenty of work to be done on the part of preparation and organization. If you can assist please contact Michael Abe at mkabe2011@gmail.com.

Kitchen set up starts from 1:00 pm and the hall is available for set up from 2:00 pm. Help make this event a success by lending a hand: We need volunteers for set-up, kitchen crew, reception desk, mochi seller, and clean-up crew, etc. We are also seeking donations, big or small to add to our Silent Auction.

See you there!

Book launch and lecture – Introducing 2 NEW Japanese Canadian books

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at UVic are pleased to present talks by the authors on their books of Japanese Canadian interest.

When: Monday, November 23, 2015
6:00-7:30 pm

Where: David Strong Building Room C116
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

This event is free. The authors will have their books available for purchase and signing.

For more information, contact the VNCS at info@vncs.ca

Sakura in StoneSakura in Stone – Ann-Lee and Gordon Switzer

SAKURA IN STONE: Victoria’s Japanese Legacy is the second book on the subject of Japanese Canadian pioneers to be released by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer. In 2012, they published Gateway to Promise, Canada’s First Japanese Community, which won second prize from the B.C. Historical Federation that year. A ground-breaking study, Gateway revealed in detail the little-known history of Victoria’s Japanese community that disappeared during the Second World War. Since then, the Switzers have researched further and found new material shedding light on this early community.

Those discoveries form the basis for this book and for their lecture including information about the first true settler from Japan to reach Victoria and make Canada his home (hint: it is not the well-known Japanese pioneer named Nagano)


toshikocoverToshiko – Michael Kluckner

Michael Kluckner will be talking about his graphic novel Toshiko, set in BC in 1944 with a Japanese-Canadian protagonist, and the story’s genesis in the non-fiction of his book Vanishing British Columbia and the Japanese-Canadian families on Mayne Island. He will also reflect on the value of graphic novels for historic storytelling and describe the reception of the book, including its relation to the Landscapes of Injustice program and the response to it by a class which used it in the Canadian Studies program at McGill.

Michael Kluckner is an artist and the author of more than a dozen books, mostly about Vancouver and British Columbia history. He is the president of the Vancouver Historical Society and a member of the Heritage Commission, and lives with his wife in Vancouver’s Grandview neighbourhood.

2015 VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair


The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

proudly presents

The 16th Annual (2015)
Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 24th
Esquimalt Recreation Centre
10:00AM TO 4:00PM

Family Friendly!

Savour the wonderful tastes of Japan (including delicious sushi, bento boxes and sweet manju desserts). Experience demonstrations of ikebana, tea ceremony, bonsai, shodo, sumi-e, kendo, karate and iaido. Enjoy performances by Uminari Taiko, the Furusato Dancers, Satomi Edwards (Koto), the VJHLSS Children’s Dance Group and Choir and many more!
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Victoria Kyudo Association turns 3!

kyudoKyudo, the way of the bow, is alive and well in Victoria. The Victoria Kyudo Association is in its third year of practicing and promoting kyudo. We have an enthusiastic group that meets every Sunday morning from 10-12. We practice in the gymnasium at the Fernwood Recreation Centre located at 1240 Gladstone Ave.

To better serve our members we now only offer the introductory course once a year. This enables our members a greater opportunity to practice and improve with more one on one instruction. Our next course will be from Sept 20 – Dec 6. If you are interested please come by and observe a class before the end of August. The introductory course covers the hassestsu (8 stages of shooting), kihontai (the correct form of movements), rei (etiquette), and of course safety practices.

We also welcome those of you who have practiced kyudo previously. Even if it has been a few years (or more) please join us and be surprised by how much you remember.

All equipment, gomuyumi (rubber bows), kake (gloves), yumi (bows), and (ya) are provided. We advise students not to purchase any equipment or clothing until they have developed some form and technique.

The instructor, Brian Angene, was trained at Oji-dojo in Kobe. He has practiced kyudo for over 10 years and regularly returns to Japan for seminars and exams. He earned his yondan rank last year in Nagoya at the Asia Oceania seminar.

We look forward to kyudo enthusiasts, new and old, joining us in the coming year. Come and observe a class if you are curious. The introductory course is $120 for 10 classes. Fees for continuing members vary by number of classes per session. Typically it is around $40 per month. For more information, or to arrange a class observation, please contact: