Thank You 2022 Japanese Cultural Fair Sponsors and Volunteers!

A big thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that made this year’s Japanese Cultural Fair a big success! お疲れ様でした!And to all you who made it out to the festival we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed putting it on!


If you missed the 2022 Japanese Cultural Fair at the new Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion you are in luck because the good folks (Sam Kirsch and team) at the Robin Hood Inn & Suites sponsored videographers Dale & Justin Baglo to come and film the fair and to compile this wonderful highlights reel. Enjoy!

An event like the VNCS Japanese Cultural Fair is only possible when many people work together. Here the VNCS would like to express a big thank you to our Sponsors/Donors. ARIGATOU!

We encourage all those who attended the fair to frequent our sponsors below.


Proudly Sponsored By:


PLATINUM Level Sponsors

Bell Media (CTV Vancouver Island, CFAX 1070, Virgin Radio 107.3)
Bento Sushi
Black Press Media (Monday Magazine, Victoria News)
Fudo Japanese Restaurant
Fujiya Japanese Foods
Robin Hood Inn & Suites
Sakura Sushi and Grocery
Township of Esquimalt

GOLD Level Sponsors

Campus Auto Group
Fairway Market
Joyce Matzke
Julia M. Miller
La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Decor
Sushi Story

SILVER Level Sponsors

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Carlton Plaza Hotel, Best Western
Craig & Kana Mercer
Curtis Cross
Ené Raw Food and Sake Bar
Fish Hair Salon
Ghost Ramen
Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP)
JO Caragata
KODO Collection
Maureen Bird
Moden Boutique
Rose Oishi
ScanDesigns Furniture
SenZushi Japanese Restaurant
Silk Road Tea
Susan Ikeda
Sushi Rice Studios – Official Fair Photographer
Tomoko Okada
Victoria Shorin Ryu Karate Shinkokai

BRONZE Level Sponsors

10 Acres Farm & Restaurants
49 Below Craft Ice Cream
Ann-Lee Switzer
Ardmore Golf Course
Bon Sushi (Royal Oak)
Butchart Gardens
Butterfly Gardens
Chocolats Favoris
Cozy Koji
Cry Baby Workroom
Dee Hoyano
Elizabeth Watanabe
Fresh Cup Roastery
Gayle Nye
Golden City
Hey Happy Coffee
Howl Brewing
Japanese Village Restaurant
Junko Hicks
Kuma Noodle
Level Ground Coffee & Tasting Room
Marnie Ainslie
Megumi Saunders
Melinda’s Biscotti
ONO Poke
Pacific Shiatsu
Panorama Recreation Centre
Pendray Tea House
Ramen Arashi
Rebecca Bernard
RockCoast Confections
Russell Nursery
Sandra Arts
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Shizen Sushi
Side Street Studio
Sidney Museum
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
Teri Burley
Vessel Liquor
YALLA – Middle Eastern Street Eats

With much thanks from the 2022 Japanese Cultural Fair Planning Team: Amy Kawano, Craig Mercer, Cristina Shore, Debbie Ibaraki, Jo Brooks, JO Caragata, Kana Mercer, Lorin Goshinmon, Maureen Bird, Natsuki Abe, Patti Kagawa, Rebecca Barnard, Susan Ikeda, Susan Kurushima, Tsugio Kurushima, and Yukari Peerless.