Thank You 2023 Japanese Cultural Fair Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors!

A big thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors/donors that made this year’s Japanese Cultural Fair a big success! We just could not do it without YOU! 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!



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 Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors. ARIGATOU!

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


Proudly Sponsored By:

Exclusive Media Sponsors

PLATINUM Level Sponsors

Bento Sushi
Fudo Japanese Restaurant
Fujiya Japanese Foods
Janice Nakamura
Monday Magazine
Robin Hood Inn & Suites
Sakura Sushi and Grocery
Standard Furniture
Township of Esquimalt
Victoria News

GOLD Level Sponsors

Chieri Uegaki
Jim Pattison Auto Group
Keiko Hicks
La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Decor
Peter Jarvis
Sheryl Taylor Munro
Sushi Rice Studios
Sushi Story
Think Communications Inc.

SILVER Level Sponsors

Ardmore Golf Course
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Barbara Gilbert
Blenkinsop Driving Range
Camilla Schuett
Campus Auto Group (Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Nissan)
Carlton Plaza Hotel, Best Western
Craig & Kana Mercer
Curtis Cross (Assante Wealth Management)
Elements Casino Victoria
E:ne Raw Food + Sake Bar
Fairway Market
Ghost Ramen
Jayne Takahashi
Joanne Rollins
KODO collection
Koto Sushi Izakaya
Lisa Nakamura
Mark Compton
Marlene Howell
Nessa Herman
Nicholas Randall
Pacific Mazda
Patti Kagawa
Pendray Tea House
Pharmasave Oak Bay
Ramen Arashi
Rebecca Barnard
Royal BC Museum
Ruffell & Brown
Sawyer Sewing Centre
ScanDesigns Furniture
Sen Zushi Japanese Restaurant
Silk Road Tea
Starbucks Coffee (Hillside Mall)
Tomoko Okada
Yuriko Takane

BRONZE Level Sponsors

Alexander’s Coffee Bar
Bao Restaurant
Butchart Gardens
Butterfly Gardens
Cameron Barnard
Cozy Koji
Deb Shepherd
Discovery Cofee/Yonni’s donuts
Dumpling Drop
Ecotopia Naturals
Goodside Pastry House
Hey Happy Coffee
Hide + Seek Coffee
Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP)
Ivy’s Bookshop
Janice Nakamura
Japanese Village Restaurant
Jo Caragata
Joanne Nakamura
Joyce Matzke
Keiko Saunders
Kendra Savich
KOME KOME (Rice Crackers)
Kuma Noodle
Level Ground Coffee & Tasting Room
Lily Jer Nakamura
Linda Bartz
Lorrainne Nygaard
Lynn Thomson
Maureen Bird
Melinda’s Biscotti & Bistro
Munro’s books
Murchie’s Tea and Coffee
My Thai Cafe
Ono Poké
Pacific Shiatsu
Politano Café
Rebecca Barnard
RockCoast Confections
Russell Nursery
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Sherry Goshinmon
Shiki Sushi
Shizen Sushi
Side Street Studio
Sidney Museum
Subway (Eagle Creek Village)
Sushi Time Express
Taste of Tokyo
Terry & Carol McGinty
Tulipe Noire Clothing
Umi Nami Farms
Vessel Liquor
Wholesome Suds Natural Handmade Soap
Yoshi Sushi
Yukari Peerless
Yumiko Mizuno


With much thanks from the Japanese Cultural Fair Planning Team: Amy Kawano, Craig Mercer, Debbie Ibaraki, Donovan Aikman, Jo Brooks, JO Caragata, Kana Mercer, James Harada-Down, Kyle Armour, Lily Yee, Lorin Goshinmon, Marlene Howell, Maureen Bird, Patti Kagawa, Rebecca Barnard, Reyna Goshinmon, Susan Ikeda, Susan Kurushima, Tsugio Kurushima, Yukari Peerless, and Yumiko Mizuno.