VNCS News – May 20th 2014

VNCS 20th Anniversary – Still a few tickets left

The VNCS 20th Anniversary Banquet is just a month away.  On the evening of Saturday June 21 we will be having a Banquet and Gala at the Ambrosia Convention and Event Centre, 638 Fisgard Street.  In addition to a delicious 3 entree buffet we are going to have entertainment, games, dancing and karaoke.  It should be a great evening.  At the banquet we are going to be honouring a number of people and businesses who have made significant contributions to the VNCS.  The following individuals will be recognized for their life long contribution to the VNCS – Dick Nakamura, Henry Shimizu, Sus Tabata, Aiko Sutherland, Roy and Marianne Natsuhara, Jack and Elizabeth Watanabe and, posthumously, Midge Ayukawa.  The businesses we will be honouring are Fujiya Japanese Food and Silk Road Tea.

Ticket sales are going really well and we only have around 25 left.  So if you are planning on attending order your tickets soon or you may be out of luck.  The cost for the evening is only $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 to 12, children less than 6 are free.  You can reserve tickets by e-mailing Tsugio Kurushima at .  Reserved seating available for groups of 3 or more.   For more information see  Hope to see you there.

Japanese at Ross Bay

Sunday Ross Bay Cemetery History Tours: Tours start at 2:00 pm. Meet at 1:45 pm in front of Oregano’s, Fairfield Plaza, 1516 Fairfield Rd.  Others start where noted.

Charge: $5 for non-members; $2 for members. No reservations needed. Tours are held regardless of weather. Contact or 250.598.8870.

May 25.  Japanese at Ross Bay. The third tour of Asian Heritage Month will be conducted by Gordon and Ann-Lee Switzer, authors of Gateway to Paradise: Canada’s First Japanese Community, a history of Japanese in Victoria ( Ross Bay includes graves of about 150 Japanese and is the location of the impressive Kakehashi Monument dedicated to Japanese pioneers.

Spring Social, A Sorry State

Thank you to those who attended our Spring social last month. We were fortunate to have been able to view the documentary, A Sorry State by Mitch Miyagawa without paying the licensing fee.  This was covered by the National Association of Japanese Canadians until the end of April 2014. We have been asked to submit a short report, so I am collecting comments from those in attendance. Please forward me your thoughts and input of the documentary at your earliest convenience. I will summarize the comments, without names. Also, please send me any pictures you may have taken at the event.  Send to