When I first came to Victoria in 1998, I didn’t know any Japanese people in Victoria. I was a young mother in the early ‘20s and I didn’t know much about living in Canada, let alone anywhere else in the world. Eventually, I met few Japanese people and learned some great tips on living in Canada. Where to get great Japanese food and how to re-create the culture without leaving Victoria, etc.
Now, 14 years later, Victoria has a significantly larger Japanese community and there are at least four main groups/societies out there. When Japan was hit by the Earthquake and Tsunami in March 11, 2011, all these groups joined together to fundraise to help the victims. We are very lucky to have such active community here.
One of the groups is Victoria Nikkei Cultural Socety(VNCS). The purpose of the society is to promote the awarness of Japanese culture, represent the Japanese community, support other Japanese organizations, and to serve the need of the Nikkei community. I am a member of VNCS and it has been great source of information for anything Japanese in Greater Victoria, in BC, and in Canada for me.
This weekend, Saturday, October 20th is their annual Japanese Cultural Fair. It will be held at Esquimalt Recreation Center (527 Fraser St) from 10:00am − 4:00pm. It is a FREE family event where you can experience many traditional Japanese culture with demonstrations of Ikebana(Flower arrangement), Tea Ceremony, Bonsai, Shodo(Calligraphy), Sumi-e(Ink-wash painting), Kendo and Aikido. There will be food sales(Sushi and sweet Manju desserts), performances by Uminari Taiko, Furusato Dancers, Koto by Satomi Edwards, and Japanese School Children’s Choir, just to name a few. There will be kids activities as well.
This is a major fundraiser for VNCS. Please support by stopping by with the whole family. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Japanese Cultural Fair
When: Saturday, October 20th, 2012 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre (527 Fraser Street) Admission: Free
Here is Facebook event.
For more information, please visit www.vncs.ca