plant2 Documenting the west coast Nikkei experience [and beyond] from the viewpoint of a hapa Nikkei graphic designer, editor, photographer, taiko player & teacher.


Tonari Gumi Fall Bazaar

Check out Tonari Gumi’s  annual fall Bazaar on November 7th from 11:30am to 2:20pm. As always there will be lots of homemade Japanese food and crafts made by members and volunteers. You’re advised to come early as all the good stuff sells out by [...]

A Canadian Nikkei In Japan

Japan_0079As our family walked through the international arrivals terminal at YVR on our way home from Japan at the beginning of August, my daughter Kaya looked at me and said, “People are so rude in Canada!” As we’d only been back on Canadian soil for 20 minutes or less, the judgement seemed rather harsh, but I knew what she meant.

I remember arriving home after my first trip to Japan in 1982 and having that same feeling—of standing in the middle of a crowded downtown mall and feeling, not exactly frightened, but uneasy . . . unsafe somehow. Which was strange, considering that I was back on familiar ground. I came to realize that after spending some time in Japan, you become accustomed, if only subconsciously, to a certain way of interacting with others, even if they are only strangers on a crowded street. There is a respect for personal space that is perhaps born out of having to live in such close proximity to one another.

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Japanese Cultural Fair in Victoria

The Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society presents

Japanese Cultural Fair Saturday October 24 Esquimalt Recreation Centre

527 Fraser Street Free Admission Enjoy traditional and non-traditional food, arts and crafts, Japanese tea and live entertainment: Japanese Tea Ceremony, Delicious Sushi and Manju, Ikebana Demonstration, Bonsai Display, Traditional Arts & Crafts, Children’s Activity Area, Taiko [...]

Japanese Garden Grand Reopening Ceremony

Japanese Garden in Esquimalt Gorge Park

Gorge Park is located on the Gorge Waterway in historic Esquimalt, British Columbia. When the park was developed more than 100 years ago, a key attraction was the establishment of North America’s first Japanese Gardens. The Garden was originally designed by Isaburo Kishida in 1907. The Takata family [...]

Katari Taiko 30th Anniversay Concert

Rekishi (Histories) 30 Years of Katari Taiko Sunday, November 1, 2009, 2pm The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street

$20 (general) / $15 (students & seniors) / $10 (12yrs & under) + service charges For tickets call The Cultch box office at 604.251.1363 • For info call 604.683.8240

Katari Taiko celebrates its 30th Anniversary with [...]

Like Light Off Water

Celebrated Canadian poet Daphne Marlatt reads passages from her classic cycle of poems Steveston with an evocative soundscape composed and performed by Robert Minden & Carla Hallett.

Wednesday, May 6th, 8pm Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minorou Gate $10, $5 Seniors For more information, call 604-247-8300

Marlatt”s words bring you to the river’s mouth [...]

Legacy Sakura at Cherry Blossom Festival

Blessing of the Sakura on February 12

On Saturday, April 18, the Legacy Sakura will be honoured during a day of activities at the Cherry Blossom Festival ranging from musical and cultural performances to an ohanami lunch. This day will cap a week’s worth of events at Oppenheimer Park as part of [...]

Canadian noun, adj. A person born or living in Canada

Nikkei (nik’kei’) noun, adj. [Nihon “Japan” Keitou “Lineage”] Persons of Japanese descent, and descendants, who have immigrated or are living abroad, creating unique communities and life styles within the context of the societies in which they [...]


Performance to Include Jazz Arrangement of “The Sound Of Music” And Other Goodman Favourites

Saturday May 30, 2009; 7:30 pm Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond Court (north east of Don Mills and Eglinton West, north of the Ontario Science Centre) Tickets: $35 for General Public, $30 for JCCC Members Call JCCC [...]

nikkeiFLIX @ JCCC


nikkeiFLIX explores Nikkei Identity through film

nikkeiFLIX, a new monthly film program, will be debuting at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in the spring. It will explore the history, issues and culture of Japanese emigrants and their descendants.

nikkeiFLIX film series is sponsored by the Nikkei Voice, the national, monthly newspaper for Japanese Canadians, and the Heritage Committee of the  Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Admission is free to the public and donations are welcome.

The monthly series kicks off at 2 p.m., on Saturday, March 28 with a documentary called, Caught in Between, an absorbing film showing how Japanese Americans came together with Muslim Americans to help them fight racism and civil rights abuses after the 9/11 tragedy. The Caught in Between launch will support the Canadian March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2009 Campaign. It’s an example of the films that will be shown in the nikkeiFLIX program, all written, produced and directed by Japanese Canadians and Japanese Americans.

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