Make a Wish with the Daruma

PowellStFest Holiday Gift Box

Paueru Gai Dialogues

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Make A Wish With The Daruma

Join the movement of goodwill and wishes this 2021! 

This past year has been a particularly difficult one, and we hope that 2021 has good fortune in store for us all. As you may know, darumas are seen as symbols of perseverance and luck. They’re also the unofficial Powell Street Festival mascotThe eyes of the daruma are initially blank. They are meant to be filled in on one side when a wish is made and only completed on both when that wish is fulfilled. 

In the spirit of Powell St Festival, we encourage you to create this gesture of good will to your community, your household, and Paueru Gai. Fold a daruma with whatever paper you have and fill in one eye to make a wish for the future. You can place your daruma in your window, take your daruma around your neighborhood for a photoshoot, or fold some to send to friends and family so they can also make new year’s wishes! 

PowellStFest Holiday Gift Box & PSF Merch - On until January 26th!

Powell Street Festival is proud to collaborate with local Japanese Canadian crafters to bring holiday cheer to your home. These specially curated boxes demonstrate the creativity and skill of some of the festival’s long time crafters and vendors.

Just in time for the gift giving season, it’s also one of the last chances to grab 2018, 2019, and 2020 Powell Street Festival Merch. Limited quantities are available so get them before they’re gone!

Vendors include:

Minori Takagi
Picchie Zakka
Mom’s Care Handmade Soap
meditating bunny 
WaQ’s Sushi
Art Cards by Valerie
Beads Ya

About us.

The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. In addition to PSF, we engage in co-presentations with arts organizations and produce an annual season of cultural and artistic programming.

Staff directory.

General Inquiry
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Emiko Morita :: Executive Director
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Vacant :: Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

Samantha Marsh :: Program Coordinator
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Tracy Moromisato :: Special Projects Coordinator
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Sophia Kitazume :: Administrative Assistant
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PowellStFest Holiday Gift Box

Curated holiday gift boxes featuring unique handmade items from Powell Street Festival craft vendors! Powell Street Festival is proud to collaborate with

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