Saturday, August 3rd & Sunday, August 4th, 2013
11:30 am to 7pm
Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell Street), Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova), Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander), Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue) & Chapel Arts (304 Dunlevy)


The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.


This year, the Powell Street Festival celebrates artistic champions who have risen above an array of challenges in order to create dynamic works and build stronger communites. Look for 
Mitch Miyagawa
’s film A Sorry State, which investigates the impact of the state apology on individuals who have borne the brunt of Canada’s colonial and racist past; a new work by taiko drummer 
Tiffany Tamaribuchi
 (USA) for Canada’s trailblazing taiko ensemble 
Katari Taiko
 (BC); and a stirring debut performance of the butoh-flavoured Pond by dance artist Tomomi Morimoto (QC).


A reading by Mariko Tamaki (ON), author of Skim and (You) Set Me on Fire; Omodaka, a multimedia project led by Soichi Terada (Japan) that mixes Minyo (Japanese traditional-flavored folk song) and electronic music with motion graphics; performances by Robson 800 Crew (BC), Rhythm Recall (BC), Tetsu Taiko and Dead Beat Ninjas (BC), improvisation loop-pedal sensation Doug Koyama (BC), indie dream pop performer Ohara (QC), Spring (BC), and dancer Aretha Aoki (BC); and the second year of the Jackson Avenue Block Party performance space and marketplace.

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