• Yamato Drummers of Japan debut February 6

    Making their anticipated Vancouver debut, February 6, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the dynamic and masterly Yamato Drummers of Japan, described as the “U2 of Taiko drumming”, present a heart-themping, athletically charged spectacle that showcases their remarkable strength, expertise and unmistakable sound. Yamato’s one-night only, big budget engagement will feature a ferocious mix of theatrics, agility, and rapid-fire speed…. More ›

  • Kimono & Japanese Gifts Xmas Sale

    How about a Japanese gift for someone special? We have a one day sale coming up! Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 am – 4 pm At VanDusen Garden, Cedar Room in Floral Pavillion 5251 Oaks Street Free to enter! There will be kimono, yukata, obi, tabi socks, cute key chain charms, coin purses, pouches, hair accessories, jewelry, scarves, noren, etc. Come visit… More ›

  • Vancouver Asian Film Festival International Shorts

      Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas November 6, 2015 9:45 pm 120 min Buy tickets Are you in, or are you out? The films of IN AND OUT, our International Shorts showcase this year, range from festival award-winners to lesser known gems that explore how the choices we make can result in unexpected consequences. From bittersweet sexual initiations and rites… More ›

  • REVITALIZING JAPANTOWN? Film Screenings at Heart of the City Festival

    Friday October 30, 7pm – 9:30pm Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main Free The Heart of the City Festival is proud to present two films by award-winning documentary filmmaker Greg Masuda – The Spirit of Nihonmachi and The Right to Remain.   The Spirit of Nihonmachi (2012, 28 min) Commissioned by the Powell Street Festival for their 35th Anniversary, this commemorative film… More ›

  • Against the Current: A collaborative cross-cultural performance

    Against the Current, is created by Chibi Taiko, Katari Taiko, Sansho Daiko, Sawagi Taiko and Vancouver Okinawan Taiko, with Grace Eiko Thomson, storyteller Rosemary Georgeson (Sahtu Dene/Coast Salish), Salish music ensemble Tzo’kam led by musician and composer Russell Wallace, narrative contributions by John Endo Greenway, Hiromi Goto and Savannah Walling, and over 25 Downtown Eastside community participants with community-made papier-mache… More ›

  • Photo of Kazuho and Kathy with papier mache fish

    Against the Current (the FishStix) Project for the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

    Participants Wanted! Against the Current (the FishStix) Project for the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival! Rehearsal Dates: Sunday, October 25 and Thursday November 5 Performance Date: Friday, November 6 Originally produced by Vancouver Taiko Society & Powell Street Festival Society, Against the Current will have a performance again at this year’s Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival!… More ›

  • Ode to 1945

    This year marks 70 years since the end of World War II. Ode would like to invite you to a poetry reading event to recognize and remember what happened in Japan 70 years ago. No other country has experienced an atomic bomb dropped on to civilians. We see it as our mission to keep reminding the world, to not let… More ›

  • Mingei: Japan’s Enduring Folk Arts

      Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre Runs June 20 – October 11, 2015 Mingei Public Programs are free and open to the public Mingei refers to “hand-crafted art of ordinary people.” It celebrates the beauty and quiet humility in everyday, ordinary and utilitarian objects created by often unknown craftsmen. This exhibit includes over 100 works from throughout Japan:… More ›

  • Cinema Sunday: Summer Wars

    August 16, 1:00PM at The Cinematheque $6 youth 18 and under/$9 adults In partnership with the 39th Annual Powell Street Festival, Cinema Sunday brings back visionary anime director Mamoru Hosoda’s mind-bending cyberpunk adventure to drop jaws and pop eyes again! Winner of the 2010 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year,Summer Wars is a cautionary tale from a nearly-there… More ›

  • Baseball, BBQ & Fireworks

    JETAABC is hosting its annual summer baseball event on Saturday, August 8 at Nat Bailey Stadium! Enjoy food and drinks with friends and family in a private VIP BBQ section of the baseball field, watch some top-quality AAA baseball, and get an up-close-and-personal fireworks show after the game. A perfect way to spend a warm August evening! For more information,… More ›

  • Ikebana Now

    Location: Vancouver Buddhist Temple Date: August 1 & 2, 2015 The Vancouver Ikebana Association, now in it’s 50th year, offers viewing of arrangements from 4 different schools of ikebana at this year’s Powell Street Festival. There will be a demonstration at 1:30 and 3:30 each day.

  • Hastings Park Walking Tour

    Location: Corner of Renfrew Street at East Hastings Street (PNE Fairgrounds), Vancouver Dates: June 20, 2015 & July 25, 2015 at 10am Fee: NNMCC members $8 + tax | non-members $10 + tax. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot in advance In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were detained in Hastings Park before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior… More ›

  • Call for Volunteers: Vancouver Taiko Society’s Fishstix Project

    Vancouver Taiko Society (in partnership with Powell Street Festival) will be performing at the 39th Annual Powell Street Festival and we are currently making props through community workshops in the Downtown Eastside. We are looking for volunteers who can help papier mache on Tuesday, July 7 between 1pm – 4pm at the Art Room, Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street)…. More ›

  • Weaver Woman

    When: July 3, 4 & 5, 2015 Friday & Saturday: 7pm / Sunday 2pm Where: The Dance Centre 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2G6     a woman in a window, some stars and a man crossing the river… Voyage through the memory and imagination of a woman gazing out her window waiting for a husband who may… More ›

  • Kushiro 50th Anniversary Concert Featuring Japanese Jazz Pianist Kentaro Kihara

    Location: Michael J. Fox Theatre, Burnaby When: July 10th, 2015 Japanese pianist Kentaro Kihara has enamoured international audiences through his impassioned musicianship and style. Born in Kushiro, Japan, Kentaro Kihara has composed a range of music for J-POP, theater, animation, film, and television, and has performed on stage and released albums throughout the US and Japan. Join him as he serenades Burnaby with his fluid melodies and renowned… More ›

  • Event: Formal Apology for those affected by Goichi Gordon Nakayama

    You are invited to attend a Gathering to hear and witness the Apology issued by the Anglican Bishop of Calgary and the Anglican Bishop of New Westminster to all members of the Japanese Canadian Community affected by abuse perpetrated by late Goichi Gordon Nakayama, past minister of the Anglican Church. Event details: Monday, June 15, 2015 2:00 p, to 3:30… More ›

  • Looking for a Few Good Men: Mental Health Workshops Call for Participants

    Help us change the way others think about mental illness! A national Movember-funded study is looking for South, East or Southeast Asian males to participate in mental health workshops. The workshops, located across Metro Vancouver, will provide opportunities to learn about becoming community advocates, raising awareness, mindfulness, and mental health knowledge. Eligible volunteers will be compensated $10 for attending an… More ›

  • Powell Street Walking Tours

    Location: In front of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Avenue @ Powell Street, Vancouver Dates: June 13, 2015 and July 11, 2015, at 10am Fee: NNMCC members $8 + tax | non-members $10 + tax. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot in advance. On this historical tour of Powell Street we will take you back in time to the… More ›

  • Spatial Poetics XIV

    Thursday, July 9, 8 p.m. Featuring: CINDY MOCHIZUKI with MAIKO BAE YAMAMOTO STACEY HO with JULIA AOKI Spatial Poetics is an evening of experimental performance pieces in which artists are invited to create new performance-based work together and encouraged to work beyond their usual disciplines. This year, Spatial Poetics features Cindy Mochizuki and Maiko Bae Yamamoto, who will present In… More ›

  • 2015 Canadian Shogi Championship

    The 2015 Canadian Shogi Tournament is being organized by the Vancouver Shogi Club. When: June 6-14, 2015 Where: Hosted online at 81Dojo.com REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, May 29, 2015, at 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET 2015 REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS: Registration Requirements Tournament Regulations Registration Form If you have questions or would like to participate, please email shogivancouver at gmail.com.  

  • Event | Japanese Canadian Internment: Commemorative Panel Unveiling

    Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1:00 to 3:30pm The Hastings Room in Hastings Park ALL ARE WELCOME! Join the Japanese Canadian Hastings Park Committee for the unveiling of four panels introducing the history of Japanese Canadians in Hastings Park in 1942.  The panels are situated close to remaining detention buildings in Hastings Park, and were developed by a coalition of Japanese Canadian community groups… More ›