Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

Photo of Sumo Tournament at 2016 Powell Street Festival by Ed Law

Sunday, May 13 Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson St, 2nd floor Doors at 12:30pm; 1 – 4pm FREE To pre-register email admin [@] No experience necessary. All ages. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own water bottle. Please enter through the door in the lane 25 feet east of Jackson Avenue. Photo by Ed Law

Rita Ueda talks about her cantata Debris

Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm Composer Rita Ueda talks about her cantata Debris, inspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America – Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm. Rita Ueda is a Japanese-Canadian composer and sound designer based in Vancouver. She is … Read more

Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance

Saturday May 12 at 8pm Scotiabank Dance Centre Samurai warriors, pearl divers, court nobles and heartbroken women who transform into serpents grace the stage in “Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance. ” This concert celebrates the life and work of Fujima Yūko (1929-2003) bringing Vancouver audiences a rare performance of nihon buyoh and the … Read more

Lost Fleet Speaker Series: From Up on Poppy Hill and Leanne Dunic Poetry Reading

From Up On Poppy Hill Sunday, April 15th, 11am at The Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver $6 – Ages 13 & Under $10 – Everybody Else Co-scripted by anime master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Gorō Miyazaki, this lovingly hand-drawn film from Studio Ghibli is a poignant, tender coming-of-age drama adapted from a 1980 manga. … Read more

Hanami: A Cherry Blossom Picnic

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1 pm Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Street Celebrate the Sakura Blossoms with free Japanese Curry Lunch at 1 pm and Haiku and Calligraphy Workshops at 2 pm Presented by Powell Street Festival Society and Oppenheimer Park  

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Vancouver Art Gallery February 3 – May 6, 2018 Murakami’s Birthday Bash February 2nd at 5:30 pm Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is a major retrospective exhibition of the monumental paintings of Takashi Murakami, one of the world’s most influential artists. With fifty-five works, the show will trace Murakami’s oeuvre over three decades, … Read more

Ko Ishikawa at World New Music Days

The Annex (823 Seymour Street) Tuesday, November 7 at 5 pm Tickets: $10 student // $29 general Witness the reincarnation of half broken iPods in surround sound. This is a concert that needs to be seen to be believed. Powell Street Festival is Canada’s largest and longest running expression of Japanese Canadian arts and culture, and for … Read more

12th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

12th Annual Asahi Tribute Game August  19, 2017 10 am to 4 pm at Oppenheimer Park (400 block Powell Street) on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations Register or contact us at info [at] or 604 739 9388. On Saturday, August 19th, 2017, join the … Read more

Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 pm Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson Street, 2nd floor; doors at 12:30 pm Information: 604-739-9388 Pre-registration: admin [@] Learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in a mini-tournament (optional). No experience necessary. Free. All ages. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring your … Read more

Member’s Party & Annual General Meeting

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm at the Woodwards Building (PSFS Offices) at 111 West Hasting Street. The entrance is near the corner of Abbott and Hastings next to the TD Canada Trust.* Detailed Notice for Annual General Meeting Following the meeting join us at the … Read more

This Weekend see “The Apology” at Vancouver International Film Festival

Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 4 at 4:10 pm Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street Buy tickets here Filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung in attendance on December 3rd Vancity Theatre is playing “The Apology” on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th, a striking and important film that follows the personal journeys of three former … Read more

Powell Street Walking Tour

Saturday, September 10, 2016 On this historical tour of Powell Street, we will take you back in time to the pre-war, bustling community of Japanese Canadians who lived and worked in this area. The area grew and thrived over a fifty-year period from the 1890s to its abrupt end with the internment of Japanese Canadians … Read more

Mountain View Cemetery walking tour

Location: Mountain View Cemetery Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016 2016 marks the hundredth anniversary of Japanese Canadian soldiers enlisting in Alberta to serve their adopted country in the First World War. Many of these soldiers were buried in Mountain View Cemetery, along with other pioneers of the Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. This historical walking … Read more

Japanese Canadian Heritage Signage Project Information Session

Nikkei National Anthem and Cultural Centre

Thursday August 18, 2016,  4:00-6:00PM This is an info session at NNMCC with the BC Multicultural Advisory Council regarding the public Nomination process for historic places of importance to the Japanese Canadian community. Located in the Ellipse Lobby at Nikkei National Museum 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC V5E 4M7 Light Refreshments will be provided. Japanese interpreters … Read more

Regional Taiko Gathering 2016 Concert at The Rio

Sun, Aug 21st from 2 to 4 pm Get Tickets here.  Featuring Fubuki Daiko (Winnipeg) Vancouver Okinawa Taiko (Vancouver) Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Sacramento) For the first time, the Regional Taiko Gathering (RTG) will fill the historic Rio Theatre with thunderous and awesome sounds of the taiko. Audience members of all ages can expect an energetic, passionate, … Read more

 11th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

Sat, Aug 27th from 10 am to 4 pm It’s that time of year again. Come out to play or cheer on the annual Asahi Tribute baseball game hosted by Powell Street Festival and Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Vancouver. The Annual Vancouver Asahi Tribute Game is a free, inclusive, and family-friendly place to … Read more


Do you have any leftover yarn from knitting projects that you completed long ago, but you are still holding on to like my Obaasan?  Please donate your remnant yarn to a public art project to take place at this year’s Powell Street Festival.  No ball of yarn is too small!  Your remnant yarn will become part of … Read more

WePress Open House + Bookmaking + Letterpress + Artist Reception on Saturday, June 18th at 1 to 6pm

Photo of Karen Ward teaching bookmaking at WePress + Selfie linocut by Cara Seccafien

Open House at WePress Saturday, June 18th, 2016 from 1 to 6 pm at WePress #202 – 268 Keefer Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown (in the mini-mall beside Hon’s on the 2nd floor) WePressVancouver [at] Join us for a fun afternoon at the WePress Community Makerspace where you can create books with Karen Ward, … Read more

Chino Otsuka: Arrival

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, June 11 – Sept 4, 2016 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 3-5pm, preceded by artist talk from 2pm. Everyone welcome. As a finalist for the coveted AIMA|AGO Photography Prize, Chino Otsuka, a Japanese artist currently living in England, completed a residency at the Nikkei National Museum (NNM) in 2014. This exhibition features … Read more

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