PARALLEL PATHS: Japanese Diplomacy and Nikkei Heritage — Post-war Rebuilding Period

Saturday, August 2 Beginning at 12:30pm Vancouver Japanese Language School More information (PDF) In the years following World War II and the end of hostilities, the Consulate of Japan reopened in Vancouver and the interned Japanese Canadians began to re-enter mainstream society. In this fourth forum, keynote speaker Gordon Kadota will talk about how the … Read more

Japanese Folk Dance Workshops

Join us as Doug Masuhara of Tetsu Taiko teaches the Tanko Bushi (Coal Miners’ Dance), the traditional Japanese Folk Dance that we do every year at the Powell Street Festival on the Saturday in the late afternoon.

Tashme Project: The Living Archives

Tashme project

Tashme Project: The Living Archives, a theatrical retelling of stories from the Tashme internment camp is currently running at Great Canadian Theatre Company and the show has been receiving great reviews! Matt Miwa and Julie Tamiko Manning originally presented a reading of this work at the Festival in 2011 to great acclaim and we are … Read more

2014 Powell Street Festival Applications are now online!

Photo of slippers being sold at a craft booth at the 2012 Powell Street Festival, taken by Noah Photography

The Powell Street Festival is currently accepting applications for participation in this year’s Festival. Please fill out the appropriate form online. Please note that we are no longer accepting faxed or hard copy applications. The final deadline for applications is Monday March 3rd, 2014. Please call the PSFS office at 604 739 9388 if you … Read more

Guest Artist, Mariko Tamaki, at the Firehall Arts Centre on Aug. 3 & 4

Photo of Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki (ON; literary/youth) Saturday, 4:00-4:30pm, Firehall Studio Sunday, 1:00-1:30pm, Firehall Studio Writer and performer Mariko Tamaki has garnered much acclaim for both her written and performance-based work. The graphic novel, Skim (with Jillian Tamaki) was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and received numerous other accolades, including the Doug Wright Award for Best … Read more

37th Annual Powell Street Festival

37th Annual Powell Street Festival poster – by Janice Wu, 2013

Sat, Aug 3rd & Sun, Aug 4th, 2013, 11:30 am to 7pm at Oppenheimer Park (400 Powell Street), Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova), Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander), …

Festival Launch with Omodaka

August 2, 2013, 8:00pm at Instant Coffee Workplace (441 Powell Street). Soichi Terada, the electro producer of Omodaka combines traditional minyo (folk music) with contemporary electronic sounds performed in tandem to projected videos.


WHAT IS HENKŌ? View the Site HENKŌ launched at Powell Street Festival 2012. HENKŌ takes the renga – a Japanese collaborative poem – and opens it to 21st century possibilities. HENKŌ participation is open to all website visitors. This means you. The renga is a collaborative form that has existed in Japan for many hundreds … Read more

Open Doors Project

Open Doors Project In collaboration with the Japanese Canadian National Museum (JCNM) and funded under the City of Vancouver’s Great Beginnings Project, the Powell Street Festival presents the Open Doors Project. Designed by interdisciplinary artist, Cindy Mochizuki, the series of 16 historical panels are designed to tell a non-linear graphic memoir of Powell Street. Each … Read more