- January 12th, 2017
Shinnenkai-New Year’s Party (新年会)
On January 12th, 2017, we hosted our annual Shinnenkai. It was held at the Bowen Park Complex from 11 am – 3 pm. This is our largest event of the year, and more than 100 people attended this year. We were fortunate to have the Consul General of Japan, Mrs. Asako Okai and her husband join us plus Mr. Takashi Nakatsugawa from the General Affairs Section. Two of our members Kipling and Kareem provided us with entertainment. We also did a trivia game and our traditional Mochi Tsuki. The event was a great success.
- November 19th, 2016
Annual General Meeting (年次総会)
This year, we held our Annual General Meeting on November 19th, 2016, at Christ Community Church. To make the AGM more interesting, we decided to feature a film by local film maker and our member, Mitch Miyagawa, “Sorry State”, as well as providing a catered lunch by Da-Tang.
MORE ABOUT THE FILM: Is saying “sorry” enough? In 1988, Mitch Miyagawa’s Japanese-Canadian family received an apology from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII. Mitch’s stepmother Etheline was a young victim of residential schools for Aboriginal children. His stepfather, Harvey, is the son of Chinese immigrants who were burdened with a racist head tax. Both also received official apologies from the Canadian government. But what do these apologies mean, to his parents, his young children and to his country? A Sorry State investigates how we deal with past traumas perpetrated by governments, explores our sense of nationhood and identity and witnesses the different ways we pass these dark legacies down to future generations. Screenwriting Award for Documentary, Writers Guild of Canada, 2013.https://www.knowledge.ca/program/sorry-state.
- October 1st, 2016
Fall Potluck (秋のポットラック)
Many of our events are of a potluck nature so that members can appreciate and enjoy a variety of Japanese dishes. Our fall potluck for 2016 was at Christ Community Church on Bowen Rd on Saturday October 1st. Sam from Sam’s Sushi was kind enough to provide tonjiru (Pork and vegetables in miso broth) for everyone. We played a group trivia activity where Canadians and Japanese got to know a bit more about each other’s nations.
- July12th, 2016
Tanabata Celebration (七夕会)
On Sunday, July 12th, 2016, we hosted a Tanabata celebration at the Bowen Park lower picnic shelter near the river. This was the 3rd annual offering of this event. The event was a great family event featuring fantastic Japanese food like Takoyaki, Yakitori, and Yakiniku (Japanese barbeque). Activities and crafts included: Tanzaku, Tamaire, Suika wari, Kamishibai, Tsunahiki (tug of war), and Bonodori dancing. If you don’t know what these are, come this July and find out. Please feel free to click through the images to see what happened at this event.