Japanese Cultural Fair

Saturday, October 21, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00
Where: Esquimalt Recreation Centre, 527 Fraser Street
When: October 21, 2017 -
10:00AM to 4:00PM

FREE admission! Tastes and traditions of Japan come alive at 18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair.

Greater Victoria residents have the chance to experience the best of Japanese food, entertainment and crafts in just one day at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

“The 2017 fair is our chance to share our Omotenashi - Japanese hospitality that entertains guests wholeheartedly,” said VNCS President Tsugio Kurushima. “It’s a family-friendly fair with activities and events - and delicious food - for all ages.”

This year’s fair will again offer up a blend of new and old activities. Returning by popular demand are the sell-out bento box and sushi sales, the only-at-the-fair YYJ Dogs (hot dogs with special Japanese toppings), taiko drumming performances, and tea ceremony demonstration.

New activities this year include Haiku teaching table, a session on Japanese pop music, a look at Japanese classical theatre, and a Judo demonstration. Other cultural displays include a pottery session for youth, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Koto (Japanese zither) and Kyudo (Japanese archery).

Please note the following Esquimalt Recreation program modifications to allow enjoyment of this free community event. Where programs are running (e.g. swim lessons), please be advised that parking will be limited. We encourage you to arrive a few minutes early for your programs and park at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, rear parking lot, 200 metres from teh Recreation Centre (across Bullen Park). 


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Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS)