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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977


A Beginner's Workshop

Sunday, May 13
Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson St, 2nd floor
Doors at 12:30pm; 1 – 4pm 

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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. 

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The 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival is
August 4 & 5 at Oppenheimer Park and Surrounding Areas!!

Spatial Poetics XVII

Friday, June 15 at 7:30pm
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park
Free with museum admission
$0 - $13.50

Featuring Hide Ebina, Naomi Horii, Fish, and Mayumi Yoshida

Multi-disciplinary artists will collaborate to present a performance for one-night only at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, as a part of the museum's Lost Fleet exhibition.

Hanami Picnic Photos

Community Events

Lillooet Legacy Sign Unveiling

Highway 12 & Sumner Road beside Airport Gardens, Lillooet, BC 
Fri., May 11, 1:30 pm

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Internment, Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be unveiling the second of seven Highway Legacy Signs for the Internment Site clusters and Roadcamps for the Self-supporting sites of East Lillooet, Bridge River, Minto, and McGillivray Falls.   On Oct. 27, 2017, Minister Claire unveiled the first Legacy Sign at Tashme Internment site in the Sunshine Valley outside Hope, BC.  More info...

Please Donate to the Legacy Signage Project

The Legacy Signs will provide a platform for local history education and Heritage Tourism. Many of the seven remaining signs are located in remote towns in the Kootenays.


To support the unveiling events and defray local expenses for venue and equipment rentals, hospitality, entertainment and transportation for local school children and seniors, we ask for your support to help us make these celebration events happen. Let’s leave a lasting educational legacy for future generations.

Please make your donations to the Nikkei National Museum on website DONATE or write your cheques to Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Center 75th Anniversary Legacy Signage Project, 6688 Southoaks Crescent Burnaby BC V5E 4M7 or call 604.777.2122. Make sure to earmark your donations for the 75th Anniversary Legacy Signage Project.  For more information contact the Legacy Signage Project fund raising team: Howard Shimokura ( or Chuck Tasaka (


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 chance to witness the legacy of an amazing and beautiful master dancer. Featuring guest artsist from Japan, Fujima Shôgo and Fujima Minako.

TICKETS from $29 at Tickets Tonight 604.684.2787  |


Free lecture demonstration: Friday May 11 @ 6pm
Workshop: Saturday May 12 2:30-4:30.

Sunny Island

Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm at Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park

Talk is included with paid museum admission
For tickets: CLICK HERE

Underwater archeologist Charles Moore and VMM curator Duncan McLeod discuss the recent excavation of Japanese-Canadian fishing boat, the Sunny Island - Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm.

The discovery and identification of the Sunny Island, a boat build in 1929 for the BC coastal fishing industry by a Japanese-Canadian boat-builder, has challenged some old assumptions about the story of the Lost Fleet and Japanese Canadian involvement in the boat building and fishing industries. Underwater archeologist Charles Moore is currently a consulting archeologist with Golder Associates and is a member of the UASBC. He has worked on projects on all four coasts of North America, plus work in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Duncan MacLeod is the head curator of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and has a Masters of Studies in Greek Archeology from Oxford University.

Japan Market

Robson Square 
June 3 at 11am-4 pm
Free admission

At Japan Market, you will find unique Japanese crafts, and products such as jewelry, soap, postcards, notebooks, dry flowers, ceramics, kimono, cute pouches, charms, tabi socks, hair accessories etc.

There will also be services such as hair styling, massage, aroma therapy, Sato lymph care and reiki. Get pampered while you are there (fees apply).

Come experience some workshops ie. jewelry making, notebook binding, basic Japanese lessons, calligraphy, and yukata dressing. Watch hair styling demo or obi tying demo. Get a massage. Try Kendama, Origami and Daruma Otoshi.

We invite you to come enjoy the Japanese culture with us at Japan Market.
More info...

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Japanese Canadian
Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Visit to check it out.

Powell Street Festival Society is proud to present this resource in partnership with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto) and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

Renew your Annual Membership Top-Up 

For an additional $12, get discounts are great local businesses including Coconama ChocolateCatfe, Tama Organic Life, and of course Powell Street Festival Society! 

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Community Events

Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
You can see the full list on our website!

Send Us Your Event!

Do you have a Japanese Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events. We will publicize suitable events and activities. It’s our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via Community Event Submission Form. 
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