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Powell Street Festival Society • パウエル祭協会 | Celebrating Japanese Canadian arts and culture since 1977
2017 Powell Street Festival by Lucas Lau

THANK YOU FOR COMING TO THE 41st Annual Powell Street Festival!!!

Check out the wonderful images taken our volunteer festival photographers!

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After the excitement that was Powell Street Festival, get ready for

TAIWANfest Kanpai Japan! 

TAIWANfest is celebrating its 28th year in Vancouver this summer, as well as our second year of the Dialogues with Asia series where we feature a cultural dialogue between Taiwanese and a different Asian culture. This September they will be featuring the connections between Taiwan and Japan, themed under "Kanpai, Japan!" Their programming includes visual arts, culinary arts, music, performing arts, storytelling, workshops, and activities with artists coming from Japan and Taiwan as well as across Metro Vancouver. The great thing is that by presenting these stories in the context of a cultural dialogue between Japan, Taiwan, and Canada we are able to provide content in a fresh perspective for Vancouver audiences. 
This year, TAIWANfest will be in Downtown Vancouver along Granville Street and at VAG Plaza, QE Theatre & Plaza, Vancouver Playhouse, and some other nearby venues on Labour Day weekend, September 2nd - 4th. 
For more, visit

Japanese Canadian Artist Directory

Are you an artist? Submit your profile to the new online Japanese Canadian Artist Directory! Not an artist? Browse the profiles of over 300 artists in all disciplines, and spread the word so more will join. Submitting a profile is free, and a great way to share your work with the nationwide Japanese Canadian community. Visit to check it out.

The 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.

Image credits: Clockwise from upper left: Inner Structure by Kazuo Nakamura, 1955; NESTING (detail), ink sketch using brush and twig, 11” x 16”, Tsuneko Kokubo, 2016; Sumida River by Denise Fujiwara; Tsuneko Kokubo by Paul Gibbons; C•osmos•is Series 1 by Aiko Suzuki, 1987; Judges, by Shizuye Takashima, ca.1964; Chant, Nobuo Kubota, 1986; Jesse Nishihata. Logo by Lotus Miyashita.


Lottery Winners!


Please pick up your lottery prize at 410 – 111 West Hastings Street by appointment after September 6 by emailing or calling 604.739.9388.


No. Prize Ticket Person
1 Two round trip tickets to Japan & J-station Credit: Japan Airlines, Maple Fun Tours, Kami Insurance, JTB International 3771 Shiho Tamai
2 Hapa Izakaya Private Dinner for Six 1114 Philip Sun
3 Forage Inside Package from Listel Hotel and Forage Restaurant 14 Rika Uto
4 Fun at the Festivals Package (Queer Film Festival, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver International Dance Fetstival) 200 Fritz Lapastora
5 Tickets to the Vancouver Opera 2611 Michael Lee
6 Vancouver Book Pack 1843 Gerry Hutchison
7 Natural Living Book Pack 157 Hiroko Negishi
8 A Night Out at the Cinematheque 3218 Leigh Ann Shoji Lee
9 Eight Tickets to Vancouver Canadians 176 Irene Bing
10 Art Book Pack 1024 Myrna Sue
11 Subscriptions for Vancouver Shinpo, The Bulletin, and Geist Magazine 337 Kanae Takahashi
12 Gift Basket from Republica Coffee 1025 Nina Inaoka Lee
13 Foodie Book Pack 2538 Ivano Corazza
14 One Year Family Membership to Museum of Anthropology 633 Aki Foster
15 Subscriptions to Vancouver Shinpo and The Bulletin 1813 Josephine Yung
16 Memoir and Identity Book Pack 828 Mike Warren
17 $10 for Sunrise Market and $50 for Fujiya 164 Lorraine West
18 $20 for Sunrise Market and $50 for Fujiya 849 Jeannie Morgan
19 Subscriptions to The Bulletin and Geist Magazine 1166 Stan Takaki
20 $40 for Sunrise Market and Gift Certificate for a Cake at Cadeux Bakery 1003 Mas Fukawa
21 Subscription to Geist Magazine & Stationary Package for Regional Assembly of Text 2915 Hollie Williams
22 Custom T-Shirt from BLIM 2680 Cat Renay
23 Package of Powell Street Festival Merchandise 197 Tom Cuddihy




Hapa Collaborative, Transcendence Foundation, Kami Insurance, Shinobu Homma, Kikuye Komori, Grace Thomson, Kiyo Goto, Lenita Wong, Gordon Kadota, Anonymous, Gary Kuromi, Miko Hoffman, Maple Fun Tours, Barbara Pulling in memory of Richard Masahiro Shinde, Colin Chan, Shirley Peerenboom, Al Pasternak, Axel Starck, Colin Yakashiro, Cynthia Kay Patton, Leslie Uyeda, Pacific Fresh Produce Distributor, Figure 1 Publishing, Blim, Arsenal Pulp Press, Konbiniya Japan Center, Daiso, Aburi Restaurants of Canada, Benny’s Foods, Cartems Donuterie, FreshPoint Vancouvuer, Opus Art Supplies, Pure Float, Cadeaux Bakery, Fujiya, Geist Magazine, Hapa Izakaya, JTB International, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Listel Canada and Forage and Timber, Museum of Anthropology, Queer Film Festival, Regional Assembly of Text, Republica Coffee, Sunrise, The Cinematheque, Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Shinpo, Vancouver Writers Fest, Glico, Real Canadian Superstore, T & T Supermarket Inc., Parallel 49, The Bulletin, Diane Kadota, John Endo Greenaway, East Van Graphics, Lookout Society and the Getaway, Oppenheimer Park Staff, The Wise Hall, Abaton, Med Tech, Vancouver Buddhist Temple, Yoshio Arai, Julien Fagnan, and ALL of our dedicated volunteers, coordinators, staff, Board Members and alumni!

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Thank you again to all of our festival supporters!
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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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