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In this Issue

1 Digi-Art Art Workshops!
2 Sake Social Fundraiser
3 Kibatsu Cinema Series
4 Sawagi Taiko's Beginner's Taiko Workshop
5 Consulate General of Japan presents: Noh meets Canada
6 Tonari Gumi's 40th and the JCCA's 60th Anniversary Dinner

Powell Street Festival Updates

Kids will unleash their wild, playful imaginations in this fun-filled and hands on workshop series! As the second volume of Powell Street Festival’s children art workshops, Digi-Art will feature classes that provide kids with the opportunity to express their creativity using digital technology. Children and youth will learn new techniques and skills from practicing artists Yoshinori Tanaka (photography), Makiko Yoshii (print, animation), and Kazuho Yamamoto (mixed media). Digi-Art features local Japanese Canadian artists teaching kids how to:

-Take portrait photos with their digital cameras like a pro
-Make a stop-motion video and using a mac laptop and video camera
-Sew, draw, and design their own pouch or plush toy
-Use simple skills in Adobe Photoshop, including toolbox, text, and layers
-Develop a storyboard to create a flipbook
-Make a whiteboard drawing animation using stop motion video

Full class descriptions available HERE!

To register, contact PSF 604 739 9388
or Vancouver Japanese Language School 604 254 2551
Registration ends on Friday, May 24th, 2013.


DIGI-ART is a lead-up event to the 37th Annual Powell Street Festival, which will take place on August 3rd and 4th at Oppenheimer Park and surrounding venues.

Come join us at this year’s Sake Social fundraiser!  Spend a delightful summer evening learning about the smooth, cool taste of Japanese rice wine while lounging outdoors at the beautiful courtyard of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Taste delicious sake, enjoy a delicious array of appetizers, and bid on some fabulous items at our silent auction-all  while supporting your favourite Festival!

Buy your EARLY BIRD TICKETS by May 11th for $35!
for 4 sake tastings & food
Additional Sake tastings at a small fee

~ Sakes provided by Blue Note Wine & Spirits, That’s Life Gourmet, Select Wines & Spirits, The Association of Pure Sake Promoters of Japan, D-Way Beverage Inc, and Jizake Japan.
~ Appetizers courtesy of Hapa Izakaya, Fujiya, Freshpoint Produce

+ Pink Fortune Reading $85

Pink Readings
love fortunes by nandemo kandemo

5 limited edition, 15 minute pink readings will be offered to audiences in need of a little pick me up in their love life. This special edition fortune reading will pay tribute to the 1970s-1980s Japanese female pop duo, Pink Ladies, to set things in motion with matters of your heart. A combination of tarot cards and umikuji will be performatively offered.

nandemo kandemo is Cindy Mochizuki and Asa Mori in collaboration on fortunes, food, art and animation.

Please note that these limited tickets are only available through phone booking. Please call our office 604 739 938,  advance payment is required.

Special 5 minute short readings will also be available for $20 to book at the event at a first come first served basis. Remember to bring cash or cheque!

Click HERE to see our album of 2013 Silent Auction Items!


Event Restricted to adults aged 19 +; no minors allowed.

And if you care to volunteer at our event, please contact us 604 739 9388 or


Kibatsu Cinema: eccentricity, popular culture and contemporary Japanese film

THURSDAYS: JUNE 6, 13, 20 & 27

The Powell Street Festival Society and The Cinematheque are pleased to present the fifth edition of “Kibatsu Cinema,” a celebration of the odd and the eccentric in Japanese pop culture and contemporary Japanese film. Kibatsu is a Japanese word denoting a person or thing that is, by ordinary standards, unusual or unconventional. This year, Chris MaGee curates a series of quirky, smart, and stylish films that delve into and explore the world of anime, indie rock groupies, outsider art, iconoclast sound artists, and unconventional love stories

“Kibatsu Cinema: eccentricity, popular culture and contemporary Japanese film” is a lead-up event to Vancouver’s 37th annual Powell Street Festival, a celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture, and heritage. Festival weekend is August 3-4, with other events beginning in May.

Please visit for film info and tickets
Click HERE for Kibatsu Cinema's Facebook event page

Media contact:
Sabrina at 604.739.9388 or media at

Sawagi Taiko Beginner’s Taiko Workshop

Sunday, May 5th, 2013
11 am to 4 pm
East Vancouver, near Fujiya on Clark
$55/ person or $40/student and underemployed.
Open to participants aged 16 years and older.
MAXIMUM 15 spots available.
Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment.
This workshop will cover taiko basics, including rhythm and taiko technique. You will leave at the end of the day with the satisfaction of having learnt and performed an arrangement of a taiko piece.
Athletic attire and non-making soft soled shoes are required.
Please bring water and lunch. Juice will be provided.
For more information, contact Jeanie at or call (604) 879.1567.

The General Consulate of Japan in Vancouver presents: Noh Meets Canada


Tonari Gumi's 40th and the JCCA's 60th Anniversary Dinner
Celebrating a combined 100 Years of Service to the Japanese Canadian Community!

When:       June 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Where:      Pink Pearl Chinese Restaurant, 1132 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Keynote Speaker: Joy Kogawa, author of Obasan
The Early Years: Visual History by Tamio Wakayama

Tonari Gumi or the Japanese Community Volunteers Association was founded in 1973 by Jun Hamada and others to serve the needs of the frail and elderly first generation Japanese Canadians in the downtown eastside.  Tonari Gumi is a true grassroots organization, harnessing the energy of its volunteers to assist both elders and newcomers to overcome the barriers of poverty and social isolation.  For forty years, Tonari Gumi has held to an unwavering commitment to the ideas of service to others and contribution to the greater good.  Now, together with the JCCA they are creating an expanded senior’s drop-in and community outreach centre to provide programs and services to even more individuals in need.
The Greater Vancouver JCCA was created in 1953 with a mandate to educate the Canadian public about the history and cultural heritage of Japanese Canadians and the preservation of these values; protecting and promoting the rights and freedoms of all individuals without any discriminatory practices; and to develop and maintain a communication network with multicultural societies in Canada and internationally. The JCCA and Tonari Gumi have worked closely together to help build the community and they are joining hands once again to create this new centre for the community.
Please join us in celebrating this amazing milestone within our community.  The funds raised will go to the renovation and outfitting of Tonari Gumi’s new seniors’ drop-in and community outreach centre at 42 West 8th Avenue in Vancouver.
Tickets: $60/person or $550/table of 10 (tax donation receipt of $25 for each adult ticket)
Contact: David Iwaasa at Tonari Gumi, (604) 687-2172 or e-mail at  Website:

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Do you have a Japanese-Canadian or Downtown Eastside community related event? Powell Street Festival Society is happy and excited to offer our community partners the opportunity to submit their own special events to our newsletter. It's our little way of saying thank you for your hard work in our community! Send us via PSF Community Event Submission Form.

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