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In this Issue:
Donate to the Powell Street Festival Society!
Reminder for 2014 Festival Applications
Nikkei National Museum presents Ukiyoe Spectacular
Katari Taiko: Spring Workshop
The Bulletin: Community Calendar

Donate to the Powell Street Festival Society!

Image Credit: Tamio Wakayama

To start off the new year, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Powell Street Festival to ensure that we continue as a community hub and presentation platform for Japanese Canadian artists. Your support will help the Festival continue its annual tradition and stay strong for another 38 years.
Through our annual festival and year-round season events the Powell Street Festival Society continues to:
- commission original works from Japanese Canadian artists
- provide presentation opportunities to emerging, mid-career and established Japanese Canadian artists
- advocate for the commemoration of Powell Street’s diverse histories and communities
- introduce the Festival audience to unique performances and artists from Japan
- reduce landfill-bound waste and Festival-related carbon emissions through an extensive recycling and composting program and the provision of free bike valet services
- promote fully accessible, enriching, educational, and entertaining arts and culture programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
Donating is easy! You can make either:

1. Mail a cheque payable to ‘Powell Street Festival Society’ and mail to
410 – 111 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

2.Or, donate online. If you would like to support us through making a tax-deductible donation online you can click HERE to donate online!

Your generous support will go far in ensuring the Powell Street Festival can continue to be a free festival, and to support local artists and the growing community that is our home. Thank you!

Him Creations at 2012 Powell Street Festival

Applications for 2014 Powell Street Festival

We are gearing up for the 2014 Powell Street Festival!

1. If you would like to apply to be one of our Marketplace, craft or display booth vendors, or would like to be a performer at the festival, application forms will be available online in February, and will be due at the beginning of March (date TBA).

2. For all food booth and community booth applicants, please contact us at our office in February to request an application.
You can reach us by email: or by phone: (604) 739 9388

*A friendly reminder that it is the applicant's responsibility to check in at our website HERE to download a form to apply or to contact our office to request an application form. Thank you!

Image courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum

Nikkei National Museum: Ukiyoe Spectacular
The Nikkei National Museum is pleased to announce Ukiyoe Spectacular, an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the 1800s.

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Talk by ukiyo-e collector/curator Shinichi Inagaki: January 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: January 11, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Exhibition: January 11 to March 23, 2014
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby

West Vancouver Museum
Opening Reception: January 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (Remarks at 7 p.m.)
Exhibition: January 10 to March 22, 2014
680 17th Street, West Vancouver


Over one hundred woodblock prints from a private collection in Japan will be on display at the West Vancouver Museum and the Nikkei National Museum. This is a rare opportunity to see works by Kuniyoshi, Yoshifuji and Hiroshige, among many other ukiyo-e artists. Curated by ukiyo-e scholar Inagaki Shinichi and West Vancouver Museum’s Kiriko Watanabe, Ukiyoe Spectacular reveals compelling images of the supernatural and epic myths, as well as portraits of courageous samurai and historical events.
During the Edo period (1604-1868), the concept of “floating world” indicated the enjoyment of life while it lasted. Ukiyo-e, which literally means “pictures of floating world”, dates back over three hundred years and reached its golden age during the Edo. The prints included in this exhibition from the late Edo demonstrate technical virtuosity and culturally rich traditions.  In addition to common ukiyo-e subjects, such as kabuki actors and beautiful women, many images reveal various interpretations of social and political issues.  Consumer taste and the censorship imposed by the Tokugawa government at the time played a major role in facilitating new trends in the making of ukiyo-e. Princess Takiyasha Calling up a Monstrous Skeleton Spectre at the Haunted Palace at Sōma (c. 1844-48), a triptych by Utagawa Kuniyoshi depicts a giant skeleton conjured by the princess’s dark magic looming over two samurai figures. Though this image is dramatic, there are many others in the exhibition that are entertaining. The more time you spend looking, the more you discover: the face you are looking at is composed of an assemblage of cats, or a figure’s eyes are made of blow fish. 

This exhibition celebrates the 125th anniversary of consular relations between Canada and Japan, and also gives an opportunity for visitors to see the visual and technical sophistication of this unique Japanese art form.

For more information, please visit
Details of images from top left:
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Fun with Fukurokuju's Head: Catching Sparrows and Octopus Dance, c.  1840-1844; Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Princess Takiyasha Calling Up a Monstrous Skelton Spectre at the Haunted Old Palace at Sōma, c. 1844-1848;Enrōsai Shigemitsu, Fantastic Beast of Good Fortune; Kobayashi Kiyochika,
One Hundred Countenances (Continued) - Sadness, c.1883; Utagawa Yoshifuji , Fukusuke, c.  1847-1852; Utagawa Yoshifuji, The Cat-Witch from the Fifty-Three Stages, c. 1847.

Katari Taiko: Spring Workshop

Photo Courtesy of Katari Taiko

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 2, 2014 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Learn about taiko history, notation, and basic rhythms at this one-day, hands-on workshop. At the end of the workshop, participants will have learned a taiko piece. No previous experience is necessary.
Venue: Taiko Space, 1254 Frances Street, Vancouver (just west of Clark Drive)
Fee: $75 general or $50 for students/ seniors/ unemployed. Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring a lunch. Bring soft-soled indoor athletic footwear, or be prepared to go barefoot – street shoes cannot be worn inside the taiko space. Water and juice will be provided.
Please call 604-683-8240 before sending the registration form below and payment to Katari Taiko to:
Katari Taiko Workshop Registration
#410 – 111 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4
Tel: (604) 683-8240; Fax: (604) 683-7911; E-mail:;
Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis to a maximum of 15. Registration will not be confirmed until the fee is paid.
The registration form can be downloaded at the Katari Taiko website at

The Bulletin: Community Calendar

The Bulletin, the journal of Japanese Canadian community, history & culture, is now accepting submission to its online calendar ( All community organizations and cultural groups are invited to submit upcoming events for inclusion in the calendar.

Please include: name of event, date(s), start and end time of event, location (including address), contact information (phone #, email address) website and brief description. Please also indicate the type of event it is (dance, theatre, martial arts, community event, etc). Digital photos are also welcomed.

*If your organization posts regular events, you will be provided with access to the calendar so that you can make posts yourself.

The Bulletin: Community Directory

The Bulletin is also compiling an online directory of community-based organizations and groups. If you would like your group or organization included, please include: name of organization, category (community organization, martial arts, dance, faith-based, music, etc) contact name, contact info (phone #, email), website and brief description.


Send us your events!

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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