East Asian Update

Monday, December 7. 11:30am-1:30pm. Sculpture Gallery Room, Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St. Ticketed event. Robert Iwata Memorial Lecture 2015 Featuring Yuen Pau Woo, President of HQ Vancouver Mr. Woo, Past President and CEO of the Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada, will be reporting on his recent visits to Japan and China in his capacity as President of HQ Vancouver. He will discuss a variety of topics including business opportunities for Japanese SMEs; the market reaction to the possibility of a trilateral free-trade agreement among China, South Korea and Japan and the business atmosphere in Japan after the Chinese stock market crash in June 2015. We invite all Canada Japan Society members, their guests and members of our affiliated organisations to welcome Mr Woo home from his travels and to share their thoughts with him directly. The event promises to be an enlightening opportunity for all to network with others who share their interests. Ticket prices: $60 for Canada Japan Society and co-sponsor members; $65 for non-members. Reserved Corporate tables of 8 are available at a discount price – please contact secretariat@canadajapansociety.bc.ca for more details. We encourage pre-payment by cheque mailed to: P.O. Box 47071, 15-555 W 12th Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X0 Please make cheques PAYABLE to “THE CANADA-JAPAN SOCIETY OF BC” For planning purposes, please reply to secretariat@canadajapansociety.bc.ca and register by Wednesday, December 2nd. Please note that we cannot accept cancellations after December 2nd and NO-SHOWS will be CHARGED. We look forward to seeing you at the Listel Hotel!   Event sponsored by the Canada Japan Society of BC, community sponsor of  the  2015 Vancouver Yokohama Golden...

The Hague in Japan Nov27

The Hague in Japan

Friday, Nov 27. 6:00pm-8:00pm. UBC Robson Square Room 180. Free of charge. Japan’s Ratification of the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and Its Implications When one parent returns back to Japan with his/ her child after divorce without consent of the other parent, this conduct could be viewed as child abduction. Until recently, however, there was no way to force the child to return back to his/her original place of residence once the child entered Japan. Now with the ratification of the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, Japan will be required to return the child back to his/her original place of residence. What is the background for this ratification? What has changed? We hope to explore the significance of this recent development and provide essential information to the Japanese community here in Vancouver. Participants Yuta Yamasaki, LL.B. Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs  (via videolink) Ai Kuroda, LL.B. Kuboi Law Office Yuki Matsuo, LL.B.  Family Law Mediator Yuji Matson, LL.M. DLA Piper Shige Matsui, LL.D. Professor, UBC Faculty of Law All who are interested in child custody issues in British Columbia and Japan are most welcome to attend this...

Hayashiya Family Rakugo...

Tuesday, Nov 10. 6:30pm-10:00pm. Nikkei Heritage Place. Ticketed event. Japanese language. An outstanding opportunity to experience the Sanpei Hayashiya Family, among the most celebrated rakugo performers in Japan, on their first visit to Vancouver. Tickets are available for $30 Adult and $25 Student from 694-777-2122 or contact...

Last Geisha of the Yoshiwara Oct30

Last Geisha of the Yoshiwara...

Friday, October 30. 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Asian Centre Auditorium (1877 West Mall, UBC). Free of charge. Canadian Premiere of  Minako: Last Geisha of the Yoshiwara  Please join us for this screening of a documentary movie on the last living geisha of the Yoshiwara district. In addition to the screening, there will be brief presentations on geisha and Edo culture by director Makoto Yasuhara and Edo specialist Kenji Watanabe. Director Makoto Yasuhara spent six years getting to know and document the life of a practicing geisha of the Yoshiwara district of Tokyo. Until Minako’s death in 2010 at age 90, she was the last living geisha (literally “a practitioner of the arts”) of the Yoshiwara, the only licensed area for prostitution in the old city of Edo (present Tokyo). Yoshiwara was once occupied by courtesans and those versed in traditional arts. Following World War II, the district was officially closed, but the cultural traditions lived on through the work of geisha like Minako.  Co-sponsored by the UBC Department of Asian Studies and Centre for Japanese Research, together with...

Arctic Gala Reception and Auction Oct24

Arctic Gala Reception and Auction...

Saturday, Oct 24. 7-11pm Vancouver Maritime Museum.Ticketed Event. Join one of the Golden Jubilee’s biggest supporters at an elegant reception and auction event in the Museum. Try reindeer, elk, muskox, caribou, Arctic char, smoked goose breast to name but a few, and sample specialty beverages from the region. Learn more here! Bid on exclusive auction items including a voyage to the Arctic compliments of One Ocean Expeditions! This is a unique opportunity to explore a world that is dramatically removed from the world we know and to bid on the trip of a lifetime! For more information and tickets go to http://www.vmm-gala.com/...

Musume Dojoji Presentation...

Thursday, October 22 6:00 pm -7:30 pm. Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Road, UBC).Free of charge.  Join us for an introduction to the performance styles of modern kabuki stars Sakata Tōjūrō and Bandō Mitsugorō X. Performer and scholar Nakamura Gankyō offers a lecture comparing the kata and kaishaku, or “form” and “interpretation,” of famous scenes in the play Maiden at Dōjoji Temple (Musume Dōjōji). The event will conclude with a dance-performance.  Born and raised in Southern California, Nakamura Gankyō is the first non-Japanese citizen to become a professional Kabuki actor. Gankyō has traveled worldwide to introduce Kabuki to a global audience, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  Co-sponsored by the UBC Centre for Japanese Research, Department of Theatre and Film, Department of Asian Studies; and...

Premium Sake Tasting Oct10

Premium Sake Tasting

Saturday, Oct 10 7-9:30. Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. $75/95. Tonari Gumi’s 14th Annual Sake Tasting Event, featuring emcee Margaret Gallagher, host of CBC Radio One’s Hot Air.  In addition to her award-winning work on the radio, Ms. Gallagher is very active in community outreach. Among her involvements have been Asian Heritage Month, Hapa-pooloza and Ganbare Japan!, a benefit concert held for those affected by the devastation of the 3-11 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan. Please join Tonari Gumi for an incredible night of premium sake offerings, great food and silent auction/raffle draws. All tickets are by advance purchase only.  All tickets are available until 5:00 pm, Friday, October 9, 2014 or until sold out.  You may purchase your tickets directly at Tonari Gumi by phoning (604) 687-2172 or visiting 101 – 42 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1M7 or online:...

Asia-Pacific and Japan...

Thursday, Sept 17. 2:30-4:00. DLA Piper, 28F 666 Burrard. $10. Co-sponsored by Canada Japan Society of BC, Consulate General of Japan and DLA Piper “Strategic and Economic Environment of Asia-Pacific and Japan” Ambassador Shingo Yamagami, Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Police will outline recent Asia-Pacific issues focusing on their strategic aspects. Specifically, he’ll touch upon economic affairs on both sides of the Pacific, such as the TPP and Japan-Canada EPA, as well as the recent security concerns surrounding Japan. For more information contact Canada Japan Society: office@canadajapansociety.bc.ca...

Amb. Monji Luncheon Sep09

Amb. Monji Luncheon

Wednesday, Sept 9. 11:30-1:00. Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. $50. Co-sponsored by Konwakai and Consulate General of Japan with support from Canada Japan Society of BC. Welcoming event for the new Japanese Ambassador to Canada His Excellency Kenjiro Monji, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Canada. The Ambassador presented his credentials to the Governor General on April 23rd.  He previously served as Ambassador to Iraq, Ambassador to Qatar and Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO. Although he has visited Canada twice previously, this is his first time working in Canada. He would like to promote further cooperation in a broad range of fields, such as economy including trade and energy sector, diplomacy, national security, science and technology, as well as culture and education, with the support and cooperation from the relevant parties of both countries. For more information and registration contact:...

Ramen Delegation Sep08

Ramen Delegation

Sept 8-10. Various locations. The Golden Jubilee committee is coordinating the logistical aspects of the visit by a delegation and camera crew from the Yokohama Ramen Museum, who are visiting local ramen shops in preparation for an exhibition this fall at the museum.

Asahi Legacy Games

Sunday, Sept 6. 9:00 am-6:00 pm. Nanaimo Park (Nanaimo and East 46th Ave, Vancouver). Free Event. Welcome to the 2nd Annual Asahi Legacy Games. Thanks to your generous support, in just 11 months after their inaugural game on October 11, 2014, the Canadian Nikkei Youth Baseball Club has over 80 players, 150 members and is fielding 5 teams. On this day, the Mini Asahi, Pee Wee Asahi, Bantam Asahi, Midget Asahi and Vancouver Asahi will play against teams from White Rock and West Van / Cypress Park Little League. Asahi Legacy Games Schedule: Sunday, September 6, 2015 9:00 AM Asahi Bantam vs. White Rock AAA, South East field 11:30 AM Mini Asahi vs. West Van / Cypress Park Little League, South West field 2:00 PM Asahi Pee Wee vs. White Rock AA, North West field Main Event – Terminal League Championship Game 4:15 PM Legacy Ceremony, South East field 4:30 PM Asahi Midget vs. Vancouver Asahi, South East...

Tsugaru Shamisen Concert...

Friday, September 4th, 2015. 6:00-9:00pm.Orpheum Annex 823 Seymour Street. Free event. The Consulate General of Japan is continuing to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sister City relations between Vancouver and Yokohama and  is pleased to present an encore performance by the accomplished Japanese shamisen musician Hiroshi Yamaguchi “Tsugaru Shamisen—a Vancouver Encore”. Also featured will be guest artist Yujiro Nakajima on guitar.  The duo’s 2014 performance in Vancouver was acclaimed by the audience and a return engagement seemed apropos for this 50th anniversary year. Seating is limited and demand is expected to be very high so RSVP ASAP...

JET Baseball Night Aug18

JET Baseball Night

Saturday August 8. Nat Bailey Stadium. Ticketed event. Open to all Golden Jubileers! JETAABC is hosting its annual summer baseball event on Saturday, August 8 at Nat Bailey Stadium! Enjoy food and drinks with friends and family in a private VIP BBQ section of the baseball field, watch some top-quality AAA baseball, and get an up-close-and-personal fireworks show after the game. A perfect way to spend a warm August evening! For more information, visit the website at http://www.jetaabc.ca/2015/06/2015-baseball-bbq-and-fireworks-extravaganza-at-nat-bailey-stadium/ Get your tickets on eventbrite:...

Anirevo 15

August 14-16.Vancouver Convention Centre. Ticketed Event. Canada’s largest anime convention,  Anirevo  (short for Anime Revolution) creates opportunities for fans to gather and experience a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels and performanaces, including art, animation, comics, costuming, cultural displays, dance , gaming and musical performances.  Enjoy the creative programming made with a combination of ideas from gaming, pop, and Japanese culture, that consist of hundreds of hours of planning and preparations! The goal is to provide people of all ages with entertainment, education, and cultural exchange. Anirevo gathers vendors, artists and exhibits to create a mini market where you can shop for anime and Japanese related products! Vendors bring vast collections of official goods that are hard to find in North America, while Artists come together to showcase an abundance of stunning art styles you will not find in official artworks! For Ticket information:...

Urban Pulse

Friday, August 14. Centre for Digital Media. Release of  “Urban Pulse” to the Golden Jubilee Committee, a digital game developed specifically for the 50th Annivesary  as a group project by six graduate students at the Centre for Digital Media: David Gutierrez, Weixin Zhu, Jatin Jia, Celine Chen, Albert Rothman and Wendy Chen under the supervision of their instructor, George Johnson. Operating from a kiosk, the game integrates musical composition and images from Vancouver and Yokohama to develop a broader understanding of the cultural life in each city. The game is designed to be played collaboratively at the same time by participants across the Pacific from each other. A similar group in Yokohama has been developing a Japanese interpretation of the same...