8th Annual Blossom Picnic

8th Annual Blossom Picnic
Blossom Picnic poster

Date: Saturday April 14th from 11am to 2:30pm
Location: Heiwa Garden at Peace Park

Program:
11:00 Koto performance by Akiko Otsu
11:15 Tai Chi Demo by Seven Stars Tai Chi
11:40 Aikido Demo by Salt Spring Aikikai
12:00 Karate Demo by Brenda Guiled and the Karate Kids
12:30 Taiko Drum performance by Jacob Derksen
1:00 Salt Spring Japanese Children Choir
1:15 Salt Spring Japanese Singers
1:40 African Drum performance by Laurent Boucher and Iroko

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Charcoal Pit Kiln Research Project

Galiano charcoal kiln

Kiln on Galiano on Bluff Park

Good news! We are very pleased to announce the launch of an exciting project to conduct research on the Japanese Canadian charcoal kilns of the Gulf Islands. We have received a one-time $24,000 grant from the BC | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada Fund offered by the BC Museum Association, and a one-time $2,500 grant from the Endowment Fund of the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

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Uprooting Presentation at the Library

Uprooting Presentation Post 2017

2017! This year is Canada’s 150th birthday and also the 75th anniversary of the uprooting of the Japanese-Canadians from the BC Coast.

The Japanese Garden Society will be holding a month-long presentation about the history of the Japanese-Canadians, focusing on the uprooting that happened during WW II. You may find some parallels to what is going on in the present world.

The Uprooting
1942: The War Measures Act and Japanese-Canadians
Location: Salt Spring Library Program Room
Date: February 1st to 27th
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5am
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Taiko Workshop

Date: Thursday April 14th
Location: Core Inn top floor
Time: 6:00 ~ 7:00 Youth program $20 / 7:30 ~9:00 Regular program $30

Spots are limited. Please email to register: rkanesaka@gmail.com
Taiko drummer Keita Kanazashi from Japan will be offering a rare opportunity for those interested in trying their hands on the taiko. The taiko drum is a Japanese instrument that is played with two wooden sticks. Participants will learn about taiko notation and basic rhythms at this hour-and-a-half, hands-on workshop.