6th Annual Blossom Picnic

Blossom Picnic 2016

6th Annual Blossom Picnic
@ the Heiwa Garden in the Peace Park
Saturday April 9th 11:00 ~ 2:30

In a celebration of spring, the Japanese Garden Society will hold the 6th annual Blossom Picnic on Saturday April 9th from 11:00 to 2:30.
Join us for music, martial art presentations, Japanese home-style sushi lunches, calligraphy and tea ceremony demos, and many more activities.

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Japanese Garden Society AGM

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 3:30 to 5:00pm
Location: SS Public Library Project Room

Guest Speaker: Brian Smallshaw: “The Dispossession of Japanese-Canadian Land on Saltspring”

We are having a guest speaker for this year’s AGM. Brian Smallshaw will share findings from his research into the uprooting of Japanese Canadians from Saltspring during World War Two. Based primarily on work carried out at the University of Victoria, Library and Archives Canada and in personal interviews, his talk will focus on the land that was taken from Japanese-Canadians and sold against their will, and provide insights into this unhappy chapter of the island’s history.

After the talk, we will have our annual general meeting.

Public Opening of the Japanese Charcoal Pit Kiln

The Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission (SSI PARC) and Japanese Garden Society are pleased to announce the public opening of the newly-restored Japanese Charcoal Pit Kiln in Ganges on Sunday November 29th, 2015.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the completion of this project, and to reflect on the Japanese Canadian pioneers and the history of Salt Spring in the early 1900’s.

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Japanese charcoal pit kilns located

Japanese charcoal pit kilns have been located in Mouat Park

The Japanese Garden Society is launching a new project in partnership with the Salt Spring Island Parks and Recreation Commission – the Restoration of the Japanese Charcoal Pit Kilns. As PARC has been such a great partner, we are feeling very hopeful about the project.

The society has started a fundraising campaign to raise funds to get the project moving. We recently received some good news that we’ve been chosen to receive grants from the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society and the Salt Spring Foundation.

Go to Japanese Charcoal Kiln Restoration on our website for more details.

Spring 2015 fundraising events a great success

Spring 2015 fundraising events were great success

Koji Yamaguchi who plays Shamisen and Yoshihiko Fueki who plays Taiko drums made the fisrt stop of their North American Tour at Salt Spring. With a great support of Anthony Mathews who was in charge of the Easter Art Tour and its special exhibit, the concert on April 9th at Mahon Hall was realized.
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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Please take a look at our latest newsletter. An article about the restoration project of Japanese charcoal pit kilns in Mouat Park is on the second page of the newsletter.

JGS Spring 2015 Newsletter

Click here to download a pdf copy of the Spring 2015 Newsletter.