Karakoro Eisa in Canada2018
We performed for the greatest festival of Japanese Canadians the Powell Street Festival for the first time.
There was a large audience, and the performance was a great success.
A magazine and a newspaper issued in Vancouver carried a report of Karakoro.
▽Fraser Monthly ( To read the article in the enlarged display, click here. ) ※ The article is written in Japanese.
( To move to the website of the Vancouver Shinpo, click here. )http://www.v-shinpo.com/maple/5367-maple180809
On Vancouver and the Powell Street Festival
Vancouver, jutting out into the Georgia Strait, is the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, next to Toronto and Montreal. It is a west gateway to Canada for people from Asia and America.
In the Powell Street in Vancouver, known as Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, people annually have a largest Japanese Canadian festival, named “The Powell Street Festival.” It has a diverse audience of over 17,500 festival goers. This festival takes place in a low-income neighbourhood, the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Powell Street Festival Society stands in solidarity with the communities of the DTES through their Advocacy and Outreach Committee efforts. Oppenheimer Park, the site of the festival, has been dubbed the “Backyard” of the DTES.
Moreover, the DTES has a large Indigenous population. Oppenheimer Park, the site of the festival, is of historical significance to Indigenous peoples in this territory. Powell Street Festival Society recognizes the ongoing colonization of Indigenous peoples and stands in solidarity with decolonization efforts.
The Powell Street Festival Society’s mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to
connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood.
Offered by Mr. Art Miki, this year we performed Eisa at the Japanese Pavilion for the Folklorama, the festival which has continued in Winnipeg for about 48 years and 41 countries around the world participated in.
We performed on two days, and there was a large audience.
Here is an article on the Internet, which shows the Karakoro performance.
▽WinnipegPress ( To move to the website of the Winnipeg Press, click here. )
In 1970, during the celebration of Manitoba’s centennial, Folk Art Council of Winnipeg organized a festival called “Folklorama” in order to celebrate the multicultural heritage in Manitoba. The festival achieved success, and it has continued over 48 years since then. At each pavilion, which utilizes a school, a college or a public facility, people of each ethnic group introduces their own cultures through exhibitions, events and providing cultural food as well as exhibits their products. Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association hosts the Japanese Pavilion to introduce Japanese culture.
At the Japanese Pavilion, you can see various performances, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, the art of folding paper, Japanese traditional dance, the Manitoba Kendo Club, the Manitoba Judo Association, the Winnipeg Budo-kai Karate Club, and Taiko (Hinode Taiko). In the pavilion audience can enjoy meals, buying various foods, such as Japanese sake, beer, sushi, teriyaki chicken, fried noodle, a bowl of boiled rice covered with raw tuna, curry and rice, and manju.
This Folklorama, held in August every year, has known as one of the outstanding multi-cultural events in North America. ˙ Having a lot of visitors from around the world as well as tour buses from the United States,
they had 45 pavilions and over 445,000 people visited them in 2004.
JCAM - Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba
In 2013 the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association (MJCCA) and the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (MJCCC) amalgamated to form the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Inc (JCAM). This is a non-profit, charitable organization that serves as the representative organization for Japanese Canadians in Manitoba.
JCAM is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and will organize community, cultural and educational activities through a volunteer board and the organization’s membership. JCAM undertakes projects that include all segments of the Japanese Canadian community, as well as reach out to other Canadians. JCAM organizes activities, programs, and services in both the English and Japanese language in order to educate and inform the general community about Japanese and Japanese-Canadian art, music, culture, heritage and history, while also operating the Japanese Language School and the Japanese Public Schools Program (Japan PSP) a cultural program at the Centre for Manitoba’s elementary school students.