P. Anne Winter writes about this unique and highly recommended annual summer event.
Please save Saturday July 14 for this free combined event at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Last year, it had everyone smiling and laughing at the different activities, unique to summer months. We actually danced outdoors, heard wonderful big drums, and watched charming specialized dance groups.
I wrote about a large children’s area with different types of games. In the pond, kids could “fish” for very pretty small plastic fish. How excited the children were with their magnetic catches.
Most of the activities took place in the very large parking lot outside the JCCC. We were able to enjoy the breeze there as we wandered from booth to booth, choosing crafts, for example. Some were made from rare, ancient kimono material. We feasted on unusual food items only available on this occasion.
A tradition during this event is to wear a light kimono or yukata. Most people get up to dance. It is a wondrous sight to see all ages from four up to 90, clearly enjoying the moment, waving their arms and moving in unison around the area.
For Anne’s 2011 blog on this festival, click on: http://bit.ly/KDGvo6 . The JCCC is at 6 Garamond Court.