Japan Day Open House Sunday September 23 10:00 – 3:00

Congratulations and thank you from the Board to all who worked very hard to make our Japan Day Open House a memorable event.

The day started with a BANG just after 10:00 am with the Burlington Tailko Drummers performing several rhythmic excerpts which had the crowd jumping.  Followed by the Japanese Folk Dancers, “WOW” What a dynamic presentation.  Everyone became involved with the carrying of the Shrine which showed our true multicultural presence. It was very exciting.

We would like to thank Mr. Kato and Mr. Otsuka representing the Japan Consulate General’s Office in Toronto. They loaned us the portable Shrine and Lion costume, along with Japanese Dolls and new posters. Our gratitude and thanks to the group of people from Toronto who accompanied Mr. Kato and graciously volunteered throughout the day.

Everyone was invited in to our indoor activities provide by the Japan Consulate volunteers and the Centre volunteers which offered trying on  a kimono, Japanese blocks, Go,  Sumie, pottery, exhibits from Kaga.  Martilal Arts demonstration of Judo, Karate, Iaido, Kendo were had many spectators watching.  Tai-Chi and Zumba and Odori had the crowd involved during their respective demonstrations.  The registration room was busy all day with a record number registering for programs and courses being offered.

Thanks to all who helped with the food preparation and serving under the direction of Shoji Yano. The luncheon was a sold out success! During the lunch a musical interlude was presented by Anita Hiripi Violinist and Mate Szigeti Flutist

A very special thank you to the many volunteers who were inside preparing, and manning the tables during the outdoor activities. I urge you to view the pictures and photos taken during the event. They certainly captured the day.



These Photos are from Ezio Contasti

These photos are from Chris Hourmouzis


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