J-Fest at Nikkei Centre: A Cosplay + Fandom Celebration

J-FEST was at Nikkei Centre was on March 7! It was a celebration of all things J-pop hosted by the Vancouver Anime Convention Society. J-Fest was a culmination of fandom for the love of favourite animes, mangas, games, and the like. I got to watch performers taiko drum, speak with local artists in the Artist Alley/Dealer […]

O-Higan

A Spring Festival O-Higan — March 21 was the first day of the Spring O-Higan, a 7-day festival to honour the spirits of our Japanese ancestors, and the time to give offerings. It is a holiday that is celebrated by nearly every Buddhist sect, with many special services usually observed in temples, both in Japan […]

Girls Day ~ Hinamatsuri 雛祭り

Today is Hinamatsuri! or Girls’ Day. It is a special day in Japan, celebrated each year on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形)  that represent Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.  We are celebrating today by eating […]

Setsubun – The “Bean Throwing Festival”

The seasonal divide Setsubun – “season division”. It happened  just yesterday, on February 3rd. It is considered the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. It is often thought to be the peak of the cold season, leading to the onset of the warmer spring season, so it is celebrated as part of the […]