Culture and Education


Japan-related events organized by the Consulate General of Japan and by other organizations are listed on this page. For further information about events organized by other other organizations, please contact the organizers directly.
Please note the Consulate General of Japan is no longer accepting event applications for events celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver as the celebration ended on March 31, 2015.  If you wish to announce your event on our website, please visit the page on Information about posting events on our website
Current and Upcoming Events


Film Screening in Whitehorse, Yukon:

A Tale of Samurai Cooking
Venue: The Old Fire Hall (1105 Front Street Whitehorse, Yukon)
Show time: Wed., Feb 22, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Running length: 122 minutes
Admission is FREE!
No reservation required!
Light refreshments!
Rated PG

During the Edo Period of Japan, an excellent cook marries the heir to a renowned cooking family. However, her husband is a terrible chef. With the help of her new father-in-law, she begins to teach him the ways of the culinary arts.
(Dir. Yûzô Asahara. In Japanese with English subtitles.)
Film Screening in Vancouver, BC:

Neko Samurai
Venue: Cinemateque (1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC)
Show time: Sun., March 5, 2:00pm
Running Length: 100 minutes
FREE admission!
No reservation required!
Not yet rated

Synopsis:Kyutaro (Kazuki Kitamura) is a SAMURAI who was once feared. However, after losing his position, he runs out of money and living alone away from his family. Kyutaro doesn't know how to earn money without using his sword. One day Kyutaro gets a job offer, which is to kill a cat.  Though Kyutaro finds it quite silly, he decides to do it for money. When Kyutaro opens the door to where the target of his assassin is, he sees the lovely white cat.    (Dir. Yoshitaka Yamaguchi. In Japanese with English subtitles.) 
Cinema Kabuki 2017 Vancouver
in High Definition on the Big Screen, Direct from Japan, Subtitled in English
Kabuki Theatre, with origins dating back to the 1600s, has remained steeped in tradition while constantly innovating itself. Live productions, featuring some of today's greatest Kabuki stars, are now being filmed with the highest resolution cameras for screening in cinemas around the world on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound.
Date: February 19
Time: 11:55 am - Kumagai’s Camp
           2:30 pm - Three Thieves Named Kichisa
Venue: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
           88 West Pender Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Links: (trailer, synopsis, tickets)



Call for Nominations:Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project
On July 7th, the BC Government issued a  Press Release seeking nominations for the Japanese Historic Places in the Provincial Recognition Program. Minister Naomi Yamamoto made the announcement at the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall. Nominations will be open until September 9th, 2016
Date: July 7th - September 9
Nikkei Matsuri
A family friendly Japanese festival with food, entertainment, games, crafts, etc.
Date: September 3 & 4
Japan Film Show - Sue, Mai & Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship
A heartwarming drama based on Masuda Miri’s comic strip series.  It offers a warm and tender depiction of the lives of three women in their thirties struggling with their futures, love lives, and more.  Director Minorikawa Osamu gained praise for the portrayals of characters in his previous film “It’s a Beautiful Life – IRODORI –.“  Su-chan (Shibasaki Kou).  Mai-chan (Maki Yoko), and Sawako-san (Terajima Shinobu) once worked part-time together.  Their friendship has remained unchanged for over ten years, but now they are in their thirties, they each harbor anxieties about their lives.  (2012 / colour / 106 min. / Japanese with English sub-titles)
Date: September 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: The Vernon Towne Cinema (2910 – 30th Ave., Vernon)
Details: (438KB)
Link to the trailer:
Vancouver Sake Fest 2016
The Sake Association of British Columbia presents the first annual Vancovuer sake festival. It is also the largest sake tasting event held in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Over 100 sakes of variety of styles representing sake makers across Japan will be presented at the event.
Date: September 29
Venue: The Imperial (319 Main Street, Vancouver)
Past Events
The 125th Anniversary of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver - Events Calendar