The 7th Nikkei Matsuri took place during Labor Day Long Weekend on August 31 and September 1 at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby. Consul General Takashi Hatori and Burnaby City Mayor Mike Hurley attended the opening ceremony as guests and offered welcoming remarks. The ceremony was brightened by the appearance of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado who was on her visit to Canada celebrating the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada.
A Bon-Odori folk dance, Wadaiko drumming, various musical and dance performances, together with a martial arts demonstration and an array of alluring Japanese food stalls and craft booths made for two vibrant late-summer days.
The opening ceremony
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado at the opening ceremony