UT News Aug 2017

Wed, 2017-08-09

After our 15th Anniversary Concert in early May we barely had time to catch our breath and regroup for a busy summer season. We were contracted to provide a workshop for 10 students from St Michael's University School in May so two of us enjoyed spending the morning with some energetic teenagers. Also in May was the Asian Heritage Cultural Show on the day of the World Partnership Walk at U Vic. Thanks to the VNCS for helping to sponsor our performance.

In June we played at the Pentecost service at St. Aidan's United Church. Also in June we traveled to Campbell River for their Japanese Cultural Fairput on by the Campbell River Twinning Society to celebrate their sister city relationship with Ishikari. We always enjoy driving up to the Spirit Square which is decorated with a large Torii and giant Koinibori flying over the entrance. Several exchange students from Ishikari and Campbell River students who have been to Ishikari were helping out with the day's activities which included: martial arts, Nanchu Soran Bushi dance, storytelling, Shakuhachi performance, fashion show and bonsai demonstration, as well as a delicious salmon barbecue. This year for the first time Uminari members taught and led the audience in Tanko Bushi all around Spirit Square.

Back in Victoria, we kicked off the Canada 150 Celebrations with a performance at the Harbour Stage at Ship Point on June 27. 

Then we were on the road again to celebrate Canada Day at Simms Park in Courtenay. We had an adventure trying to get to the stage as the only road leading to the park was closed for a parade, but eventually we were allowed in and set up quickly only to wait while a First Nations drum group opened the days event with several songs of blessing.

Last but not least on July 8 we played for another Canada 150 Celebration event in Victoria, the Cook Street Village Community BBQ.