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4月号    April 2019
 Cherry Blossom Season 花見!
April is the month of cherry blossoms, where we do hanami (花見), or getting together with friends and family to appreciate the beautiful and ethereal sakura さくら cherry blossoms, which represent beauty and impermanence.   
 Our renewable energy commitment:   solar energy  太陽エネルギー and Heritage!

Climate change is top of mind with global warming and extreme weather.  Former Consul General Okai spoke about the UN’s global mandate on climate change last year before starting her job at the UN:

“The way we’ve been living is not sustainable anymore. We need to change and transform the way we live.   That’s why two years ago, the world agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a set agenda for 2030 which states that the world will endeavour to transform to make it sustainable to live in."  How our Heritage Building integrates solar energy. . . (see Feb. 2019 solar energy graph)   

春の三輪車乗り! Spring bicycle ride!
Children's World Childcare Division

お礼 Thank you!
  • 3月8日(金)の行われましたオープンハウスには沢山のご家族がご来園くださいました。本当にありがとうございました。4月中旬までには各ご家庭に必ずご連絡致します。
  • 3月18日から22日のスプリングキャンプが満席となりました。沢山のお申込みありがとうございました
  • 2019-2020年の入園申し込み受付がすでに始まっています。お早めにお申込みください!
  • We were really appreciate that so many families came to our Open House on Mar. 8th.  We will contact each one of the family by the middle Apr.
  • The spring camp is full.  Thank you very much for your interests.
  • We are accepting registration for 2019-2020 classes.  Please submit forms ASAP!
Contact:  Mitsuru Haga-Bronstyn  芳賀まで 604-254-2551

Japanese Language School Division 

VJLS読み方発表会 Reading Recital
The students' reading voice echoed in the hall.  
The audiences applause was the encouragement to the students who worked hard as well as to the teachers who taught in the classroom. I am looking forward to the "Learning Presentation" on May 25th.
オープンハウスのお知らせ Open House
April 13th (Sat) We will have an open house for prospective students and their parents who are interested in entering our elementary program and fundamental program in September 2019. We will observe Grade 1 class or Fundamental A class at 10:00AM followed by information session at 11:00AM. Please contact us if you are interested in observing other classes.

お問い合わせ/ for more info, contact 604-254-2551.  Principal Naito -
'Never too late to learn Japanese'  大人になってからの日本語学習By Steve Frost (far left) & Hanako Amaya 

Sensei holds up a picture of a big apple. In unison the class calls back, oo-ki, oo-ki-katta, the Japanese words for big in present and past tense. The teacher holds up a picture of a small apple, chii-sai, chii-sa-katta, responds the class in unison.  The surprising thing about this scene?  It's not a class of 6 year olds, it's a class of adults . . . (read article)

Adult Classes Spring Session start (10 weeks)
Apr 9 - Jun 11, Tues 7-9 pm (beg-advanced).  Contact: 
Community welcome for George & Brad Takei! ! !
A BIG arigatou ありがとう to George and Brad Takei for visiting us (Mon. Mar 11) and learning Japanese Canadian history (read Georgia Strait article)!  George (82) is a trailblazer Asian actor in Hollywood who was Sulu in the original Star Trek series.  Having been interned in California during WWII, he's a tireless advocate of educating Japanese American history.   So touched to meet our daycare & Seniors!  We gifted him Japanese calligraphy of his name:  武井ジョージ穂郷 Takei Jouji Hosato).  See pics album!     
Japanese Hall History Talk - by Laura Saimoto
Vancouver Heritage Foundation Lecture Series
Tues. April 9, 7:30 - 9 pm, University of Women's Club, Hycroft

Last chance to buy tickets!
Learn about our 113 year history as a lens for telling the story of the Japanese Canadian Internment, of forced dispossession and community resilience.  Tickets $16/ $10 (students). 

"Japanese Hall - the Power of Community" article - BC History Magazine Spring Issue now on sale!  
Read about our history and other interesting stories BC history stories!   Hard copies for $5 in office.  Impress mom with a gift of history for Mother's Day!
Every Sun throughout May!  May 5, 12, 19, 26
11 am / 
1:30 pm -  Invite mom for Mother's Day!
Join us on this unique historic walking tour that combines the Japanese, Chinese, Jewish, African Canadian (Hogan's Alley) communities telling the story of education in these early ethnic immigrant communities in the 'East-end'.  Starts at Strathcona Elementary, ends at Japanese Hall.  Experts from each community will lead their section.  Support this fundraiser for Strathcona School.   Tckets ($15).   Community Relations: 
Golf for Good Charity Golf Tournament
Tues. Jun 11, University Golf Club - call for Silent Auction donations!   
In our 13th year, our tournament is our largest capital fundraising event of the year.  By partnering with sister charities, we are able put on a full tournament, and give each charity a forum to self-fundraise.   This is a call for creative silent auction donations!   We ask for your support.   Golf Committee:   Denny Enjo or Laura Saimoto -
Beneficiary Charities and partners:   VJLS-JH; Atira Women's Resource Society; Covenant House; Association of Women in Finance; Vancouver Police Foundation
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