Family Day at Nikkei Centre

Join us for Family Day at Nikkei Centre

Saturday, February 18, 2023


Free admission

We invite you to a family friendly event where you can listen to Japanese storytelling, take photos with girl's and boy's day displays, experience Japanese toys and crafts, and watch a anime. You may even win a prize.

The Province of British Columbia has provided NNMCC a grant in support of our free, community Family Day event.



2月18日 土曜日






Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

In Japanese with English subtitles. Duration: 1h 37m.

Two screenings at 11am & 2pm | 1F Event Hall

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is about an unconventional family and the bonds that they share in their sleepy seaside town. Brash single mother Nikuko is well-known for her bold spirit, much to the embarrassment of Kikuko, her pensive yet imaginative daughter. In contrast to her mother, Kikuko wants nothing more than to fit in as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Life in the harbor is peaceful until a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair's tender relationship.

Popcorn and drinks for sale in the lobby!

Sponsored by HOWARD & Co.

Sponsor at Family Day








アニメ・スポンサー HOWARD & Co.

Sponsor at Family Day


Japanese Cultural Displays

1F Lobby

Japanese dolls for both girls’ and boys’ day will be on display – a perfect spot to snap a family photo.

Hina-ningyo, small dolls in court-style dress are displayed in homes for a few weeks leading up to celebrate Hinamatsuri (doll’s festival) on March 3. It is an occasion to wish for young girls’ growth and happiness. The emperor and empress dolls dressed in ancient costume are placed on the highest tier of a five- or seven-tiered stand covered with red carpet. Under them come two ministers, three court ladies, five court musicians and other decorations. Peach blossoms, round rice crackers, colourful diamond-shaped rice cakes are often enjoyed on the occasion.

Koinobori (carp streamers) and Kabuto (warrior armour) May 5 is kodomo-no-hi (Children’s Day). Originally called Tango-no-sekku (Boy’s Festival) and was for celebrating boy’s growing up, but now it has become a day to celebrate children in general. Families with boys set out dolls of warriors and heroes, and fly carp streamers. Carp have the strength to swim up waterfalls and are a symbol of success in life. Chimaki (rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and Kashiwa-mochi (rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves) are traditionally enjoyed.

雛人形・鯉のぼり 展示




Japanese Food Vendors

  • Hatchan Takoyaki
  • Japanese Crepe Sasuke
  • Wakwak Burger
  • Koyuki - karaage
  • Kanadell Japanese Bakery
  • Tokushiba Farmers - organic Japanese tea




Japanese Toys and Crafts

1F Intergenerational Room

Drop in to play with traditional Japanese wooden toys such as kendama, enjoy some colouring, and other Japanese crafts.

Japanese Story Time

2 sessions from 10:30am and 1:30pm

Suitable for children who understand Japanese. We will read a picture book about making the earth a better place called “Shopping is the Voting” in Japanese, and another Japanese story.  



2回 10:30am と1:30pmより

「買いものは投票なんだ EARTHおじさんが教えてくれたこと」

絵:ほう 文:藤原ひろのぶ



Last Day of the Manga Sale


All manga sold for $2 each, with deeper discounts for manga sets.



マンガセール 最終日




Soba Making Workshop

Experience making soba (buckwheat noodles) noodles from scratch following the guidance of a professional soba chef Kayo Ukai Bennet.

Soba noodles are easily recognizable by its grey colour and can be enjoyed both hot or cold. It is often served chilled alongside dipping sauce but can also be served in a soup broth.

Kayo was born into a restaurant with a history of over 130 years in Ueno, Tokyo. Since moving to Vancouver Kayo has been sharing the skill of hand-made soba while studying under a Kaiseki chef.





Manjū Making Workshop

Learn how to make yaki-manjū (baked bean cakes) from the NNMCC Auxiliary chefs.

Manjū is a popular traditional Japanese confection. There are many varieties of manjū, but most have an outer layer made from a base of wheat flour or rice flour, and a filling of anko (red or white bean paste). Anko is made from boiled adzuki beans (red bean paste) or white lima beans, and sugar.

Registration is now available on Eventbrite.