Family Day Festival

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Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 | 10am-4pm

📚Japanese Book Sale | 古本市📚


Browse and discover thousands of Japanese books, manga, CDs and DVDs! The widest selection of used Japanese books in Metro Vancouver! There will be a small section of English books too! Come and enjoy browsing through an ample selection of books. Come and browse through tables of treasures! Please bring your own bags.

🎮Games | ゲームコーナー🎮


Have you ever experienced virtual reality? Well, now's your chance! Make sure to stop by the second floor landing, where Telus will be presenting virtual reality games for all ages to try out!! Come try your hand at other family-friendly games, too, and win some prizes!

🗾Japanese Culture Corner | ニッポン庵🗾



Learn to play with a traditional Japanese toy, Kendama, colour and craft a fan (Uchiwa), or try making some beautiful flowers with Origami papers during the Family Festival! Fun for all ages.

🎨 Sand Art Workshop | サンドアートワークショップ 🎨


Create your unique sand art creation with various decoration pieces that you like! During the workshop, you will be given a glass cup, which you will then fill up with colourful sand! Fun for all ages.
Saturday, February 15
Sunday, February 16

$20 and up + depending on the decoration pieces that you use


Register today to secure your spots and pay on site!

Join us for this child-friendly craft workshop at the Book Sale!

🌎Kamishibai | 紙芝居🌎


Be inspired! Enjoy a Kamishibai, Japanese theatre-style storytelling, by team Earth Ojisan and learn how to be eco and earth-friendly. Feel free to come in anytime to try some hands-on activities during the open hours! The team Earth Ojisan will teach children at a young age (and adults!) to be environmentally aware, so that you can build lifelong habits that could potentially make a dramatic difference in the future of the earth. 


Saturday, February 15 and Sunday
2pm-4pm | Kamishibai at 2:30pm & 3:30pm

These fun activities and resources are brought to you by team Earth Ojisan, inspired and adapted by the Japanese picture book, Earth Ojisan.

🎩Magic Show | 手品🎩


Don't forget to witness the incredible magic acts of local magician, Magic Joji! This special guest performance will only be held ONCE, Saturday at 1pm, so don't miss it!!


🍫Chocolate Making Workshop | チョコレート作り🍫



Popular local chocolatier Coconama will be sharing the art of chocolate-making in an exciting workshop ideal for all lovers of chocolate! This is your opportunity to gain a hands-on introduction to the chocolate-making experience. Coconama will guide participants through a step-by-step process, where you'll start with nothing but cacao beans and finish with your very own edible creation! This is a unique chance to learn how chocolate is made, and eat chocolate crafted by your own hands.


- A brief story about cacao beans
- Chocolate making from cacao beans
- Tasting chocolate from different countries 

Date&Time: Saturday, February 15 | 2pm-4pm
Fee: $30 for one person, $50 for a pair and $60 for a group/family of 3 *special rates only for the family day weekend's event! 
Suitable for 6 and up

🍵Tea Class Free Demo | 茶道クラスデモンストレーション🍵


Join us for a free Valentine's-themed demonstration of our new Japanese cultural program for kids, tea ceremony. Tea ceremony combines many aspects of Japanese culture into a single experience: from etiquette to art appreciation, attention to seasons, traditional sweets, and of course matcha tea. In this class, beginning in April, kids ages 6-8 will learn the basics of the "chado" philosophy, or the "way of tea". Parents are encouraged to observe the class, and may enjoy matcha while observing for a small additional fee. The demonstration is free for all kids and their families!

Sunday, February 16 | 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

🎬Movie | 映画🎬


Modest Heroes | 小さな英雄 -カニとタマゴと透明人間-

PG | Animation, Adventure, Family | August 2018 (Japan)
Studio Ponoc, the new animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, made an immediate splash with their acclaimed debut film Mary and The Witch’s Flower, a 2017 Animation is Film selection. The studio returns to the festival this year with Modest Heroes, an ambitious collection of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.

Sunday, February 16

Click here for more screening information!


The Province of British Columbia has provided Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre a grant in support of our free, community Family Day event.

To learn more click HERE.