Tonari Gumi 10th Annual Christmas Concert Well over $20,000 was raised just at this event at the St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church as performers throughout our community volunteered their time to come together to sing at our annual benefit concert. The majority of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new van that will be used to serve the needs of our community. Special thanks to our performers: the Vancouver Japanese Language School Choir, the Ensemble Bouquet, Ayako Komaki and her accompanist Munekazu Shiya, and the Tonari Gumi Singers conducted by Kumiko Naito and accompanied by Hiroko Sheppard. One volunteer did all of the great creative design work for our concert programs, tickets, donation forms and posters; as well as authoring our concert promotion articles in Oops, Fraser and the Bulletin, an extra special thanks to Miki Hayakaze. And of course all of the other volunteers and Tonari Gumi staff who looked after our parking, reception, refreshments, gift draw and clean-up, thank you for your time and efforts as well! And lastly, this hugely successful day would not have been possible at all, were it not for the committed efforts of our Christmas Concert Organizing Committee: Midori Seo, Chris Nakahori, Sanae Moteki, Yasuko Yamazaki and Mariko Fukushima. So Many Thanks to You All! This event is a shining example of the Tonari Gumi Heart of: COMMUNITY Spirit, COMMUNITY Caring and COMMUNITY Support; and the Body that holds this Heart are the many VOLUNTEERS who donate their time to help with our programs, services and special events like our Christmas Concert. Merry Christmas and the Best of the Holiday Season to Everyone!
On Saturday, October 10, 2015, some 300 sake aficionados gathered in the beautiful grand ballroom of the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel at 1180 West Hastings to enjoy another evening of sake, plum wines, delicious appetizers and an amazing silent auction. Hosted by the charming Margaret Gallagher from CBC Radio, the event enveloped its participants into a work of Japanese sake, from the soothing sounds of the koto played by kimono clad musicians during the exclusive VIP tasting period to the jarring beat of the taiko drums as the main event began, this was an event to be remembered. Thanks to the cooperation of the Sake Association of BC and the 13 different sake distributors and sake producers who presented their wares at this event, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about and taste nearly 60 different sakes and plum wines. In addition, award winning restaurants and food suppliers such as Azuma Foods, Forage, Hapa Izakaya, Minami and Octopus Gardens provided an array of tasty appetizers to accompany the many sake offerings. We wish to thank the Sake Association of BC, the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Deputy Consul General of Japan Mr. Akira Uchida, Ms. Margaret Gallagher, Ms. Yuriko Nariya & Ms. Komoda, the senior members of Chibi Taiko, Tetsuomi and our many sponsors, donors and volunteers for everything they have done to make this event a success.
Our 14th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night is fast approaching and we wanted to announce to you all the sake brewers and distributors who will be in attendance this year. They range from local microbreweries to some major sake distributors from Japan and North America. In addition to the 40 plus offerings of premium sakes this year, there will be different types of umeshu, yuzu liquors and fruit infused sakes up for tasting. Please check out their websites below for more details on their products and if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, do so now, HERE. Join us for this great event! Artisan Sake Maker D way Beverages Inc. PureSake4U Ltd. Axis Planning Inc. Fujiyama Imports Select Wine & Spirits Ltd Blue Note Wine & Spirits Inc. Jizake Japan That’s Life Gourmet Ltd. Bruce Ashley Group Nabeyoshi Ltd. YK3 Sake Producer Inc. CMC Sake + Wine Merchants