February News [2020]

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Tonari Gumi Member’s Christmas Party

The TG annual Christmas Party was held on Dec. 13, 2019. We appreciate that over 80 members took the time to attend the party.

Homemade foods brought by the guests were set on the table as well as freshly cooked Japanese dishes made by volunteers. After that, the Winds choir set the mood for the party. They perform great songs every year. Also, the Pacific North Trio joined the performance as a special guest.  Finally, the closing performance of hand bells by everyone greatly set the mood for the Christmas season. We appreciate you for joining Tonari Gumi’s Christmas Party, our final event of 2019.

Thanks to the support of many volunteers, our Christmas Party was a huge success!




美味しい食事とデザートの後に、パーティーをさらに盛り上げたのは、毎年ステキな音楽を披露してくれているThe Winds Choirによるパフォーマンスでした。スペシャルゲストにPacific North Trioのみなさんも演奏に参加していただき、最後のハンドベルによる演奏は、クリスマスムードをぐっと盛り上げました。



Tonari Gumi Reaching Out Program

In 2019, Tonari Gumi Reaching Out Program began in various parts of the Lower Mainland.

We visit Royal Arch Masonic Home, a seniors’ care facility in Vancouver, once a week to enjoy activities like conversations, exercise, and singing with their Japanese-speaking residents. It makes TG staff and volunteers happy that we started seeing participants’ beautiful smiles especially during chat time.

TG collaborated with a local group in Surrey called “Minna no tsudoi,” to bring crafts using everyday materials and educational seminars on health and various Canadian systems.

At the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Steveston, the “Genki Wellness Program” has started for the local Nikkei community. This weekly program incorporates conversations that tap into participants’ memories, stretching, cooking, and brain training. Chat times are always very lively and it seems that we never have enough time.

We’ve also introduced TG’s Senior Life Seminar series in Coquitlam. The theme for Winter 2020 is “Healthy longevity,” and talks on brain health/dementia prevention by the Alzheimer Society and falls prevention by Fraser Health are scheduled.


2019年より「隣組出張プログラムReaching Out Program」が開始しました。





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