Another Successful Bazaar! Volunteers are the heart and soul of Tonari Gumi, and their dedication to our organization is probably not any more evident than their efforts that go into our annual bazaar. The many hours preparing all of the delicious food; organizing and set-up of the event; the sales of food, gifts and kimonos; manning the doors and clean-up are all done by our volunteers who contribute their personal time knowing that this fundraising event will help support the service needs of our community. Of these many volunteers, we would like to recognize and thank the following people who have been giving to our organization and community for many years: Mr. Harry Kishi probably most noted for his delicious saba-zushi; Mrs. Yoshie Omura and her team for making our renowned manju; Yukio Moizumi for his sushi making expertise and Mrs. Shizuko Mikurube who makes the best chirashi-zushi you will ever try. Their help, knowledge and experience have contributed greatly to a lot of the traditional food made for and sold at the bazaar this, and every year. A special thank you to Canfisco and Ocean Brands Seafood Co. for their donations as the seafood delicacies we prepare for the bazaar and our meal program would not be possible without their ongoing support. And of course, thank you to everyone who attended this year and we look forward to seeing you at Tonari Gumi for a visit, program or one of our fundraising events in 2016. On behalf of our members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, have a safe and happy holiday season.
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.
If you crave authentic Japanese food (especially those items you are not likely to find at Japanese restaurants) – like a wide variety of different kinds of tsukemono (such as fukujinzuke and takuan), mochi manju and yaki manju, sakara mochi, hako-zushi, matsutake tsukudani, various baked goods, etc. or want to find used Japanese decorator items or used kimono’s, Tonari Gumi’s Annual Fall Bazaar is the event for you. We usually have people lined up around the block waiting to come in to make their annual purchases. Date: Saturday, November 7th Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Place: Tonari Gumi at 42 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver Don’t miss out on this amazing event. See you there! P.S. If you have old kimono or Japanese items collecting dust at home, why not donate these items to Tonari Gumi? We can find good homes for these items while earning much needed funds for our programs and services to help the isolated and vulnerable in our community. Call us at (604) 687-2172 ext. 101.