In 2022 the festival takes place on the weekend of September 3rd and 4th.
In this article you’ll find the following information about Nikkei Matsuri:
Nikkei Matsuri Japanese Festival
“Matsuri” in Japanese means “festival” and the Nikkei Matsuri is indeed a traditional-style Japanese festival. In 2020 the festival took place on the Fridays and Saturdays of August 7th & 8th and 21st & 22nd, as well as on September 4th & 5th. However, the event format had to be revised because of COVID-19.
The event took place in 2021 on the weekend of September 4th & 5th. It was smaller than usual. This year, all things going according to plan, the festival is happening in its regular, larger format on the Saturday and Sunday of September 3rd and 4th.
In normal years at the event there are tea ceremonies, numerous performances, a marketplace, food vendors and a variety of family-friendly activities. In years with good weather, as many as 14,000 people attend over the course of the weekend.
When is the Nikkei Matsuri?
The Nikkei Matsuri normally takes place on the last Saturday and Sunday of the summer, just before kids return to school, so on the Labour Day weekend.
Different from usual, in 2020, in addition to taking place on the September holiday weekend, it also happened on the Fridays and Saturday of August 7th & 8th and 21st & 22nd. On all three weekends, however, it was a smaller event than in previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2022 the festival is scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday of September 3rd and 4th. The festival runs from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm on both days.
Where is the Nikkei Matsuri?
Parking & Transportation
Limited parking is available at the Nikkei Centre’s underground parkade for about $10 per day. Free parking in nearby neighbourhoods may also be available. Guests can also take public transit as the location is easily accessible.
In 2022 admission to the festival is free for children under 18 years old and for seniors over the age of 64. However, paid tickets are required for adults between the ages of 18 and 64. Tickets cost $8 when purchased online in advance, or $10 at the door of the festival. All tickets grant access to both days of the festival.
Nikkei Matsuri Activities
In 2022 the Nikkei Matsuri is a Japanese community festival featuring a wide range of activities including live performances and a Game Zone, as well as a small marketplace, Food Truck Plaza, a Japanese used book sale and opportunities to try on a yukata (which is a type of summer kimono).
Entertainment at the Nikkei Matsuri on the Labour Day weekend includes performances by various local singing and dance groups, Taiko drummers and other performers. Some performances are usually indoors and some are outside in the garden.
Matsuri Game Zone
Popular with children at the Nikkei Matsuri is the Game Zone, which includes a variety of simple midway-type games where you buy tokens to play and have the chance to win prizes. Game Zone activities in 2022 include ring toss, balloon darts, bean bag toss and other games that young kids enjoy.
2022 Festival Performers
Highlights of the 2022 Nikkei Matsuri include the following activities and performances (with exact details subject to change):
On the Saturday (September 3, 2022)
- 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies
- 12:30 pm – Rakuichi
- 1:00 pm – Vancouver Shomonkai Aikido
- 1:30 pm – Ishikawa Family Judo Club
- 2:00 pm – Southern Wave Okinawan Music & Dance Society
- 2:30 pm – Otowa-Ryu Japanese Dance
- 3:00 pm – Bon Odori With Satsuki-Kai & Chibi-Taiko
- 4:30 pm – Chibi Taiko
- 5:00 pm – Iaido – Seishin Kan
- 5:30 pm – Shorinji Kenpo
- 6:00 pm – Shootingstar Idols
On the Sunday (September 4, 2022)
- 12:00 pm – Rakuichi
- 1:00 pm – Satsuki-Kai Japanese Dance
- 1:45 pm – Shito-Ryuseiko-Kai Karate Canada
- 2:00 pm – Pico & Chihiro Music Duo
- 2:15 pm – Renbu Dojo Kendo
- 2:45 pm – Shion Skye Carter
- 3:00 pm – Bon Odori With Satsuki-Kai & Bushido
- 4:30 pm – Bushido
- 5:00 pm – Kotonone Kai
- 5:30 pm – Vancouver Okinawa Taiko
To learn about all the activities and performances click Nikkei Matsuri 2022 Event Guide.
For more information on the festival see the Nikkei Matsuri website and for details on the venue and organization behind the event see our article about the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Sakura Days Japan Fair – a Japanese festival celebrating cherry blossom season at VanDusen Botanical Garden in April.
- Powell Street Festival – a Japanese-themed event in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side over the BC Day August Long Weekend
- Vancouver History & Culture – a list of some of the region’s most interesting cultural events and places of interest.
- Vancouver’s ExplorASIAN Festival – a series of events celebration Asian culture in May.