MANY THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

Another Successful Bazaar!
_MG_9203-1500Volunteers 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. _MG_9213-1500Their 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.
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Don’t Miss Tonari Gumi’s 10th Annual Christmas Concert on Nov. 29!

This year’s 10th Annual Tonari Gumi community Christmas Concert will be on Sunday, November 29th starting at 2:00 p.m. at X'mas concert 2015-03Letterthe St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church, 680 West 49th Ave, Vancouver (just west of the Langara & 49th Skytrain station on the Canada Line).

This is a community Christmas tradition for the whole family.

Doors open 2:00 p.m.; Concert begins at 2:30 p.m.; Reception with Refreshment & Prize Draw at 3:45 p.m.

Tickets: $20 adults, $12 youth (3-18)

To purchase tickets please visit Tonari Gumi at 101-42 W.8th Ave, Vancouver, B.C.

Tel: 604-687-2172

See you there!

Tonari Gumi’s 14th Annual Premium Sake Tasting Night & Silent Auction Another Success!

IMG_0673On 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 IMG_0778cooperation 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.

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