Tonari Gumi’s Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 7th!

DSCF3629If 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.DSC_0268

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.

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Ping Pong is back at Tonari Gumi!

Starting in September of this year, Tonari Gumi’s Table Tennis Club began once again.  With a small group of ardent players, the sounds of balls being batted back and forth and cries of victory and defeat can be heard again at Tonari Gumi.  Besides being great exercise, it’s also a great way to meet new friends.  We need more players, however, and if you’re interested please register at Tonari Gumi.  Drop-in’s are welcome and you can join at anytime.

See you there!

Tonari Gumi Raising Awareness on Elder Abuse

On September 23 and October 1, 2015 Tonari Gumi held its first seminars on elder abuse in order to raise greater awareness of what constitutes elder abuse and what we can do to stop its destructive effects.

The September 23rd seminar took place at Tonari Gumi and nearly 30 interested seniors and care givers were in attendance.  The seminar was led by Todd Katsuyama, Tonari Gumi’s Team Leader on Elder Abuse.  The main part of the presentation was given by Ms Grace Balbutin of the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support.  Her presentation was translated by Mariko Takashina, Tonari Gumi’s Community Service Coordinator.IMG_0035_Edit  Grace helped to define what constituted elder abuse and made everyone aware of the wide range of ways in which seniors could experience and feel abuse or neglect.  Grace also introduced the range of different programs and services available through the BCCEAS and the Seniors Abuse & Information hotline.

The second seminar took place on Oct. 1, 2015 in the Iwasaki Room and the New Sakura-So Residence in Burnaby.  IMG_0064_2EditHosted together with the Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society, some 20 seniors and their care givers participated.  Again, Grace Balbutin, of the BCCEAS, made her presentation, translated into Japanese by Mariko Takashina.

Following both seminars at Tonari Gumi and the new Sakura-So, there was a lively question & answer session where the participants raised questions regarding various possible examples of elder abuse. IMG_0065_Edit Participants were very much engaged regarding this issue and it is clear that various forms of abuse and neglect are not unknown within our community.  Tonari Gumi is planning additional seminars to be held in Richmond and at the Vancouver Japanese Language School.  Interested individuals would register for these sessions by calling Tonari Gumi at 604-687-2172.

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