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CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERS!!

Volunteers are at the heart of everything that Tonari Gumi does.IMG_0030c Without their service, we would not be able to deliver the vast variety of different programs and services which benefit the lives of our seniors within the community. On Saturday, August 29th, more than 70 of our many volunteers gathered to be fed, entertained and honoured. Our dedicated volunteers serve in a vast array of different activities, ranging from the following: planning and preparing our thrice weekly healthy and delicious Japanese lunches; preparing for and teaching dozens of classes, workshops and exercise activities each week; planning, IMG_0032cpurchasing and preparing a weekly Japanese lunch for Japanese Canadian residents at the Royal Arch Seniors Residence; providing a welcome friendly visit for more than 20 seniors at various care facilities who are isolated due to language and cultural barriers; helping frail and dementia challenged seniors to participate in programs specifically designed for them; delivering a Japanese lunch to homebound seniors; assisting low-income seniors to prepare their income tax returns; accompanying seniors to medical and government appointments to assist in interpreting; and helping at our many fundraising activities, including the Powell Street Festival, our annual golf tournament, our bazaars, concerts and Tonari Gumi’s famous Premium Sake Tasting Night.

_MG_6954On Saturday’s Volunteer Appreciation Party, in addition to a delicious lunch catered by Izumi-ya, the talented Michael Ouchi regaled everyone with his unique and creative balloon art objects_MG_6963 and the “Za Daikon” theatre group entertained with songs and a rousing Japanese sword fight. Participants were also presented with a certificate of appreciation from Tonari Gumi. Special thanks also goes to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who were so kind as to provide their spacious church facilities for free_MG_7070 for this enjoyable and rewarding IMG_0045cevent.

Tonari Gumi Used Book Sale a Success–Still Some Books Available for Sale!!

On Thursday, Aug. 20th Tonari Gumi held its annual used Japanese Book and Rummage Sale.DSC_0128  It was a great success with many customers lining up at the door prior to its start.  With the departure of most of the Japanese book stores from the Lower Mainland, it has become very difficult for those seeking a variety of books written in Japanese.  As a service to the community, Tonari Gumi has been holding its used Japanese book sale for many years and it is a very popular event.

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This year, we were particularly successful in receiving donations of many nearly new books and we have decided to offer a number of them for sale on an on-going basis.  So if you have a craving to read a real Japanese book, not an electronic version of one,DSC_0125 you need to come to Tonari Gumi and check out our offerings!  Hard backs are $2.00 each and soft backs are $1.00 each with discounts for purchases of 5 books or more and if you are a TG member.

Come and check out our used books and our beautifully made hand-made crafts at our gift shop at 42 West 8th Ave. in Vancouver.  See you there! used books for sale

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