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The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is hosting the 11th annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival!

A Cultural Celebration of an Authentic Japanese Festival
September 1-3, 2023

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is hosting the 11th annual Nikkei Matsuri festival on September 1-3, 2023, to celebrate Japanese culture. We invite families and all ages in Metro Vancouver and beyond to a cultural celebration of an authentic Japanese festival. A pre-festival “Zenyasai Beer Garden” celebration will take place on September 1, with the main festivities happening on September 2 & 3.

This year, we are honoured to welcome Samurai Artists, Kamui, as our special guests from Japan, alongside a stellar lineup of popular programming. At the heart of our festival is the spirit of enjoyment and celebration of Japanese culture. Our festival will provide an opportunity to sample diverse culinary offerings of Japanese culture, blending traditional Japanese arts such as taiko drumming, odori dancing, live painting, and martial arts with pop-culture highlights like J-pop singing groups and food trucks. We are proud to present high artistic value in our programming, and support local artists and artisans. 

The Nikkei Matsuri Festival is bringing back the popular Nikkei Matsuri Talent Search presented by Vancouver Shinpo. This is a chance for local amateur musicians, dancers, and other performers to showcase their talents in a fun and entertaining event. Performers have the chance to share their talent with the world, gain valuable feedback from our panel of industry professionals, and the chance to win a cash prize! Whether it’s singing, dancing, comedy, or any other talent, we welcome all forms of creativity. Learn more here or register to participate here!

NEW THIS YEAR – Zenyasai Beer Garden party, a pre-festival celebration on September 1!

Enjoy cold beer, Japanese sake, and more at the SUNSET BEER GARDEN in the beautiful and elegant Nikkei Garden. Summertime house music, hi-tech soul vibe, and dancing with djs, featuring:

  • Rennie Foster spinning an extended sun down set
  • Lookin’ At You (Byegas B2B Carhej)
  • Debut live electronica performance by Move 78
  • Live mural painting by celebrated artist Taka Sudo

We invite everyone to come and celebrate with us, and experience the best of Japanese culture in the heart of Burnaby.

This festival is not possible without the support of sponsors, donors, volunteers, community partners and members. Your contribution helps bring the community together by making enjoyable and affordable programs possible. All proceeds benefit Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre‘s cultural and community programs, educational outreach, and museum.