Monday, 23 June 2014

       Events for June & July               6月と7月のイベント

Lots to do this summer!! Please join MYK for some of our upcoming events! この夏は、た・く・さん楽しめることがあるので、Zehi木曜会のイベントにご参加下さい!


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Join us for Donwakai this Thursday! 今週の木曜日は呑話会!

Join us for Donwakai this Thursday, June 19th! 今週の木曜日(19日)は呑話会!

**New Location!! Yaletown Brewing Company - 1111 Mainland Street**
**新しい場所!!イエールタウン ブリューイング カンパニー - 1111 Mainland Street**

The Donwakai is Mokuyokai's monthly pub night of networking, laughter and fun that brings together those who have a shared interest in Japan-Canada relations.
毎月第3木曜日に開いている集まりで、グラスを片手におしゃべりを楽しみたい人が誰でも自由に参加できます。事前申し込みは必要ありません。(注)前菜は 用意されていますが、自分でオーダーした食べ物・飲み物は各自で精算して下さい。政府発行の身分証明書が必要です(カナダの運転免許、BCID、又はパス ポート) 。
At the Donwakai, you will meet approximately 100 people who have a strong connection to Japan: teachers, travellers, students, business people and others from Canada, Japan and elsewhere. You don't have to speak Japanese to attend this event, but you should have a strong interest in or connection to Japan. Most of our participants have lived or travelled in Japan at some point in their lives. We also have Japanese-only table and one English-only table if you want to practice your language skills (the rest of the tables are whatever the participants are speaking).

So if you want to network, share experiences about Japan, learn more about Mokuyokai or just meet like minded people, then don't miss this event!

The atmosphere is casual and feel free to invite a friend. The Donwakai is on the left side when you enter the Yaletown Brewing Co – come in through the main entrance on Mainland Street. In order to keep the Donwakai going strong, participants are required to order something off the menu (minimum of $5 before taxes and gratuities) but we'll still provide some appetizers.

Good news for beer lovers - Yaletown Brewing has lowered prices on all fresh beer by ONE DOLLAR for the Summer season. In addition, they offer a "Brewer's Selection" Monday-Thursday which is a beer for $6.00 (tax-in) selected by the Brewmaster to be on special. As well, on Thursdays they also offer an exclusive Cask beer for guests which is a variety not on our menu, is traditionally brewed, and once it's out, it's out.

Don't forget your ID!  身分証明書を忘れないで!

**A 15% gratuity will be automatically charged on orders so don't worry about tipping!**


When:                  Thursday, June 19th (5:30-8:30)
Where:                 Yaletown Brewing Co (in the Pub - left side)
                             1111 Mainland St, Vancouver (corner of Helmcken & Mainland)
Location:              2 minute walk from Yaletown-Roundhouse Station (Canada
                              Line); OR 15 min from Granville Station
Entrance Cost:    Non-Members: $5; Mokuyokai Members: Free
RSVP:                   Not required; just show up
ID:                         Required. This is a licensed establishment. If you are a Japanese
                              citizen, please bring your passport or BCID.


日時:                      6月19日(木)5時半~8時半
場所:         ***新しい場所***
                  Yaletown Brewing Co (パブの左側)
                             1111 Mainland St, Vancouver (HelmckenとMainlandの角)
場所:        Yaletown駅から徒歩2分、
参加費:                 会員無料; 非会員5ドル
身分証明書:    必要(カナダの運転免許、BCID、又はパス ポート)


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Mokuyokai World Cup event - Japan vs. Côte d'Ivoire

Too bad that Japan lost to Côte d'Ivoire yesterday! But Mokuyokai still had a good time at Kamei Baru. Next game versus Greece on Thursday~~

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sunday was a beautiful day to hike the Chief - thanks everyone for great day! 日曜日はハイキング日和でした!!皆さま積極的にチーフのハイクに参加してくれてありがとう~!

  Check out more photos here / 他の写真はこちら:

Saturday, 18 January 2014

January Mokuyokai Monthly 1月の木曜会月報

Are you interested in participating in Mokuyokai's events? Here's what we're doing in January and February. Have a look and remember that you don't have to be a Mokuyokai member to participate!

Click here: January Mokuyokai Monthly

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, translated by J. Rubin and J. Philip Gabriel - Review

by David Wallace

Inadvertently, I had a moment of enlightenment, or more accurately, terror. Every person of a certain age probably has these moments when you are telling a friend of some incident or experience, only to realize that it took place before they were born. But that is not really the point. My friend was not so young, not yet middle aged, but getting there. Where am I in the universe? The following book is set in a time which no longer exists, in fact, as it is presented in the book, the time never did exist.

George Orwell wrote the futuristic, for the time, novel 1984. Haruki Murakami has written the fantastical novel, 1Q84, a clear reference to Orwell’s book. 1984 was a pivotal year. In retrospect, it was the end of an era, and the beginning of or another. 1Q84, (the Q stands for ? mark), is also a snapshot in time, although the story can be read on several levels.

It is a story, both simple and complex. Boy and girl meet at 10 years old, remember each other but don’t meet. They finally get together at the end of the story. He becomes a cram (Juku) school instructor and she becomes a fitness trainer. Pretty ordinary stuff, except he is an aspiring writer and she is a serial killer. It gets weirder. The world of 1Q84 changes in subtle ways. There are little people, two moons in the night sky and two fanatical religious groups, both based on existing groups. One group seems to have been formed by former rioters at Tokyo University. If you had lived in Tokyo during the late sixties you would remember the Tokyo University Yasuda Kodo Jiken, in 1969. It was only one of many riots at the time.

1Q84 is a snapshot in time. Anyone who has lived in Tokyo during the 1970s, and then later in the 1980s will recognize the setting in the novel right away. People phone each other from small red telephones which take 10 yen coins. When was the last time you saw a red telephone in Tokyo (or anywhere else in Japan)? There was no email. The characters use the regular mail. The web does not exist. People do research in libraries. Cell phones are yet to be seen. 

I used my first cell phone (big and clunky) in Canada during Expo 86 in Vancouver. The previous year at Expo 85 in Tsukuba, the Canadian Pavilion could not get a telex line into the Expo site. So we got a new and mysterious machine which used regular telephone lines. It was called a FAX. I had seen a large precursor to the fax during the early 70s. It was used to transmit newspaper pages over wires. Desktop computers were available in Japan and Canada in 1984 – we had them in 1985 at Tsukuba. But the characters in 1Q84 don’t use computers. The main character buys a word processor, although he still likes to write by hand. The other characters occasionally mention large computers, which must have been main frames. One anomaly is that no one ever seems to send domestic telegrams. I remember the putt-putt of the motorcycle delivering a telegram to the door.

The novel is also a quick survey of European literature. Japanese classics also play a role. One other central character, without whom there would be no story, is a, possibly dyslectic, seventeen year old girl, who has a fantastical story (you will have to read the book). At one point during questions at a press conference, she is asked about a favourite piece of literature, and she recites from memory a passage from the Heike Monogatari, the Battle of Dan no Ura. It helps to have a bit of background in classical Japanese literature. I reached for my English Translation copy of the Heike Monogatari, actually two volumes, and found the passage. (I still use books rather than the internet). I am not sure which English translation the translator used, but it was different from the one in my book, although the story was the same.

1Q84 is a good read. There are a few loose ends. Some people disappear and we don’t really know why. The main character never does resolve his quest to know who his biological father really is, even though it is hinted both ways. His father isn’t his father and perhaps he really is.

Tokyo is still the same, Tokyo is fundamentally different. Read the book, find out for yourself and imagine a world where there are two moons and occasional little people.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Photos from Mokuyokai's 30th anniversary celebration

Have a look at some photos taken at our 30th anniversary celebration at the Marriott Pinnacle on November 1st. Thank you both organizers and attendees for a great evening!
 Mokuyokai 30th anniversary photos

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Vancouver Mokuyokai Society Celebrates 30th Anniversary   
Original article published by the Vancouver Shinpo Japanese Newspaper here:
Friday, 16 November 2012
Trust developed so far, vision for the next generation
The Vancouver Mokuyokai Society began life in the early 1980s with a small group of Canadians who had returned to Canada after working in Japan. Since then, Mokuyokai has continued with a variety of activities with the aim of improving understanding of the cultural and economic relationship between Japan and Canada. On November 1, the 30th anniversary dinner was held at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, attended by 64 people from its inception to its current members. Build trust and honor until now, the prospects for the next generation, I celebrated the 30th anniversary.
バンクーバー木曜会2012年度理事の皆さん(撮影:Benjamin Leung)(後列左から3番目が現会長のマイケル・マーランド氏)
Vancouver Mokuyokai Society 2012 Board of Directors (Photo: Benjamin Leung)
President Michael Marland (back row, third from left)

Originated with Thursday Brown Bag Lunches
Mokuyokai was formed around several people who had returned from Canada after working in Japan and would gather every Thursday for a brown bag lunch. The Vancouver Mokuyokai Society was formally registered in 1982 with the goal of sharing information between like-minded people, cultural exchange between Japan and Canada, and improving the business relationship between the two countries. David Graham was elected the first president, David Wallace the Vice-President, Bill McMichael Secretary, and Ian Harrop as Treasurer.

Activities to cultivate the friendship between Japan and Canada
Upon establishment of a Board of Directors, Mokuyokai subsequently engaged in a variety of activities to cultivate the friendship between Japan and Canada. These include brown bag lunch speaker events, a monthly hike, and Donwakai (pub night) held the third Thursday of every month. Yearly events include a summer BBQ, cooking nights, bonenkai, new year’s party, sake tasting, hanami (cherry blossom viewing), and baseball night. Curling and sledding events help also help to introduce Canadian culture to Japanese participants.

この10年間は特に日加協会、パウエル祭協会、企友会、JET同窓会との友好関係も深め、Sakura Days ジャパンフェアなど、バンクーバーにおける日系カナダ人コミュニティーの行事を積極的にサポート。
Joint events with Japanese-Canadian organizations as well
Mokuyokai currently has approximately 120 members. One feature of the group is that both non-members and volunteers are able to participate in the Society’s activities. In the last decade Mokuyokai has also strongly supported events put on by Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian organizations, such as the Powell Street Festival Society, Kiyukai, the JET Alumni Association, and the Sakura Days Japan Fair, such as the Powell Street Festival. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, the organization helped in the project to fold 5,000 paper cranes to cheer on the Japanese Olympic team. And in 2011, Mokuyokai expanded its range of activities by raising money and sending a letter of encouragement to those who had suffered in the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Comments of former president Kenneth Wong
I was the president of Mokuyokai for two years, from 1997 to 1998. I’m very happy to see that Mokuyokai has continued to develop over the past 30 years. Especially seeing the planning and preparation by the current board of directors for the 30th anniversary dinner, I’m confident that the next generation will continue the Mokuyokai legacy.
Michael Marland, Mokuyokai President

Trust built between people with same interests
We asked president Michael Marland:
How has Mokuyokai changed over the past 30 years?
In the beginning it was a group of Canadian businesspeople who had worked in Japan, but subsequently the number of people who use Mokuyokai for socializing and cultural exchange has increased, including those with a connection to Japan, students with an interest in Japanese culture, tourists, teachers, Japanese young people studying in Vancouver, and new immigrants to Canada. So not just Japanese and Canadians, but also those from other countries have also been participating. As well, Mokuyokai has grown from a small gatherings to big events. For example, about 80 people come out to our monthly Donwakai, and we had over 100 people attend the BBQ we held with Kiyukai.

30周年記念ディナーで発表されたLifetime Achievement Award(生涯達成賞)受賞者のみなさん(撮影:Benjamin Leung(左から)リディア・フィリップセン氏、ビル・マックミチェル氏、デイビット・ウォレス氏、エリカ・トーマス氏
Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Bill McMichael (left) and David Wallace (right) with presenters Lynda Philippsen and Erika Thomas
What is the age range of Mokuyokai attendees?
People from a variety of ages and backgrounds participate in events, although we have comparatively more in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Families come out to events such as the barbecue and cherry blossom viewing.

111日に行われたバンクーバー木曜会30周年記念ディナーの様子(撮影:Benjamin Leung
Vancouver Mokuyokai Society’s 30th Anniversary Dinner on November 1st (Photo: Benjamin Leung)
Please tell us about your connection to Mokuyokai
People from many different backgrounds, such as business people and academics, have been president in the past, but what we have in common is an interest and enthusiasm for Japan.
As for myself, I taught English at schools and businesses in Osaka from 2002 to 2005. At the time I really enjoyed going hiking with friends and then hitting the hot springs or going for dinner afterwards. When I returned to Canada I knew that Mokuyokai was doing hikes, so I joined right away and went on a number of different hikes. Since joining the Board and becoming President, I’ve met a lot of people through planning events.
I work at a company that deals with financial software, but I have few opportunities there to speak Japanese, so I am grateful to be able to maintain a connection to Japan through Mokuyokai.

恒例のお花見(写真提供:Vancouver Mokuyokai Society)
Traditional O-Hanami (Photo: Mokuyokai)
(取材 ルイーズ阿久沢)
What are your thoughts on the 30th anniversary and what do you hope for the future?
It’s great to have past members from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s are along with current members here at the 30th anniversary dinner to celebrate Mokuyokai and the long relationship between Japan and Canada. Two of our founders, Bill McMichael and David Wallace, are being honoured tonight with Lifetime Achievement awards. Attendees watched a slideshow of past events, and UBC professor emeritus Dr. John Howes gave a very interesting speech on the early days of Mokuyokai.
As for the future of Mokuyokai, I think it will continue to be an organization where people with similar interests can build trust through interacting with one another. And building on the foundation laid in the past, we’ll continue on our activities with the energy of the next generation.
Reporter: Louise Akusawa