Posted by: DavidT | November 29, 2012

Emperor of Japan Birthday Celebration in Calgary

From left: George Takashima (NCS) Amy Dokic, Lethbridge Mayor Rajko Dodic, Consul General Susumu Fukuda
Photo by Harold Pereverseff

Each year, the Consul General of Japan in Calgary hosts an evening get-together to celebrate the birthday of Japan’s Emperor Akihito. This year’s event took place Nov. 28 in Calgary. Lethbridge was well represented with the city’s mayor, members of the Lethbridge Twinning Society, and members of the Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge and Area attending.

Emperor Akihito’s late uncle, Prince Takamatsu and aunt Princess Takamatsu were the honoured guests at the grand opening of the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden in 1967.

From left: From Lethbridge Twinning Society – Cheryl Pereverseff, Harold Pereverseff, Cathleen McFarland, Michael Bennett; Consul General of Japan (Calgary) Susumu Fukuda, Alicia Fukuda; From NCS – Peggy Takishama, George Takashima; representing City of Lethbridge – Amy Dodic, His Worship Mayor Rajko Dodic
Photo by Harold Pereverseff

Posted by: DavidT | September 23, 2012

Tasty Treat From Soba Chef

A small group of food lovers were treated to handmade soba earlier this summer when soba chef Yuji Sugiura set up shop in the kitchen at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta and prepared soba the traditional way — from scratch.

Yuki Nagoya, NCS vice president has known Mr. Sugiura for many years and does business with him regularly. Although Mr. Sugiura’s day job has nothing to do with cooking (he works for an import company in Japan), he is trained as a soba chef and likes to share his knowledge and the fruits of his labour, with people. So Yuki invited him to Lethbridge.

“I also really enjoy soba and nothing tastes better than home prepared soba,” says Yuki. “If you have grown up in Japan you can never forget the taste and flavor of this noodle.”

Mr. Sugiura makes Kanto-style soba. Before we sat down to eat the noodles we watched the chef go through the labourious process of mixing the buckwheat flour (which he brought with him) into dough, rolling it with special rolling pins until it was just the right thickness, and then hand-cutting the layered dough into thin buckwheat noodles with a special knife.

Yuki says the trip was a trial run to gauge interest in such a tour. Judging by its success, we may see the soba chef back next year.

Posted by: DavidT | March 31, 2011

Music to heal the heart and soul benefit concert

A benefit concert called “Music to heal the heart and soul” will be held at Southminster United Church in Lethbridge on Saturday, April 30.

The concert will feature

  • the University of Lethbridge Singers, under the direction of Janet Youngdahl;
  • piano soloist Deanna Oye;
  • Claire Lint and Dancers, and
  • others who will offer prayers, readings and poetry.

There is no charge for this concert, but relief agencies will have tables set up to take donations for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Details

Where: Southminster United Church (1011 4 Ave S., Lethbridge)

When: Saturday April 30, 7:30 pm

Thanks to Southminster United Church for donating the space for the evening.

Posted by: DavidT | March 22, 2011

Japan Earthquake: United Church of Canada Fund

The following note from the United Church of Canada was forwarded to us by Pastor George Takashima in Lethbridge:

Dear members of Japanese United Church (Association),

Here is the information about the emergency fund at the United Church of Canada;

It can be found on the online donation page. Go down to the Emergency Response tab and please identify Japan Earthquake relief and reconstruction.

Or:

Pastoral charges can collect and tax receipt donations and send one cheque to us.  Cheques are payable to The United Church of Canada and sent to:

United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. W.
Etobicoke, ON  M8X 2Y4

A note or memo should be attached with the designation as above. Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions.

Maki Fushii
The Rev. Maki Fushii
Program Coordinator for Ethnic Minority Ministries &
Leadership Development

Posted by: DavidT | March 22, 2011

Japan Earthquake: Shaw, Telus Step Up

Shaw and Telus are offering free phone service to Japan.

Shaw, through its Home Phone service, is offering free long distance calling to Japan until March 31. It has also made the Japanese TV channel available at no charge to digital cable subscribers. Details can be found at this link to Shaw.

Telus is offering free phone service to Japan until March 31 (excerpt below). It has also set up a text-to-donate feature where phone users can donate to the Canadian Red Cross or the  Salvation Army of Canada by sending a text message. It says it will donate $100,000 to Canadian charities to assist in relief efforts in Japan.   Full details can be found on this link to Telus:

“To help our consumer customers stay connected with friends and family in affected regions, all TELUS mobile and wireline calls to Japan are free from March 11 to 31, 2011. Free calling also applies to TELUS’ roaming mobility customers contacting Japan, and roaming customers in Japan calling North America. Full credit for all billed calls will be provided in a subsequent billing cycle.”— from the Telus website

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