Japan in Vancouver

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

With eyes gazing up towards the azure sky, you sink your feet deep into the grass as a fine film of pink petals cascade over you like a delicate Japanese blanket. With nearly 40,000 cherry trees throughout the city, Vancouver transforms into a rose-coloured wonderland as a full spectrum of pink blossoms emerge from their wintery slumber. Further to this, a taste of Japan can also be found in an impressive selection of dining venues, cultural events and annual festivals that simutaneously serve as both transportive experiences while also paying tribute to a culture that helped to shape the city.

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Japan in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Miku Restaurant Aids Japan Earthquake Relief

Gourmet Japanese Cuisine at Miku Restaurant. Photo: Miku Restaurant

Vancouverites’ generosity in times of crisis has never been more apparent than in the wake of the recent tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Vancouver Japanese Community Volunteers Association has set up a B.C. Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, while the popular chain of T&T and Osaka supermarkets will be setting up donation boxes at all their locations across Canada.

And now local Vancouver sushi restaurants are finding ways to aid Japanese earthquake relief, too, led by the stylish Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver.

As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Miku Restaurant—famous for its fresh ingredients, artful presentation and innovative cuisine—began its “every sip counts” campaign this week. “Every sip counts” is a Japan earthquake relief fundraiser that donates all proceeds from Miku’s house-made mineral water to the Canadian Red Cross. (Miku uses its own system to make the water; no bottles are imported.) Since Miku’s sparkling and still mineral water is $6 a bottle, the restaurant hopes to raise $7,000 over the next two months.

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Vancouver’s Overlooked Sushi Scene

With abundant fresh seafood and a large population of Japanese descent, Vancouver has some of North America's best sushi.

With abundant fresh seafood and a large population of Japanese descent, Vancouver has some of North America's best sushi.

In the tourist shops in Gastown, Vancouver’s historic downtown district, you can find lots of quintessentially Canadian eats:  jugs of maple syrup, boxes of sweet BeaverTails (fried dough shaped like . . . you guessed it) and even bottles of frosty Canadian ice wine.  But one big piece of Vancouver’s culinary scene is missing from this spread: sushi.

Blessed with abundant fresh fish and a large Japanese population, Vancouver has one of the most vibrant sushi scenes in North America.  Sushi here is fresh, authentic and cheap.  For about the price of a Starbucks latte, you can get a freshly made dynamite roll and probably have change left over for a miso soup.

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Vancouver’s Overlooked Sushi Scene

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