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

Banzai! Powell Street Festival This Weekend, August 4-5

Red leaf shiso mochi. Photo credit: Flickr user Rubber Slippers in Italy

Powell Street Festival, a celebration of Japanese Canadian culture, arts and heritage, is back for its 36th year,  August 4 -5, in East Van’s Oppenheimer Park. The 2012 theme is Big Banzai, an adaption of a battle cry and a heartfelt shout out to Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian community.

This year, Powell Street Festival takes place on the same day as the Celebration of Light finale, enabling revelers to spend the day watching Sumo demonstrations and gorging on Japanese food before the last night of fireworks, August 4.

This hotly-anticipated summer festival is a free, family-friendly event. Get the scoop on the show schedule, kids activities and food vendors after the jump.

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Banzai! Powell Street Festival This Weekend, August 4-5

Dine Out Vancouver 2011 ‘Best Bite Awards’ Winners

The food has been eaten, the dishes have been washed and the votes have been tallied for the Dine Out Vancouver 2011 Best Bite Awards!

The public were able to vote in six categories, and the winners are…. (drum roll please)…..

* Best $18 Dine Out Vancouver menu: Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
* Best $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu: Hapa Izakaya
* Best $38 Dine Out Vancouver menu: A tie between Provence Mediterranean Grill and Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

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Dine Out Vancouver 2011 ‘Best Bite Awards’ Winners