Sakura Days Japan Fair is presented by the Japan Fair Association of Vancouver  (JFAV), the all-volunteer organizing committee of this two-day event, as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, and is held at VanDusen Botanical Garden. For up-to-date information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

UPDATED: MARCH 9, 2020

After careful consideration and thorough review of current circumstances, the Japan Fair Association of Vancouver (JFAV), the volunteer-run organizing committee of Sakura Days Japan Fair, has come to the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. This annual event, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, was scheduled to take place on April 18 & 19, 2020. 

Sakura Days ジャパンフェアをボランティアで主催するジャパンフェア協会(JFAV)は、現在の状況を踏まえ充分に検討した結果、非常に残念な決定ではありますが、今年4月18日と19日に開催予定のジャパンフェアを中止することにいたしました。

We acknowledge that the risk for COVID-19 is low and that there is high enthusiasm for our event from all participants and stakeholders. This decision is to ensure the long-term sustainability of this annual event; to continue to provide the best experience for our performers, vendors, volunteers and attendees; and to maintain the financial and operational viability of our event.

現在バンクーバーにおいてはCOVID–19(新型コロナウイルス)の感染拡大の危険性は低く、参加者や出演者、関係者からの開催への期待が高いことは充分認識しています。しかし、毎年恒例のSakura Days ジャパンフェアを今後も長く健全に継続していくためには、今年の開催を中止することが適切であるという結論に達しました。

This non-profit cultural event relies heavily on ticket sales, sponsorship, and volunteer support to help underwrite its expenses, all of which we have seen early indications of being affected this year. The timing to make this difficult decision is now, to minimize our potential losses in order to ensure our financial stability and to focus on returning with the event in 2021. We thank you for your understanding and continued support. 

Sakura Days ジャパンフェアは非営利事業団体による運営のため、財政面(特に収入面)においては入場チケットやスポンサー、そして多くのボランティアの支援なくしては開催できません。しかしながら、ボランティアの登録状況は現時点で例年をかなり下回っており、また入場者数の大幅な減少も予想されております。いまの段階で「中止」を決断することで、損失を最小限に抑え、Sakura Days ジャパンフェアの健全な財政状況の確保とひいてはイベントの長期継続が可能と考えております。また、来年2021年のSakura Days ジャパンフェア開催に向けて充分な準備を進めることができます。皆様のご理解と継続したご協力を心よりお願い申し上げます。

Takashi Tsukamoto
Chair of Japan Fair Association Vancouver

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Immerse yourself in Japanese culture, food and art – participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, try some Japanese festival food, wear a yukata, sample premium sake, learn new Japanese games and crafts, watch cultural performances and take part in an Ondo parade.  Don’t miss the hands-on workshops and try your hand at calligraphy, origami and other Japanese arts and crafts. Discover a wide variety of vendors and exhibitors featuring local Japanese food, craft, and businesses. 
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