Manitoba’s Largest Anime Convention!

July 21-23, 2017

RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave., Winnipeg

Programming > JCAM

Ai-Kon welcomes JCAM

Interested in Japanese culture?  The JCAM panel room is for you!

The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Inc (JCAM) is a non-profit, charitable organization that serves as the representative organization for Japanese Canadians in Manitoba.  This year, they will be sponsoring a number of panels on traditional cultural aspects of Japanese life.  Find out all about kimono, explore the mysteries of the tea ceremony, or drop by and have a look at the cultural items on display.



Kimono Dressing – Friday, July 21st at 4:00 pm

Everything you ever wanted to know about wearing a traditional Japanese kimono.  Cindy presents a guide to the various pieces required for dressing and then demonstrates how to dress in a traditional long-sleeved kimono.


Ikebana – Saturday, July 22nd at 10:30 am

The Japanese art of flower arranging has been practiced since the 7th Century and is considered one of the three classical arts of refinement.  Join Lee Matsuo as she demonstrates how nature and humanity combine to produce these stunning floral arrangements.

Tea Ceremony – Sunday, July 23rd at 11:00 am

Chado (the way of tea) is the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, a powdered green tea.  Explore the mysteries of this ritual through a guided demonstration, as the JCAM room is temporarily transformed into chashitsu (“tea room”)

Origami – Saturday, July 22nd at 6:00 pm

Come and join Brian Cox of the Winnipeg Origami Club as he talks about the art of Japanese paper folding and guides you in folding your own origami creation.

A Dwarf’s Hideout – Saturday, July 22nd at 4:30 pm

This short film by Alan Wong focuses on the Akimoto family and their quaint Japanese restaurant in the heart of St. Boniface. They talk about Winnipeg, what life is like in the frozen city, and why, out of all the places in the world, they chose to raise their family there.

The film will be followed by a question and answer panel with the filmmakers.


Japanese Language – Sunday, July 23rd at 2:00 pm

A fun introduction to the language of anime, manga and an entire country. Come join in and learn the basics, greetings, and phrases.  All ages and skill levels welcome.

Ukiyo-e – Friday, July 21st at 2:00 pm

Explore the roots of Manga, and learn about Ukiyo-e – Japanese woodblock printing.  This panel will provide an overview of its history and a brief discussion of the techniques used, as well as discuss the linkage it has to manga.


Learn the Art of Making Sushi – Saturday, July 22nd         Pre-registration required

Looking to learn the mysteries of Sushi?  Want to wrap a tighter Maki roll?  Master Chef Ono is back with his always popular sushi panel again this year!  Come and learn how to make sushi with Winnipeg’s original Japanese chef.

Tickets are available for $15.00 and can be purchased at the JCAM room.
Space is limited to 10 people per class, so act fast!

Classes are: 

  • 12:00 pm
  • 1:15 pm
  • 2:30 pm