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Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba Room 

Interested in Japanese culture?  The JCAM room is for you! Returning by both popular demand and because we love them to Ai-Kon.

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. We look forward to seeing you!

Please note: this room has been UPGRADED, look for their new space by the Gamer’s Lounge 2nd floor North Building!

Want to find out when and where check out our 2018 Ai-Kon Schedule

2018 JCAM Room Programming:

Cultural Exchange and Dance
Come meet a group of students from Kochi prefecture, located on the south coast of Shikoku, who are studying for a year in Winnipeg.  They’ll be talking to you about their home, answering questions, and demonstrating the Japanese traditional dance ‘Yosakoi’.  Friday, July 27th at 8:00 pm

Yukata Dressing:
This year, Sunday at Ai Kon is Yukata day! Beat the crowd, bring your yukata or kimono and supplies, and learn how to tie yourself into kimono in a private one-on-one session with Cindy. A sign-up sheet will be available in the JCAM room.

Please note: You will need to bring your own kimono, obi, and other items as these will not be available for loan. Please checo out  how to purchase your kimono/yukata  online prior to Ai Kon.

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:
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 becomes a temporary chashitsu (“tea room”)

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

New to the JCAM room this year, a 1-hour workshop teaching the movements and strikes of traditional Japanese swordsmanship practiced since the time of the Samurai.  Learn the techniques of the Katana, then strike at targets in authentic drills practiced in the kendo dojo.

Each session is limited to 10 people. Register early.

Appropriate footwear only (flat bottom shoes, or bare feet); please no wearing of rings or hand jewelry.

Sushi Panel:
Back again, by popular demand, Master Chef Ono guides you through the art of making your own sushi.  New this year, sessions will be offered on Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are still only $10, but space is limited, so be sure to book your spot at the JCAM panel room!

Japanese Language:
Tired of having to wait for your favorite anime to be subbed or dubbed? Want to impress your friends or favorite sushi chef? We can’t promise to make you fluent in Japanese in one session, but come on out as Tatsuya and Jiyu give you an introduction to the language.



How to purchase a Kimono or Yukata Information:

Interested in owning a kimono or yukata, but don’t know where to find one? This panel will provide tips on where to find kimono, what to look for, and how to purchase a genuine kimono or yukata, and get it from Japan to your home. This panel provides information for individuals interested in purchasing genuine kimono or yukata prior to Ai Kon in July.

Did you miss the panel or you would like more information? Check these handy pdfs from our local expert in all things kimono, the lovely Cindy.

So You want to buy a Kimono

Men’s Kimono sizing

Kimono and Yukata fitting

Don’t’ forget this Ai-Kon Sunday, July 29th is Yukata Day