We’ll see you at Ai-Kon!

July 26 to July 28, 2019

at the RBC Convention Centre

Programming > JCAM

Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba Room 

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

The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, Inc. (JCAM) is a non-profit, charitable organization that serves as the representative organization for Japanese and 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 bonsai, give kendo a try, or drop by and have a look at the cultural items on display. Stop by throughout the weekend, as there’s always something new on display. We look forward to seeing you!

Please note:

  • that space is extremely limited for some panels. Fees, 18+ ID, and pre-registration is as indicated.  Pre-Registration and fee collection takes place in the room. ID accepted must be valid government issued picture ID.
  • Panels and schedule may change, due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • This room has been UPGRADED, look for their new space by the Gamer’s Lounge 2nd floor North Building!

2019 JCAM Room Programming

Yukata Kitsuke –  Workshop

Beat the crowd, bring your yukata or kimono and supplies, and learn how to tie yourself into kimono in a one-on-one session with helpful volunteers. Please note: You will need to bring your own kimono, obi, and other dressing items as these will not be available for loan.
Please check out how to purchase your kimono/yukata prior to Ai Kon. 

Japanese Performance Arts  – Panel

A brief introduction to the historical progression and stylization of Japanese Theatrical Arts. From ancient Kagura performances entertain the Gods, to modern Kabuki, and how some of those traditions have even found their way into pop culture troupes.

Shibaraku – Kabuki Play and Explanation – Screenings

Shibaraku is a play in the Kabuki repertoire, and one of the celebrated Kabuki Jūhachiban (“Eighteen Great Plays”). The flamboyantly dramatic costume and makeup (kumadori) used in this scene is famous and associated with the average Westerner with Kabuki in general.
Prior to the title film, a short interesting introduction to Kabuki film will be shown.


Kendo – Workshop

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.

Wild and Wonderful Stories from Japan  – Panel

Presented by: JETAA Prairies
Come join us for silly and wonderful stories from Japan! Come join us some storytelling fun. We have some fun stories lined up and we want to hear yours too!


Facing Injustice: The Relocation of Japanese Canadians – Screening

This documentary tells why Japanese Canadians were forcibly removed from the West Coast in 1942 and placed on sugar beet farms as labourers in Manitoba and finally settling in Winnipeg.
On 25 February 1942, a mere 12 weeks after the 7 December 1941 attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor and Hong Kong, the federal Cabinet, at the instigation of racist BC politicians, used the War Measures Act to order the removal of all Japanese Canadians residing within 160 km of the Pacific coast. At the time the government claimed that Japanese Canadians were being removed for reasons of “national security.” Over 20,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry, 75% of whom were Canadian citizens, were removed from their homes, farms and businesses. Many were sent to work on sugar beet farms in Manitoba. Living conditions were often poor, with no electricity or running water. In 1949, they were finally given back their full citizenship rights including voting rights and being allowed to move back to the BC coast, although their property was gone. In 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney formally apologized to Japanese Canadian survivors and their families.


Jackbox-  Japan Edition  Game Show 18+ Event ID required

Quiplash is played on your mobile devices with each game lasting 3 delicious rounds. Otaku attendee participants are given two prompts to supply a humorous answer for; each prompt is seen by two random players. Then, the prompt and the two provided answers are shown, and players and the audience vote on which is funniest, with the players that provided the answers given points.  Time to make senpai notice you with your witty answers!

SHIBARI 10118+ Event ID required

This is a Shibari 101 discussion/panel. Erin and Krista plan to cover a range of topics and will briefly discuss history, types of rope, safety, bottoming, vetting, and more!  This will be a discussion based panel.
Please bring questions, a notepad (if you so desire) and an open mind.  

Leading this discussion will be:
@red_dread_rope has been involved in the Winnipeg shibari scene for 7 years. She has been a part of numerous shows and events within Winnipeg, including the Fringe Show “340 Feet” two years in a row. She has taught group Rope 101 classes, and one on one classes in her home. She enjoys the technical challenge of rigging and hopes to inspire others to seek out connection through rope.

@knotyourpeach, Winnipeg based, sex-positive/kink-positive queer switchy rope girl. She was introduced into bondage in 2017, has been self-tying for 2 years, and has been rigging for a year and a half. She has done performances at Fantasy events and done modeling for shibari live art performances with @red_dread_rope. She has a passion for shibari and the vulnerability that is shared between rigger and bottom.
There will be limited attendance for this panel

Shin Godzilla – Screening

SAn unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of a sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named “Godzilla”.

Sushi Panel – Workshop Pre Registration and Class Fee $$

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 $10.00 CAD. Space is limited, so be sure to book your spot at the JCAM room!

Shodo – An Introduction To Japanese Calligraphy – Workshop

The term shodou translates as “the way of writing” although more commonly it is translated as “the way of the brush.”  This course gets beginners familiar with calligraphy tools, tool usage and the basics of proper brush technique.

Origami – Workshop

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.

Ondo Dance Workshop with Aurora Dancers  – Workshop

Presented by: JCAM’s Aurora Dancers
Come learn a  traditional festival dance in preparation for the summer matsuri season! No dance experience necessary!

Japanese Beliefs and Urban Legends – Panel

A two-part panel with both historical and modern context:
– The first half will cover Japanese beliefs and mythology. Such as kami, yokai, the incorporation of Buddhism and Bodhisattva, and modern Shinto.
– The second half will cover famous modern Japanese legends and other spooky stories.

Kwaidan  – Screening 18+ Event ID required

Kwaidan is a 1965 Japanese anthology horror film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. It is based on stories from Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folk tales, mainly Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, for which it is named. The film consists of four separate and unrelated stories. Kwaidan is an archaic transliteration of Kaidan, meaning ‘ghost story’. It won the Special Jury Prize at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Learning Japanese Via Manga and Anime  – Panel

Presented by: Japan Foundation Toronto
Did you know that watching anime and reading manga is a fantastic way to be able to learn Japanese? Join Mr Yoshifumi Murakami of Japan Foundation, and learn some tips and tricks on how best to learn Japanese from your favorite anime!


How to purchase a Kimono or Yukata Information:

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

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