Taste of Japan

In two weeks, the Kelowna Kasugai sister city association hosts their annual ‘Taste of Japan’ annual showcase event at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Date: December 6
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Tickets: $2 per person or $5 per family

Activities include:

Tea Ceremony Japanese Cuisine Calligraphy and Origami Ikebana Display Japanese Children's Choir Gift Basket Raffle Yamabiko Taiko Drummers Japanse Games and Crafts Martial Arts Demonstrations Holiday Baking . . . and much more. 

A few months ago, an ‘aiming to provoke’ editorial in the local print paper questioned the value of the sister city relationship between Kelowna and Kasugai. I made a couple comments at council, but the column came to mind again today, as I started to write about the upcoming Taste of Japan.

Maybe before I go any further, let me clearly state my bias. I am the sister city association rep for council. I had a chance to go there in 2005 to perform at Kasuagai along with 60 other folks from Kelowna, my CD release shows incorporated Taiko, and I think that Kasugai Gardens are a hidden jewel in our community. 

Almost every week I find a unique way that our community is connecting with Kasugai. This week, the Kelowna Jaycees have a delegation in Japan for the 100th year anniversary of the Jaycees. 

A couple months ago, our Lady of the Lake led the largest parade in Kasugai. It was an honour bestowed on her as a representative of our partnership. Just the other week a number of Principals and top school district employees were warmly welcomed by the Mayor and Council of Kasugai. 

The numerous ways that this sister city relationship has weaved into the fabric of our communities is impressive. I trust you will find some time on December 6th to join me at the Taste of Japan. 


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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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