This society was initiated with the intent of passing down the fundamental principle of kokoro,
which means 'heart' or 'spirit', and runs through all Japanese traditions, to future generations.
While feeling grateful to our predecessors and ancestors, we wish in turn to instill our feelings
in the next generation... This is the work we hope to do.
Carrying Mikoshi is our biggest event! Mikoshi carrying is Sakurakai's main event! We carry the Mikoshi through various cities, yelling "dokkoi!" and bringing positive energy with us wherever we go. Come join in the fun!
Introducing Japanese culture
We introduce Japanese culture to Canadian communities through “Matsuri”, Japanese style festivals, and through Mikoshi in our community events.
We hope to exchange Japanese culture with various other international culture associations, including First Nations communities.
Inheriting to the future generations
We hope to show the Japanese culture that is present within their lives to the children of future generations who will be born and raised and Canada. This will be accomplished through the experiences we provide.
The symbol featured in our crest, which is called mizusakura, is a cherry blossom that floats on the water’s edge and represents Vancouver, a city by the sea.
The three rings represent both the pattern of the water and the three ‘circles’ that we hold dear:
Harmony among families
Harmony among friends
Harmony among the local community
The things which we all cherish… That is what our crest, the symbol of Sakurakai, represents.
“Mikoshi”holds deep connections to the Japanese faith. In this unique faith, all objects and phenomena house “kami”, or deities. Natural phenomena such as mountains, rivers, and trees as well as our ancestors are objects of worship, and are treated as “kami”. Japanese festivals, or “matsuri”, began as a way to show hospitality to these “kami”.
“Mikoshi” act as vehicles to transport “kami” so that they may enjoy the festivities at “matsuri”. “Matsuri” is therefore meant for the enjoyment of both humans and deities.
“Kami” usually remains in Shinto shrines, but during a “matsuri” they ride on “mikoshi” and enjoy the “matsuri” with the local people. The people also celebrate together to carry “mikoshi” which reflects unique beliefs and styles in their specific regions.
In the city of Vancouver, a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures, and hence with a vast diversity of perspectives, live together.
The spirit of "Wa" which we uphold as part of Japanese traditional culture is open-minded, receptive, and cooperative. This spirit is something we take great pride in, and we believe it is a wonderful mindset to hold in a city like Vancouver. Using the spirit of "Wa", we hope to connect with a variety of communities. With this pride, we desire to interact widely with numerous communities.
We cherish your feelings of gratitude towards your loved ones, and your ancestors.
We hope to use Mikoshi to lift these feelings up onto our shoulders, raise them high to the sky, and share positive energy and liveliness with each other.
Tradition is built off of the unique lifestyle in an area, or off of habits and cultures surrounding the seasons. For example, Japanese culture celebrates Oshogatsu, Setsubun, Shichigosan and so on. They have been passed on generation after generation, adapting to the changing times but preserving their original meaning.
Through our activities in Vancouver Sakurakai, we pass on the tradition of Mikoshi to the next generation.