Komachi Montreal back for this year’s Nadeshicon!

Japanese folk dance group based in the Quebec metropolis, Komachi Montreal is a staple in Japanese culture events since it was established in 2007. Well-known for its fun dances, the troupe’s primary goal is to make everyone have a great time.
 
Serving as quite the accurate representation of their cultural engagement, the music video they shot on Koi Suru Fortune Cookie, by AKB48, not only features themselves, but also people from countless events and cultural groups across the province. Speaking of which, you may notice your favorite Japanese culture festival based in Quebec City in there!
 
You may find more about Komachi Montreal in the Guests page.

Groupe Bonsaï Québec at Nadeshicon!

Regrouping fans of this very unique art, Groupe Bonsaï Québec strives to spread the love for the bonsai tree. Through various techniques that go far beyond simple sculpture, these artists are able to shape these small trees into objects of beauty. In order to fulfill their mission, they will offer a lesson to introduce you to this pearl of Japanese culture.
 
You may find more information in the Guests page.

Martial arts exhibitions!

Well-known yet still somewhat obscure aspect of Japanese culture, martial arts feature a delicate balance of physical, mental, and cultural mastery. Breathtakingly beautiful to witness and enlightening to dive into, they will be represented by various clubs from Quebec City and around during our event, through exhibitions and conferences. Here are the the groups that will be represented:
  • École de Shinkendo de Québec
  • Budo Québec
  • Club D’Aikido de la Capitale
  • École Fudo-Shin Québec
  • Club de Iaido de Beauport
You may find the links to their respective websites and Facebook pages by visiting the Guests page, as well as brief descriptions of two of the schools that will be there.

Ryunosuke Yamazumi back for a new breathtaking performance!

Circus artist born in Japan, Ryunosuke Yamazumi is well-known for his outstanding shows. A classic at our festival, he will be offering a new performance featuring the Chinese pole, combined to his notorious juggling tricks. Whether it will be your first time seeing him perform or not, you really won’t want to miss him!
 
You may find more information on Ryunosuke Yamazumi in the Guests section!

Drawing contest for our promotional poster, and date at which reservations for the Dealers’ Room will open!

Following last year’s success, we decided to reiterate the drawing contest for our promotional poster for Nadeshicon 2017! The requirements remain fairly the same, with the exception of this edition’s theme. Thus, your drawing will need the following :

  • To star our two mascots, Nadeshiko and Saito.
  • To have one of the two characters wear a traditional japanese outfit, with the other wearing something more modern.
  • To follow the theme of luck, due to the fact that the year will end in 7.
  • To be suitable for a general audience.
  • To represent japanese culture well, since it is the main focus of our convention!

Of course, when talking about a contest, one has to mention the rewards. Unlike last year however, two winners will be selected, instead of one, although only the grand winner’s art will be used. As such, the second place winner will receive :

  • One (1) table in our Dealers’ Room, or $50, to their discretion.

The first place winner will be granted :

  • $50.
  • Two (2) tables in our Dealers’ Room, each tradeable for $50 instead, to their discretion.

The art of the grand winner will be used for promotional purposes, such as the poster and t-shirts, for which no additional royalties will be awarded. However, as per its uses, it is a great opportunity for visibility, so don’t forget to sign your art! So it can be used for thoses purposes, we also require the grand winner to submit us a high-res, colored version, a PDF version, as well as a vectorial, black/white lineart version for the t-shirts, if possible. Since the poster will be in 11×17 format, please make sure the resolution of your drawing is in an adequate resolution.

You may find some of our previous posters and promotional pictures here, which may serve as both references and inspiration.

You have until December 1st 2016 to submit your art at contact@nadeshicon.ca

Also, in other news, reservations for the Dealers’ Room for Nadeshicon 2017 will open on November 1st for merchants and artists alike, at which date the forms will be uploaded to our website. Don’t miss it, because those tables will be gone pretty quickly!

Best of luck to everyone!

Learn Japanese in Québec City!

L’École de Langues de l’Université Laval, who hosted an introductory panel to Japanese during the latest edition of our convention, offers classes throughout the year in Pavillon Charles-De-Koninck for those who would like to learn to use this beautiful language! Learn from energetic teachers and discover how wonderful the Japanese language is!

You may refer to this flyer (French) to learn more about the Japanese classes offered by École de Langues de l’Université Laval.

Review of the convention

Hello everyone!

We hope you had a great time at the 5th edition of our convention! It was our biggest edition so far; you exceeded even our most generous estimates in terms of attendance, with 1832 festival-goers, around fifty panelists, over sixty volunteers including the teams for the masquerade and the fashion show, as well as over 140 merchants, artists and exhibitors. Add the organisation team, the security team and the hundred guests to that, and we were over 2200 in pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins during the week-end! It was a huge success for us, and we have you to thank for that.

Of course, the success of our festival isn’t only based on math. We had the talented and famous Mika Kobayashi give not only one, but two shows. We hope you were able to attend atleast one of them, as her voice and stage presence were incredible! We will have a hard time finding a guest as amazing as her for next year’s convention, but we will do our best!

Arashi Daiko’s show was another must-see of the week-end. Through the unrivaled power of their taikos, they were able to recreate the history of Japan, be it its wars or its traditions. They even had the people attending try playing their intimidating drums!

Christopher Macdonald’s panels were another event we did not want to miss! It is no easy task to find a greater fan of Japan’s culture and animation than mister Macdonald, and, with his insight on the industry, his panels are a must for anyone even remotely interested in japanese culture!

Last but not least, while several other events and activities would have deserved to be in this list, we want to save this last spot for the amazing cosplayers who attended our convention. We witnessed it during the week-end and keep witnessing it through photos: your cosplays were astounding! We can’t help but be in awe before the passion that burns in you and all the work you put in it! The masquerade was a resounding success, and we have you to thank for that!

Speaking of thanks, we would like to give a special shoutout to a person very important to us. For two years straight, Laurent Fleury has acted as a volunteer interpreter and translator for our japanese guests. He traveled from Montreal and even took days off his job to give us his help, without ever asking for anything in return. We wouldn’t hope to find a kinder and more energetic interpreter, and, as such, would like to give him the gratitude he deserves. Thank you so very much Laurent, and we hope to keep working with you for many years to come!

As a last note, Le Site du Japon has published an article about us! You can read it here (French).

Also note that the Facebook event for the 2016 edition of our festival should be created soon! Also, a post-mortem meeting will be held in the near future to get your feedback on our convention. Please keep an eye out, as the date and location will soon be announced!

Again, thank you very much for your support everyone!

Last day of the con!

We’re already Sunday! Don’t miss out on the second martial arts display, held by different dojos, the tea ceremony, the OPJV show, the second signing session with Mika Kobayashi, as well as all the other amazing activities that will be happening throughoutt the day!

Don’t forget that bracelets for the OPJV show will be handed out starting at 10am at the table in front of Salle Hydro-Québec! Grab one while you still can! Don’t be too stressed, however, if, by the time you get here, they’re all gone; we will be livestreaming the show in Le Cercle, on the fourth floor.

We can’t wait to see you again 🙂

Registration is open!

Come as soon as you can so you don’t miss out on the martial arts display in Le Cercle (on the 4th floor) at 10am! You wouldn’t want to miss it!

We would also like to inform you that, due to the resounding success of yesterday’s show, Mika Kobayashi is all out of CDs to sell, and therefore won’t be able to sell any after her show this afternoon or in the Dealers Room throughout the day.

Speaking of miss Kobayashi’s show, bracelets for both this show and the masquerade will be available starting at 10am at a table in front of Salle Hydro-Québec. Small reminded that Mika Kobayashi’s show will be at 3:30pm, and the masquerade at 6pm. Both of them will also be streamed live in Le Cercle, again on the fourth floor. Also note that registration to the masquerade will be from 11am to noon, at another table in front of Salle Hydro-Québec.

As for all the other activities today, you may find the full schedule either in your programme or online.

Lastly, we invite you to follow on Twitter to keep in touch with our posts throughout the convention!

Enjoy the con!

Author and singer Valérie Harvey will be at Nadeshicon!

Passionate when it comes to Japan, its culture and its inhabitants, Valérie Harvey will host a panel at our festival to share her experiences and observations from her trips to Japan with you. Author of two books based on the problematic of low birthrates in Japan and composer, along with her husband, of songs in japanese and in french, she is sure to captivate you!

You may find her two websites by following these links:
http://www.yume.qc.ca/
http://www.nomadesse.com/ (French)

You may also read her bio in the Guests section!