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!

Ryoko Itabashi, musicienne traditionnelle japonaise, sera à Nadeshicon!

Il nous fait plaisir d’annoncer la présence de Ryoko Itabashi à Nadeshicon 2016, où elle fera quelques spectacles!

DSC_4993_edited-1 high resolutionRyoko Itabashi est née au Japon et a été en contact avec la musique depuis l’enfance. Très jeune, elle commence le piano et le violon, mais découvre sa voie dans les instruments traditionnels japonais. Le premier d’entre eux fût la batterie japonaise, ou «Taiko», qui se joue en ensemble dans un style vigoureux et dynamique qui requiert une grande force physique. Peu de temps après ses débuts au Taiko, elle commence à jouer de la flûte de bambou, qui accompagne souvent le Taiko. Par la suite, Ryoko débute l’apprentissage du Tsugaru Shamisen en 2001 sous la tutelle de feu Rinshoji Kida, un Shamiseniste de grand renom. Depuis qu’elle a déménagé au Canada en 2009, Ryoko a joué de tous les instruments traditionnels dans différents endroits à travers le Canada. Le but de Ryoko est de continuer à remplir son grand rêve de partager la musique japonaise, ainsi que sa culture, avec le monde.

Plusieurs autres invités seront annoncés sous peu! Rester à l’affût!

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.nomadesse.com/ (French)

You may also read her bio in the Guests section!

The Association of Chadô Urasenke Tankôkai of Quebec will be holding a tea ceremony at Nadeshicon!

Tea is not merely a beverage in Japan; a whole culture and philosophy are attached to it. Both of these are incarnated in the tea ceremony, an art form refined and perfected throughout the centuries. 107th of its kind in the world, the Association of Chadô Urasenke Tankôkai of Quebec will share with you this truly inspiring experience by holding a tea ceremony! Set yourself free and restore your inner peace.

You may find the Association of Chadô Urasenke Tankôkai of Quebec’s bio, as well as a very interesting presentation of the origins and the meaning behind the tea ceremony, in the Guests section!

“Koi Suru Fortune Cookies”, Montreal edition with Komachi Montreal!

Maybe you remember us mentionning a very special activity that Komachi Montreal will be holding at our convention?

Well, fret no more, here are the details! The japanese folkloric dance group is inviting you to dance with them for the recording of a Montreal edition of “Koi Suru Fortune Cookies”, by the famous group AKB48! Put on your most beautiful costume and get ready to move to the music with us! Komachi will be teaching the dance on site, then will be recording your performance!

If you would like to get a headstart and start learning the dance right away, or if you simply want to listen to this great song on repeat until Nadeshicon arrives, you may find it here:

Don’t be shy! It’ll be fun!

Arisa Meguro will be back for this year’s Nadeshicon!

Amazing professional contortionist, Arisa will blow you away with her incredible figures. You might want to reconsider what you thought were the limits of the human body after you see her show!

If you would like to read more about how she became a professional contortionist, from Tokyo to Quebec, you may take a look at her bio in the Guests section!