Mokuyokai Monthly Activities and Special Events

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Persian Dinner Night at Gillaneh Gril House 6:00 pm
Persian Dinner Night at Gillaneh Gril House @ Gillaneh Gril House
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Persian Dinner Night at Gillaneh Gril House May 3rd Have you ever tried Persian (or Iranian) food? Join us for dinner at Gillaneh Grill house in North Vancouver, led by board member Farshid! Persian cuisine is ancient, varied and cosmopolitan. Eating habits and products from ancient Greece, Rome and many Asian and Mediterranean cultures have influenced[...]
Hike to Minnekhada Regional Park on May 10, 2015 9:00 am
Hike to Minnekhada Regional Park on May 10, 2015 @ Minnekhada Regional Park
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hike to Minnekhada Regional Park on May 10, 2015 @ Minnekhada Regional Park | Coquitlam | British Columbia | Canada
Join us for a hike to Minnekhada Regional Park. Located at the north east corner of the City of Coquitlam, this is a wildlife waterfowl area and lodge which was once the private retreat of a BC Lieutenant Governor. There are many kilometres of trails. Our hike will be a relatively leisurely hike across the[...]
Donwakai 5:30 pm
Donwakai @ The Belmont Bar
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for the Donwakai! The Donwakai is Mokuyokai’s monthly pub night of networking, laughter and fun that brings together those who have a shared interest in Japan-Canada relations. At the Donwakai, you will meet approximately 80 people who have a strong connection to Japan: teachers, travellers, students, business people and others from Canada, Japan and[...]
**FULL** Hike up St Marks Summit Sun, May 24 9:00 am
**FULL** Hike up St Marks Summit Sun, May 24 @ St. Marks Summit
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Please note this event is FULL now Hike up St Marks Summit Sun, May 24 Join us for a hike up St. Marks Summit!  St. Marks Summit is part of the Howe Sound Crest that spans over 30km from Cypress to Porteau Cove and this section of the trail that St. Mark’s Summit is on[...]
Guu Garden Dinner Kai! 6:00 pm
Guu Garden Dinner Kai! @ Guu Garden
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On May 31 (6:00pm – 8:00pm), we are going to Guu Garden, located at 888 Nelson Street (top floor of the terrace; take the staircase on Hornby beside RBC or the staircase beside the tower on Nelson following the signs). Guu Garden is a “modern” Japanese restaurant that is authentic without being just another sushi[...]


The Vancouver Mokuyokai Society is a dynamic organization, and as such our activities are constantly growing and evolving with the times.


Donwakai is our monthly pub night held the third Thursday of every month. It is a great opportunity to meet others who have a shared interest in Japan-Canada relations and to learn more about the Mokuyokai. Donwakai is our most popular regular event, with more than 100 people attending every month.

Join us for an evening of laughter, socializing and networking! We look forward to seeing you. RSVPs are not required and feel free to bring a guest.


When: Third Thursday of  every month (5:30-9pm)
[NEW LOCATION!] Where: Relish Gastro Pub & Bar, 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver (corner of Nelson St. and Hornby St, inside Nelson Square next to Gyu-Kaku.) Map >>

Menu: Happy hours are 5-7pm, $4 domestic beer.

Cost: Non-Members: $5 Members: Free
RSVP: Not required! Just show up!

**Please Note**
• As this is a licensed bar, Government Issued Photo ID is required for entry.
• All attendees must pay for their own drinks. There is a small charge of $5.00/person for non-members as a contribution towards snacks.
• For more info Email:

Monthly Hike    hiker

The Vancouver Mokuyokai Society hikes approximately once a month. In addition to enjoying the beautiful scenery that BC offers, it is an opportunity to meet others. The summer hikes tend to be longer and more challenging than the winter ones. We also go snowshoeing in the winter.

Elk Mountain

The hike is usually on the 3rd or 4th weekend of every month.

• There is no hiking fee for members. The cost for non-members is $10. We usually car-pool to the hike location, and there is a small fee to cover the cost of gas that is paid to the drivers. This cost is dependant on distance and is usually between $7-$10.

Please Note:
• The hikes are of varying degrees of difficulties, and it is the responsibility of the participants to verify that they have the appropriate fitness level and equipment to complete the hike safely.
• The hike captain will be happy to provide information about the hike and the requirements for it. The hike captain has the option to refuse participation to those that they feel are not properly equipped to complete the hike safely.
• Adventure Smart ( has recommendations for what to bring on a hike.

DinnerKai (dinner event)l2

The Dinnerkai is generally held every second month. DinnerKai is a fun social event where we try different Japanese restaurants that serve quality food but not at outrageous prices.

We usually hold the Dinnerkai at Japanese restaurants but we might try other cuisines as well and members are encouraged to submit restaurant ideas. The number of participants is limited so please RSVP early!

For more info Email:

Special Events

The Vancouver Mokuyokai Society is a dynamic organization, and our activities are constantly growing and evolving. In addition to our monthly events we have several larger, often seasonal events throughout the year. Some activities include:

• Ohanami (cherry blossom viewing)
• Summer BBQ
• Bonenkai (year end party)
• Volunteer Appreciation party
• Cultural Events
We also cooperate with other organizations in Vancouver. Some of these events are:
• Powell Street Festival
• Sakura Days Japan Fair
Many of these events attract large numbers of the public. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with these events. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Special Events Committee at: