The Satsuki Kai Japanese Dance Group was formed in May 2011 by Nishikawa Kayo of the Nishikawa School of Japanese classical dance to give people an opportunity to enjoy learning Japanese dance. The name comes from the pronunciation of the old name for May, “satsuki”, although it is written with a different Chinese character meaning “colour”. The hope is for people to have a more colourful, happier life through dance.
The group participates in many events, especially at the Japanese cultural centre, Nikkei Place in Burnaby, and works hard to showcase Japanese culture through dance. Past events include the annual Powell Street Festival, kimono fashion shows, performances at seniors’ residences and other multicultural events.