Nikkei Centre serves up Halloween fun in Burnaby

Giant book sale, kids' activities, food and tea ceremonies are on the agenda for a weekend of fun Oct. 25 and 26

The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre is ushering in the fall season with its giant book sale and some special Halloween fun.

The annual book sale is coming Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Shoppers will have a chance to browse from more than 40,000 used Japanese novels, manga and children’s books, plus CDs, DVDs and Japanese learning materials.

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In honour of the time of year, the event will be Halloween themed. There will be free kids’ activities, including a haunted room, a witch’s hat ring toss and pumpkin bowling.

Plus, there will be a variety of food vendors offering sweets, drinks and street food – including Xing Fu Tang, a well-known bubble tea store, demonstrating the pearl making process.

You can also enjoy colourful cotton candy and get some hands-on fun making your own – children under 12 must be accompanied by adults.

There’s a special Halloween cookie baking class taught by Kanadell Japanese Bakery on Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m., for children aged 5 and up. It costs $15 per person.

Visitors can also enjoy a Trick or Tea Halloween tea ceremony, hosted by Urasenke Tankokai Vancouver Association in a traditional Japanese-style room. Tea ceremonies are offered at 11 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. At 1 and 2 p.m., you can enjoy a tea-making experience that includes a tea ceremony introduction, presentation and a chance to make your own matcha tea. Fees are $25 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 13 to 18) and free for children (ages six to 12).

Filling up all the fun will be movie screenings on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., featuring Toy Story 4 and Toy Story of Terror from Disney.

The Nikkei Centre is at 6688 Southoaks Cres. For all the details, or to reserve your tea ceremony spot, check out centre.nikkeiplace.org.

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