Stanley Park Rose Garden Path

Stanley Park Rose Garden

Stroll along the paths and take in the aroma of dozens of blooming flowers in the Rose Garden in Stanley Park. While summer is nearly over, it’s not too late to enjoy the colour, depth and selection of the roses, whatever the time of year may be. A collection of photos over the years are available for viewing on Gallery.

Interurban car 1207

A look back at the interurbans

Even though the Downtown Historic Railway is out-of-service, you can still experience the heritage interurbans online. Browse through pictures and brush-up on the routes these versatile rail cars took on their journeys through the Lower Mainland.

Anime Conventions

What is an anime convention?

Curious about what goes on at an anime convention? Ever wondered why people wear costumes to these events? Where can I find one that’s nearest to me? It’s my first time, what do I need to bring? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the all about anime conventions and the convention checklist articles.


Manga version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess announced for Japan

Following suit of previous titles in the Legend of Zelda franchise, a manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be available on the Shogakukan Manga ONE app in Japan on February 8th, 2016.

Akira Himekawa, the group of artists behind the popular manga serialization of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, have returned to work on the new Twilight Princess comic.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was originally released on the Nintendo Wii in 2006 and will be re-released on the Nintendo Wii U March 4th, 2016.

Source: Natalie

British Columbia anime conventions for 2016

Don't let the titans stop you from cosplaying this year!

Don’t let the titans stop you from cosplaying this year!

It’s 2016 and that means a new year full of events to strut your cosplay, discuss your favourite anime and pick up the latest manga or figures. While there’s plenty of conventions in Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • Tsukino-Con February 12th – 14th, 2016 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Harumatsuri March 5th, 2016 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Xpo March 18th – 19th, 2016 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • Northwest Fan Fest July 8th – 10th, 2016 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC
    Northwest Fan Fest brings fans of pop culture together for three days of fun with guests, panels, performances and a street festival! It’s also free to attend for all three days!
  • AniRevo August 5th – 7th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Anime Evolution August 19th – 21th, 2016 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC
    As Vancouver’s oldest anime convention, Anime Evolution is home to anime screenings, panels, vendors and activities.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo October 13th – 16th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver November 11th – 13th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is a massive gathering that combines everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.

Pokémon Super Bowl commercial unveiled

You don’t have to wait until the Super Bowl to catch a glimpse of the new Pokémon commercial to coincide with the franchise’s 20th anniversary.

So instead of fast-forwarding through a recorded copy the football game, you can watch it officially on YouTube. No, this isn’t a leaked video, but the real deal courtesy of The Official Pokémon Channel.

This advertisement brings attention to all the festivities and products being released for two decades of Pokémon. Additional information is available on the Pokémon 20th Anniversary web site, including details on how to get in on all the fun. Train on!

Source: YouTube

Final Fantasy IX coming to PC and mobile devices in 2016

An adventure that draws upon the classic roots of the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy IX was announced for a PC, iPhone and Android release sometime in 2016. The PC version will be available through Steam.

A carefully crafted plot to kidnap Princess Garnet of Alexandria goes too well for Zidane and the travelling theatre bandit troupe Tantalus. Even though the princess willingly left on her own accord, she and her protector, Steiner, did not expect to pair up with Zidane and explore a world of shrouded in both mist and deceit. Along with a black mage named Vivi, a Burmecian knight Freya, and a young summoner named Eiko, this ragtag team understand their own past and defend their future from the evils orchestrated by the mysterious Kuja.

The unique story of Final Fantasy IX will included improved graphics with high-definition movies, additional achievements, game boosters such as high-speed and no encounter modes, and an auto save function.

Final Fantasy IX was originally released for the PlayStation in 2000. A specific date for when the PC and mobile version of the title will can be purchased was not specified.

Sources: Steam, PC Gamer, YouTube

Dolphins greet a ferry in the Strait of Georgia

A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins!

A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins!

On a grey Tuesday, the otherwise boring ferry ride between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo was brightened up with a visit from the locals. A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins swam alongside the vessel, intermittently breaking through the surface before disappearing back under the waves. This continued for a few minutes before they were out of sight. A few stragglers continued to appear before they too vanished into the distance.




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Free transit on New Year’s Eve in Metro Vancouver

Open fare gates for New Year's Eve

No fares for New Year’s Eve on TransLink service starting at 5:00 pm

Going out to ring in 2016? , you can do so without having to pay for transit. TransLink is letting you ride for free from 5:00 pm on December 31st, 2014 until 5:00 am on January 1st, 2016 on SkyTrain, SeaBus and regular bus service.

SkyTrain service will be extended by an hour with the last Expo Line train leaving Waterfront at 2:20 am, the last Millennium Line train leaves for VCC-Clark at 1:35 am and the Last Canada Line train leaving Waterfront for YVR-Airport at 2:05 am and at 2:15 am for Richmond-Brighouse.

The last SeaBus from Lonsdale Quay leaves at 2:02 am and while the last SeaBus leaves Waterfront at 2:22 am.

All transit, with the exception of the West Coast Express (which will not operate), will run on Sunday/holiday hours on January 1st, 2016.

Boruto gets own manga series with new artist and writer

The Naruto story continues in print with Boruto becoming serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Two new names will be added to the monthly instalments of this new story with writer Ukyo Kodachi and artist Mikio Ikemoto under guidance by series creator Masashi Kishimoto.

In addition to the monthly series, a single issue of Boruto from Kishimoto will also appear in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Both the monthly and single issue of Boruto will appear concurrently in the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump in the spring of 2016.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump

New Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III teaser from Jump Festa 2015

Square Enix has uploaded yet another video of the two Kingdom Hearts titles coming to the PlayStation 4 in the near future: Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III.

The five-and-a-half minute teaser shown at Jump Festa 2015 gives a closer look at the collection of games and cinematics that make up Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue — a remastered version of the Nintendo 3DS title Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, a visual story called Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Back Cover and a short adventure from Aqua’s view in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage–.

Additional footage from Kingdom Hearts III includes a closer look at world from the Disney feature film Tangled, as well as battles around Twilight Town. A new attack, Attraction Flow, makes its debut in helping Sora deal with hordes of enemies. Sora can lock on to numerous targets and leap into action with the keyblade. With Shooting Ride, Sora can hop into a cart with a mounted gun and don a visor with a unique heads-up display to take on multiple foes at once.

Both Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue and Kingdom Hearts III are still being worked on, but only the former has a projected release date sometime in 2016.

Source: YouTube

Last two fighters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS – Corrin and Bayonetta

Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, announced the last two playable characters in the last Nintendo Direct streaming video for the title.


Corrin from Fire Emblem Fates joins the Super Smash Bros. cast!

Corrin joins Super Smash Bros. from Fire Emblem Fates, a title for the Nintendo 3DS scheduled to launch in 2016. With dragon’s blood pulsing through his veins, Corrin can use this power to unleash devastating attacks against any opponents. And like Wii Fit Trainer, Villager and Robin (another Fire Emblem character), there are two versions of Corrin: male or female. Corrin will be available for download at $4.99 individually or at $5.99 in both games.



Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series joins the Super Smash Bros. cast!

Bayonetta, from the aptly titled Bayonetta series, completes the all-star cast of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. As the most requested character from the worldwide Fighter Ballot, Bayonetta brings her witty attitude and deadly repertoire into battle. Accompanying this stylish witch is her own personal stage: the Umbra Clock Tower. Moving platforms and an alternate dimension should make anyone fearful of going face to face with Bayonetta on her own turf. Bayonetta and the Umbra Clock Tower stage will be available for download at $5.99 individually or at $6.99 in both games.

Source: Nintendo

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens brightens up those dark winter evenings!

One of the more impressive displays of Christmas lights has been strung up around the VanDusen Botanical Gardens for the Festival of Lights. Over a million lights have been placed to bring joy and wonder to the gardens with activities the whole family can enjoy.

A break in the stormy weather that rolled over Metro Vancouver during the last week offered somewhat dry, yet windy opportunity to make my first visit to the Festival of Lights. Although I’ve been in VanDusen before, seeing it transformed with the brilliant displays after dark is just that more magical. Of course, I had my camera with me and many of the pictures I took are available on Gallery.

The Festival of Lights runs until December 31st, 2015. Tickets can be purchased in person or in advance online through the VanDusen Botanical Gardens web site. Tickets purchased are also good for Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lights ring the pond and fountain A water wheel at work bathed in blue lights Cleverly recycled plastic bottles make beautiful tulip lamps
Lighting the way You're a mean one, Mr Grinch... Floating disco balls reflect the light in a unique decoration

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