Sunday, June 22, 2014

July 8, 2014: Annual General Meeting of the Canada-Japan Society, featuring an all-inclusive reception and Japanese music and art

The Canada Japan Society (CJS) cordially invites our members and friends to our 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!

Once again, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the beautiful offices of McMillan LLP, featuring a spectacular view of Toronto from the 44th floor! The evening will start off with the formalities of the AGM when we will provide an overview of what the CJS has done this past year and outline our goals for the upcoming year and future. Other topics will include the important election of the 2014/15 Board of Directors (non-members will not be allowed to vote).

Our event will also include a presentation from Elizabeth Forrest, a local Canadian artist/printmaker who spent 11 years in Japan and specializes in Mokuhanga, or woodblock printing, and a performance by Linda Caplan, Canada’s premiere Koto and Shamisen musician. 

And don’t forget about our always popular ALL INCLUSIVE RECEPTION featuring great JAPANESE FOOD and DRINKS.  Admission to the AGM is FREE for current CJS members and $20 for non-CJS members.

Finally, our AGM is a great opportunity for members to renew their annual membership and for non-members to join CJS.  For ONE NIGHT ONLY, if you renew your membership or join CJS, we are offering the following discount:
* Student or Senior Membership $20 (SAVE $5)
* Regular Membership $40 (SAVE $10)

With membership in the CJS, you will get:

• Free admittance to the AGM (worth $20)
• Free admission to all Ichimoku-kai events throughout the year
• Invitations to members-only events
• Discounted admission to other events.

Please note: if you would like to attend the AGM, you MUST RSVP to  Thank you!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:oo…please come early if you are renewing your membership)
The Offices of McMillan LLP
44th floor, Bay/Wellington Tower
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Toronto

Admission: FREE for CJS Members, $20 for Non-CJS Members

For more information or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeff via Facebook or at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 23, 2014: "The Kiyosu Conference" at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Canada Japan Society is proud to present the second of two films, "The Kiyosu Conference" (清須会議), at the 3rd Annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF), which is running from June 12-27, 2014 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. The CJS is offering DISCOUNTED TICKETS at $10 each for those interested in going.

"The Kiyosu Conference" is a hilarious offering from well-known director Koki Mitani (Rajio no Jikan, The Ushouten Hoteru, The Magic Hour), starring a veritable who’s-who of Japan’s biggest actors, including Koji Yakusho, Yo Oizumi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Koichi Sato, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tadano Asano, Kyoka Suzuki, Miki Nakatani and Ayane Goriki. Loosely based on an historic epic that takes place at Kiyosu Castle in 1582, the movie tells the story of finding a successor to warlord Nobunaga Oda, who along with his oldest son and heir apparent, has been killed. Powerful clan members gather for a mental struggle involving wildly varied, hilarious strategies, shifting alliances, bargaining, cunning and deceit.

If you would like to purchase discounted tickets at $10 each, please contact Jeff at 

(Japanese with English subtitles)
Monday, June 23, 2014
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1z5
tel: 416.441.2345
Discounted tickets $10 each (

Friday, June 13, 2014

The CJS Presents "The Ravine of Goodbye さよなら渓谷" at the TJFF!

The CANADA JAPAN SOCIETY (CJS) is proud to present TWO films at the 3rd Annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival running from June 12th-27th, 2014 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Naturally we are offering DISCOUNTED TICKETS at $10 each for those interested in going.
 Our FIRST showing will be director Tatsushi Omori’s dramatic adaptation of the Shuichi Yoshida novel, The Ravine of Goodbye. This dark and often disturbing look at male violence and guilt, female victimization, and power offers an award-winning performance by Yoko Maki as the female lead.
Warning! This movie contains adult scenes and may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older.


The Ravine of Goodbye
 Thursday, June 19th
 Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1z5
 Tel: 416.441.2345
 Discounted tickets $10 each (
Summary: Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival, Tatsushi Omori’s adaptation of Shuichi Yoshida’s novel is a superbly acted drama (Yoko Maki received the Japanese Academy Award for her performance) dealing with the themes of male violence and guilt, female victimization and power. 

 A baby is killed. The baby’s mother Satomi is arrested as the prime suspect but suspicion also swirls around her seemingly happy neighbors Shunsuke and Kanako. Watanabe, a reporter also investigating the case, discovers a shocking crime in Shunsuke’s past: his involvement in a brutal rape case 15 years earlier. But what relevance could this history have to present circumstances? An unforgettable, brutal and harrowing exploration of “the extremities of love.” 
18+ – This film is unrated but may only be viewed by persons 18 years of age or older. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Friday, May 30, 2014

June 5, 2014: Sake Tasting at CJS Ichimoku-kai

Canada-Japan Society is proud to present the return of SAKE TASTING at ICHIMOKU-KAI!

Ichimoku-kai (IMK) literally means the “first Thursday meeting” and since 1995 it has been the Canada-Japan Society’s signature monthly social event, naturally taking place on the first Thursday of every month.  It is a great place to informally network, make new and interesting friends, practise your Japanese or English, and – most of all – have a good time!  Usually, half the attendees are Japanese and half are Canadian, all with an interest in or connection to Japan.  Attendees receive special food and drink discounts and have the chance to win some exciting door prizes.

This month we will feature a special SAKE TASTING featuring a variety of Junmai, Junmai Ginjo, and Junmai Daiginjo Sakes, as well as a selection of Shochu and Umeshu, courtesy of OZAWA Canada (

Ichimoku-kai doors open at 6:00pm. Sake Tasting begins at 7:00pm. Sake tasting tickets begin at $1 each.

(For those of you who aren’t into sake, no worries. Everyone is welcome to join in the regular Ichimoku-kai festivities while the sake tasting is going on.)

We hope to see you there - and come early for a good seat!


Thursday, June 5, 2014
6-10 pm
Manpuku Japanese Restaurant105 McCaul Street
Units 29-31 (in the Village by the Grange building, south of the Food Court)

There is a $5 cover charge for non-CJS members. Discounts are available for groups of three or more people.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May 20, 2014: CJS Presents Professor Ted Goossen talking about HARUKI MURAKAMI, MONKEY BUSINESS and more!

The Canada Japan Society presents Professor Ted Goossen Talking About Haruki Murakami, Monkey Business, and More!

Join us on the evening of May 20, 2014 for a wild and wacky look at today's Japanese literature and the booming global popularity of Haruki Murakami. Includes readings from Haruki's first novella, “Hear the Wind Sing”, due to be published next year, and the fourth and latest issue of Monkey Business.

Ted Goossen is Professor of Humanities at York University in Toronto, and a founding member of the Department of Contemporary Literary Studies at the University of Tokyo. He has written extensively on Japanese literature and film, and has published translations of works by Haruki Murakami, Hiromi Kawakami, Yukio Mishima and Yoko Ogawa among others. He is editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and is presently co-editor, with Motoyuki Shibata, of Monkey Business International, the first Japanese literary magazine to be made available in an English version.

Admission is FREE but please RSVP to

Tuesday May 20, 2014
6:00 p.m Doors open, registration
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Talk
The Japan Foundation, 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1R1