Monday, May 23, 2016

June 11, 2016 - Movies at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2016

The Canada Japan Society is proud to be a sponsor once again this year at the 5th Annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5), from June 9-23rd, 2016. This year we are proud to sponsor TWO films at this great showcase of contemporary Japanese films - The Emperor in August (日本のいちばん長い日) and Pearls of the Stone Man (愛を積むひと).

For Ticket Information please go to:

THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST (日本のいちばん長い日)Saturday, June 11th, 7PM
Runtime: 135 min / 2015
Director: Masato Harada
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Tori Matsuzaka
Canadian Premiere

Masato Harada’s (Kakekomi, Chronicle of My Mother) powerful political drama tells the little known story of Japan’s surrender in the Pacific War.
It is August 1945 and Japan debates whether to end the war and open up peace negotiations through the Potsdam Declaration. Atomic weapons strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The War Council, established on behalf of the Emperor, assigns popular military general Anami as Minister of the Army. However, Anami has a seemingly impossible task ahead: reconciling his desire to see his nation’s sovereignty preserved and the military’s resistance to accepting defeat with his Emperor’s wish for peace.

監督:原田眞人  出演:役所広司、本木雅弘、山崎努、堤真一、松坂桃李

Saturday, June 11th, 1:30 PM 
Runtime: 125 min / 2015
Director: Yuzo Asahara
Starring: Koichi Sato, Kanako Higuchi, Keiko Kitagawa, Shuhei Nomura, Hana Sugisaki
North American Premiere

Earnest and hard-working, Atsushi has spent most of his life obsessed with his work. Retiring to Hokkaido with his loving wife Ryoko, he can’t seem to figure out what to do with himself. Out of concern, Ryoko asks Atsushi to build a stone wall around their country home and a troubled local boy is recruited to help. Ryoko discovers she has a terminal heart condition but hides the diagnosis from Atsushi as their daughter, estranged for many years, comes back on the scene. A powerful and heartfelt story of love, loss and reconciliation, based on the novel by Edward Mooney Jr.

*Proceeds from the screening will be donated in support of those suffering as a result of the April Earthquakes in Kyushu.


監督:朝原雄三 出演:佐藤浩市、樋口可南子、北川景子、野村周平、杉咲花


Thursday, May 19, 2016

June 15, 2016 - CJS Izakaya Night!

The Canada-Japan Society will be hosting it's first Izakaya Night!
Come join us at Kingyo toronto (51B Winchester Street, Toronto) on Wed June 15, 2016 @ 6:30pm for an evening of delicious food and good company!
Kingyo was rated as one of the top 5 izakayas of Toronto by Blogto in 2013.

Kingyo will be serving us a customized set-course tasting menu for us, consisting of:
Stone bowl mushroom tofu (1pc/ person)
Garlic tuna tataki (2pcs/ person)
Beef tataki salad (1/3 portion of regular order)
Beef tongue (2 pcs/ person)
Chicken karaage (2 pcs/ person)
Ebi-Mayo (2 pcs/ person)
Abiri Saba Battera (2 pcs/ person)
Spicy chopped tuna Battera (2 pcs/ person)
Price will be $33.75/person (tax/tips INCLUDED).

Tickets must be bought ONLINE, and are on sale NOW!

If you'd like to order drinks and/or additional food, please bring CASH, as they will only issue one bill for large groups.
Space is limited. Please purchase your ticket before they're sold out. Headcount will be finalized by June 12 at 5:00pm.
For more information please contact

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monday, May 9th - CJS Private Tour of the ROM's New Exhibit: "A THIRD GENDER: BEAUTIFUL YOUTHS IN JAPANESE PRINTS"

The Canada Japan Society is proud to offer our members and guests a special behind the scenes tour of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)’s new woodblock print exhibit “A THIRD GENDER: BEAUTIFUL YOUTHS IN JAPANESE PRINTS”. The tour will be led by the exhibit’s curator Dr. Asato Ikeda  池田安里 and will take place on May 9th at 4PM sharp.
Monday, May 9th
ROM, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
4PM sharp

Tickets are extremely limited so if you would like to go you must RSVP to no later than COB May 8th). 
Attendees simply purchase a regular admission to the ROM (valid for the entire day) and meet up at the feet of the dinosaur in the main lobby area at 3:45pm.  The tour will start at 4PM sharp so if you are late you will have to find us!
There will be a small nijikai after the tour as well at a close by location.  We will be limited to 15 seats for this, so please let Mark know in your RSVP if you plan on attending this as well.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Inaugural CJS Billiards Night – Tuesday, April 26th

And now for something completely different - Please join the Canada Japan Society's first ever billiards event! Whether you are a seasoned billiards pro, or just looking for an opportunity to meet up with other people and have a good time in a social setting different from the usual scene, please come on out.
VIP Lounge & Billiards Club
385 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M5B1S1
Tuesday, April 26th 7 PM - 9 PM

The cover will be $20 per person, including two hours of time on the billiards table and a selection of pub food as part of the package. We have space for up to 24 players, so please let us know if you are interested.

BEvERages are sold separately, and as the hall is licensed, please ensure that you bring valid photo ID with you.

As the venue is providing food, final attendance will need to be confirmed the week leading up to the event.
Please RSVP to to attend!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 - March ICHIMOKUKAI at Manpuku!

Spring is almost here (well at least in Japan)….Please come out and keep warm with great Japanese food, drinks, and fun at the Canada Japan Society’s ICHIMOKUKAI!
Ichimokukai literally means the "first Thursday meeting" and since 1995 it has been the Canada Japan Society of Toronto's monthly social event, naturally on the first Thursday of every month. It is a great place to make new friends, practice your English and/or Japanese, informally network, learn more about life in Canada and Japan, and most of all have fun! Our attendees are usually around 50 percent Canadian and 50 percent Japanese, all with a common interest or connection with Japan. At IMK you will receive special food and drink discounts, get to talk to lots of interesting people, and have the chance to win some exciting door prizes. 

We hope to see you there!

Come early to ensure a good seat!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
6-10 pm 
105 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