Sunday, January 18, 2015

March 12, 2015: KODO DRUMMERS return to Toronto!

For the first time in four years, Japan’s world famous KODO DRUMMERS are returning to Toronto! 

Tickets are on sale now for its ground-breaking new show “Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery”, which runs one night only - Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 8pm - at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts.

This second Kodo program to be directed by famed Kabuki artist Tamasaburo Bando represents an evolution of the group's new expression and promises to transport both seasoned fans and first-time viewers alike to uncharted artistic territory.

Ticket prices range from $55 - $95 (not including service or delivery fees if applicable). They can be can be purchased in person at the Sony Centre box office, over the phone at 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 30, 2015: CJS Movie Night Returns to Windup Bird Cafe!

The Canada-Japan Society is proud to re-introduce our long-running MOVIE NIGHT series at a *new location* in Toronto.  Please join us on Friday, January 30th (at 9 pm) at Windup Bird Cafe with a showing of Koki Mitani's award-winning comedy Rajio no Jikan (ラジオの時間) / "Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald", together with a live introduction to the world of cinematic sound effects by Goro Koyama, Emmy Award-winning foley artist. 

Rajio no Jikan tells the funny story of the cast and crew of the late-night broadcast of a radio drama. When no one is pleased with the project, it sets off a chain of events that changes every aspect of the story and forces everyone to participate in completing the drama - all live on the air. This film won 3 Japanese Academy Awards and was nominated for a host of others.

As a very special treat on this movie night, Goro Koyama will give what is sure to be an eye-opening - and ear-opening! - presentation all about movie sound effects. He has worked on such films as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, American Hustle, Cloverfield and the Japanese remake of The Unforgiven, and has recently created the creature sounds for a Japanese film KISEIJU (PARASYTE), which was based on a popular comic series.

In contrast to our movie nights at the now-defunct NFB Theatre, and thanks to the generosity of our hosts at Windup Bird Cafe, this will be a FREE event. We kindly ask people attending to show thanks to our hosts by ordering some of their wonderful food and drink.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Unlike similar movie nights held by CJS, space is extremely limited, so people interested in attending MUST RSVP in order to attend - anyone showing up at the event who is not on the guest list will be turned away.  To attend, please e-mail Jeff at as soon as possible.  

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Rajio no Jikan (ラジオの時間) / Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald
(in Japanese with English subtitles)
Friday, January 30, 2015
Doors Open at 9:00 pm
Windup Bird Cafe
382 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1S7
(North side of College Street, east of Bathurst)
FREE admission

Monday, December 29, 2014

January 8, 2015: Ichimoku-kai is happening on the *second* Thursday in January!

Happy New Year, CJS friends! Chilly out there, isn't it? Then why not come in from the cold for some Japanese comfort food, drink, and good company at January's Ichimoku-kai (IMK)? Normally, IMK would take place on the first Thursday of the month, but IMK will take place NEXT week on Thursday, January 8th.

Ichimoku-kai (IMK) 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. (Or the second, on very rare occasions! ;)

IMK 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.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 8, 2015
6-10 pm
Manpuku Japanese Restaurant
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.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

December 4, 2014: Canada Japan Society's BONENKAI (忘年会)

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means that it's almost time for the Canada Japan Society’s legendary BONENKAI (忘年会), our year-end celebration and party, on Thursday, December 4th!

Bonenkai literally means “forget the year party”. Always the biggest CJS party of the year, our Bonenkai is the perfect time to celebrate the end of another successful year as we all say goodbye to 2014.  

We hope you will join our event - come enjoy an evening of meeting new people with a connection/interest in Japan, reconnect with those you haven’t seen for a while, learn more about the Canada Japan Society, and most of all... have a great time!

As last year's Bonenkai was such a huge success, we are returning to AJI SAI PLUS RESTO LOUNGE on Yonge near Bloor for this year's party. The evening will include great food, door prizes, and more!  Admission is $15 for CJS members and students and $20 for non-members.  If you would like to attend, you MUST RSVP to

Thank you - and we hope to see you on December 4th!

Thursday, December 4, 2014
6 P.M. to 12 A.M.
637 Yonge St, 3 blocks south of Yonge/Bloor 
CJS Members and Students $15
Non-Members $20
Admission includes food. Cash Bar with super drink specials.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

November 12, 2014: CJS Presents "Fuku-Chan of Fukufuku Flats" at the Reel Asian Film Festival

The CJS is proud to continue our support of the Reel Asian Film Festival with a showing of FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS on Wednesday, November 12th at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

“Tatsuo “Fuku-chan” Fukuda (Miyuki Oshima) is a 32-year old painter living in a charmingly decrepit apartment complex called Fukufuku Flats. Since moving to Tokyo from rural Tochigi Prefecture, Fuku-chan has held down a steady job with a small construction firm where he spends his days channeling a long-held dream of becoming an artist into painting buildings. His lonely evenings are spent mediating disputes between the oddball denizens of Fukufuku Flats including a panty thief, a slack-jawed reptile enthusiast and an aspiring enka singer.

Fuku-chan is popular, kind, generous and well-liked by everyone around him. Romantically however, his shyness around women has rendered him a disaster. One day, an unfamiliar woman turns up at Fukufuku Flats. She is Chiho Sugiura (Asami Mizukawa), his first love from junior high school 20 years earlier, and the person responsible for the traumatizing incident that led to his fear of women….

This new film from Yosuke Fujita delivers all the idiosyncratic humour we expect from a Fujita film but with an added layer of pathos and emotional complexity. The film’s real revelation is the Miyuki Oshima, a popular television comedienne, who plays a male character in the lead role. Her miraculous performance as Fuku-chan earned her the Cheval Noir Best Actress Award at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival; it is deadpan hilarious but with a heart-rending emotional underpinnings. Oshima is ably supported by Fujita favourite Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Miyuki Oshima and Asami Mizukawa.” - TJFF

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
7:00 pm
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Regular $12
CJS Discount $10

Get your tickets before they sell out! Tickets can be purchased at 416-441-2345, or online through this linkPlease enter the Access Code FUKURO to get the CJS discount!

Hope to see you there!

Lisa Houston
CJS Communications Director