Monday, September 29, 2014

October 2, 2014: Japanese and English Book Swap at Ichimoku-kai (IMK)

Yet another great event is happening in October: Ichimoku-kai (IMK), CJS's longest-running event, and this month featuring our Japanese and English Book Swap on Thursday, October 2 at Manpuku Japanese Restaurant!

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.

How does the JAPANESE & ENGLISH BOOK SWAP work? Simply bring your unwanted Japanese or English books to IMK and trade them for others. Any type of book is OK - textbooks, cookbooks, Manga, Fiction, Non-Fiction, magazines…. anything really! There will be no charge for the books, and anyone can take whatever they like! (We only ask that if no one has taken any books that you bring that you take them home at the end of the evening as we have no place to store them...)

ALSO... People who come to IMK will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for ROM Friday Night Live on October 10, another CJS special event!  For more information on that event, click here.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 2, 2014
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.

October 10, 2014: CJS Special Event at the Royal Ontario Museum: the return of ROM Friday Night Live!

The CJS is extremely excited to announce the return of FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) with a special opportunity to attend the Thursday, October 10 “THANK YOU CANADA” event at a discounted price!

If you have not heard of "Friday Night Live" at the ROM, this is a great chance to check out what all the fuss is about!  It's a series of events featuring an adults-only environment with music, dancing, food and drinks, all in the incredible atmosphere and awesome space of the ROM, and for your added enjoyment,  this evening will have a distinctly Canadian theme. You won't want to miss it!

CJS is offering ispecial $10 discounted tickets for this event, along with "VIP access" through a special entrance at ROM, i.e. no waiting in the long line with everyone else.  Please note: the ticket price includes admission, and you must be at least 19 to attend (photo ID required). Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event at reasonable prices.

If you are interested in attending, you will have to act FAST!  CJS has a limited number of tickets and we are offering them on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available for sale at the upcoming Ichimoku-kai at Manpuku Japanese restaurant on October 2.  

For more information about Friday Night Lights: Planet Asia, please visit the ROM website.

Thank you - and we hope to see you there!

Friday, October 10, 2014
Doors open at 7 PM
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queens Park, Toronto 
(Avenue Road and Bloor St. W., right at Museum subway station)
Adults only, 19+ event (photo ID required)
$10 admission (food and drinks available for purchase)
Please come to IMK to purchase your ticket (maximum 2 per person)

October 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014: Anime at The Revue

Anime fans in Toronto! The Japan Foundation, in conjunction with community partners, will hold four free screenings of Japanese animated films at the historic Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto.

The titles include cult classics Cyborg 009 (1980) and The Dagger of Kamui (1985) and the children’s film Mai Mai Miracle (2009). The series will conclude with a screening of Akira (1988), one anime’s most influential and beloved films.

All four films will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles, using 35mm film prints. Please note: tickets for Akira are sold out, but other films are still available (at the time of this post). 

For more information, please visit The Japan Foundation website.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Japanese Films at the Toronto International Film Festival

It’s that time of year again.  The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing and has a wide and varied selection of the newest Japanese flicks and movies with Japanese actors….there’s something for everyone!  For tickets and more information please visit .
Tokyo Tribe (Dir: Sion Sono, Cast: Ryohei Suzuki, Shota Sometani)
Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (Dir: Shinya Tsukamoto, Cast: Tatsuya Nakamura, Riri Furanki, Shinya Tsukamoto)
Kabukicho Love Hotel (Sayonara Kabukicho) (Dir: Ryuichi Hiroki, Cast: Shota Sometani, Atsuko Maeda, Roy)
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Yume to Kyoki no Okoku) (Dir: Mami Sunada, Cast: Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, Isao Takahata)
Over Your Dead Body (Kuime)(Dir: Takashi Miike, Cast: Ebizo Ichikawa, Ko Shibasaki, Hideaki Ito)
Still the Water (Futasume no Mado)(Dir: Naomi Kawase, Cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinata)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguyahime no Monogatari)(Dir: Isao Takahata, Cast(Voice): Aki Asakura, Yukiji Asakura)
The World of Kanako (Kawaki)(Dir: Tetsuya Nakashima, Cast: Koji Yakusyo, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki)
Tokyo Fiancee (Dir: Stefan Liberski Cast: Taichi Inoue, Pauline Etienne
Hill of Freedom (Jiyugaoka 8chome) – Korean Film (Dir: Hong Sang-soo, Cast: Ryo Kase, Sori Moon)
Sway – Thai Film (Dir: Rooth Tang, Cast: Kazuhiko Nishimura, Ananda Everingham)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Survey on Experience with Japanese Culture

Are you a non-Japanese citizen who has ever lived in or visited Japan?  Have you ever visited a shrine or temple while you were there?
Ayaka Monzen, an international studies student at a Japanese university, is preparing a thesis on the foreign perspective of religion in Japan.  She has prepared a brief 10-question survey and is asking non-Japanese who have lived in Japan to participate in the survey and share their thoughts on religion in Japan.
If you meet these criteria and would like to participate in the survey, please follow this link:
Thank you for your time.