Monday, November 2, 2015

November 30th, 2015 - The CJS BOUNENKAI Is Coming...With an Okinawan Twist!

The holiday season is fast approaching….and there is no better way to start it off than with the Canada Japan Society’s legendary BOUNENKAI 忘年会 celebration and party on Monday, November 30th! 
Bounenkai literally means “forget the year party” and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the end of another successful year and banish any negative memories you might have of 2015….all while getting you ready for the start of the holiday season! The tradition is said to have begun in Japan during the 15th century during the Muromachi period as gatherings to express thanks. At that time, the parties were known as noukai (great achievement gathering). By the 18th century, they had become known as bounenkai, or year-end parties. Bounenkai is seen as a time for letting one's hair down and not worrying about the everyday work or societal formal, rank or age division relationships that exist…..everyone just comes out to have a good time! 

 The CJS is building on our successful Bounenkai events of years past with this, our largest party of the year. We would love to have you join this event and enjoy an evening of meeting new people with a connection/interest in Japan, reconnecting with those you haven’t seen for a while, informal networking, practicing your English and/or Japanese, learning more about the Canada Japan Society, and most of all…..have a great time!

This year we’re switching things up a bit and adding an OKINAWAN twist to the evening by hosting the event this year at RYOJI RAMEN & IZAKAYA!  Admission includes lots of great Japanese and Okinawan food, drink specials and our ever famous door prizes!

Monday, November 30th, 2015
 6 P.M. to 12 A.M.
 690 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C1 (just East of Ossington)
 CJS Members and Students $20
 Non-Members $25
 Admission includes lots of great food. Cash Bar. 

We are capping numbers this year at around 100, so IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND YOU MUST RSVP to!  First come, first served!  We hope to see you there.

November 5th, 2015 - Don't Miss The Last Ichimokukai Of The Year!

Wow…time flies….it’s already almost November and the LAST ICHIMOKUKAI of the year is fast approaching! That’s right…this is the last one of the year as we build toward our long standing, ever famous BOUNENKAI end of year party! Details to be announced soon.

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, November 5th, 2015
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


Friday, October 23, 2015


The Canada Japan Society is proud to once again be a sponsor for the TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, taking place from November 5 to 15th, 2015.

This year we are co-sponsoring THREE J movies with a Japanese theme.

MISS HOKUSAI – Directed by Keiichi Hara, and based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, this anime feature is the untold story of artist O-Ei, aka Katsushika Oi, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father (Katsushika Hokusai ) in the late Edo Period.

Saturday November 7, 2015 @ 9:00 pm  | AGO Jackman Hall

BALI BIG BROTHER – Directed by Toshio Lee, and adapted from Sho Kuroiwa’s best seller If You Work Abroad You Can Become a Tycoon, this film is a charming comedy with an all-star cast that transports the audience to the tropical paradise of Bali, while reminding everyone that wealth requires responsibility and happiness is simply a state of mind.

Sunday November 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm     | AGO Jackman Hall

INITIATION LOVE Directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko, Initiation Love tells the story of awkward and overweight Yuki Suzuki. Invited as a filler on group date, he meets the pretty and disarmingly forthright Mayu (Maeda Atsuko). After Mayu gifts him a pair of Nikes, Yuki promises to take up running and get in shape…once he does an off-kilter love triangle ensues!

 Thursday November 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm              | Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 

CANADA JAPAN SOCIETY members can use promo code “astro19” to save 25% off regular ticket prices (online sales only…NOT valid for “Initiation Love” at the JCCC).  Feel free to use the code for most Reel Asian films you book online.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Royal Ontario Museum Daytime Lecture with Dr. Asato Ikeda: A Transnational History of Japanese Prints: the Inuit-Japan Exchange of the 1950s

Royal Ontario Museum Daytime Lecture with Dr. Asato Ikeda: A Transnational History of Japanese Prints: the Inuit-Japan Exchange of the 1950s

Thursday, December 10
11AM TO 12PM
Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6)...

FREE with admission to the ROM

Come on out to hear in person Dr. Ikeda’s presentation on the Inuit-Japan Exchange of the 1950’s!

Based on the true story of Canadian artist James Houston, ROM's Asato Ikeda takes you on an intercontinental journey between Canada's Far North and Japan. Explore the artistic exchange between Inuit and Japanese printmakers in the mid-Twentieth Century, and its impact on the history of Japanese woodblock prints.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ramen Fun with the Canada Japan Society!


The Canada Japan Society invites everyone to our FIRST Ramen Social Event at RAMEN RAIJIN on Wednesday October 21st from 6-8pm.

Ramen Raijin is named one of the top 5 ramen restaurants in Toronto according to,, and The Globe and Mail. Raijin was also recently visited and interviewed by the Yokohama Ramen Museum.

Raijin's wonderful regular menu will be can order whatever your favourites are (if you are curious you can pre-check the menu on their website above).

Exclusively for the CJS, Raijin will be offering an optional off-menu SAKE TASTING with a special selection brought over from Zakkushi Izakaya.

Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, October 21st
6 to 8 pm
Ramen Raijin
3 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto ON M5B 2K8

Space is limited so Please RSVP by email to Sam Lai ( to attend