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

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.