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.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 7, 2014: It's August Ichimoku-kai (IMK) at Manpuku

If it's hot like a Tokyo summer night, then why not embrace it? Join us at the Canada Japan Society’s ICHIMOKU-KAI at Manpuku Japanese Restaurant on Thursday, August 7th for a great evening of cultural exchange, tasty Japanese food, cold drinks, door prizes, and lots of fun!

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.

We hope to see you there - and come early for a good seat!

Thursday, August 7, 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.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

July 8, 2014: Annual General Meeting of the Canada-Japan Society, featuring an all-inclusive reception and Japanese music and art

The Canada Japan Society (CJS) cordially invites our members and friends to our 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!

Once again, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the beautiful offices of McMillan LLP, featuring a spectacular view of Toronto from the 44th floor! The evening will start off with the formalities of the AGM when we will provide an overview of what the CJS has done this past year and outline our goals for the upcoming year and future. Other topics will include the important election of the 2014/15 Board of Directors (non-members will not be allowed to vote).

Our event will also include a presentation from Elizabeth Forrest, a local Canadian artist/printmaker who spent 11 years in Japan and specializes in Mokuhanga, or woodblock printing, and a performance by Linda Caplan, Canada’s premiere Koto and Shamisen musician. 

And don’t forget about our always popular ALL INCLUSIVE RECEPTION featuring great JAPANESE FOOD and DRINKS.  Admission to the AGM is FREE for current CJS members and $20 for non-CJS members.

Finally, our AGM is a great opportunity for members to renew their annual membership and for non-members to join CJS.  For ONE NIGHT ONLY, if you renew your membership or join CJS, we are offering the following discount:
* Student or Senior Membership $20 (SAVE $5)
* Regular Membership $40 (SAVE $10)

With membership in the CJS, you will get:

• Free admittance to the AGM (worth $20)
• Free admission to all Ichimoku-kai events throughout the year
• Invitations to members-only events
• Discounted admission to other events.

Please note: if you would like to attend the AGM, you MUST RSVP to  Thank you!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014
6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:oo…please come early if you are renewing your membership)
The Offices of McMillan LLP
44th floor, Bay/Wellington Tower
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Toronto

Admission: FREE for CJS Members, $20 for Non-CJS Members

For more information or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeff via Facebook or at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 23, 2014: "The Kiyosu Conference" at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival

The Canada Japan Society is proud to present the second of two films, "The Kiyosu Conference" (清須会議), at the 3rd Annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival (TJFF), which is running from June 12-27, 2014 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. The CJS is offering DISCOUNTED TICKETS at $10 each for those interested in going.

"The Kiyosu Conference" is a hilarious offering from well-known director Koki Mitani (Rajio no Jikan, The Ushouten Hoteru, The Magic Hour), starring a veritable who’s-who of Japan’s biggest actors, including Koji Yakusho, Yo Oizumi, Fumiyo Kohinata, Koichi Sato, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tadano Asano, Kyoka Suzuki, Miki Nakatani and Ayane Goriki. Loosely based on an historic epic that takes place at Kiyosu Castle in 1582, the movie tells the story of finding a successor to warlord Nobunaga Oda, who along with his oldest son and heir apparent, has been killed. Powerful clan members gather for a mental struggle involving wildly varied, hilarious strategies, shifting alliances, bargaining, cunning and deceit.

If you would like to purchase discounted tickets at $10 each, please contact Jeff at 

(Japanese with English subtitles)
Monday, June 23, 2014
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1z5
tel: 416.441.2345
Discounted tickets $10 each (