Monday, June 29, 2015

July 9th, 2015: July's ICHIMOKUKAI Will Be A NIMOKUKAI

That’s right, folks…..for July the Canada Japan Society’s Ichimokukai will become a NIMOKUKAI instead, held on the SECOND Thursday of the month. Same fun with intercultural exchange, great people, Japanese food, drinks, door prizes and more…..just a different date!

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, July 9th, 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.

Monday, June 8, 2015

June 23, 2015: Annual General Meeting of the Canada Japan Society and reception

The Canada Japan Society (CJS) cordially invites our members and friends to our 2015 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd!

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 2015/16 Board of Directors (non-members will not be allowed to vote).

The evening will also include a special presentation about cinematic sound effects by Goro Koyama, Emmy Award-winning foley artist.   Goro Koyama 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. 

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 (who have paid membership dues for the current year) 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 admission 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
• Voting rights to elect the board of directors

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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 current, paid CJS Members, $20 for Non-CJS Members

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 15, 2015: Canadian premiere of "WOOD JOB!" at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival

Canada Japan Society (CJS) is sponsoring the Canadian premiere on Monday, June 15 of the film "WOOD JOB!" 「ウッジョブ – 神去なあなあ日常」as part of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) from June 11-26. 

This charming coming-of-age comedy/drama by Shinobu Yaguchi, (Waterboys, Swing Girls, Robo-G) is based on a popular novel by Shion Miura. Having flunked his university entrance exams, 18-year-old Yuki Hirano decides to leave the city behind to take part in a one-year forestry programme, swayed not by a passion for lumberjack life but rather by the attractive girl in the recruiting brochure. Knowing little of what lies ahead, Yuki winds up in rural Kamusari, a small village deep in the mountains, far from modern conveniences and facing a much tougher challenge than anticipated. The story, rich with ancient mythology and Japanese forest legend, has drawn praise from Studio Ghibli animation filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki.

CJS is proud to be a part of this excellent showcase of contemporary Japanese film, and we hope you all come out to the Canadian premiere of WOOD JOB!

Tickets are $12 for the general public and can be ordered online ( or by phone to 416-441-2345.

WOOD JOB! ウッジョブ – 神去なあなあ日常
Directed and written by Shinobu Yaguchi, based on the novel by Shion Miura
Stars: Shota Sometani, Masami Nagasawa, Hideaki Ito
Monday, June 15, 2015
Start time: 7PM
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5)
Tel: 416.441.2345

Sunday, May 31, 2015

June 4, 2015: Join us at Ichimoku-kai (IMK)

Join us at the cozy and lively Ichimoku-kai (IMK) on Thursday, June 4th at Manpuku Japanese Restaurant for a great evening of cultural exchange, "oishii" Japanese food and 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, June 4, 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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 29, 2015: CJS May Movie Night is the modern classic "Mr. Baseball"

The boys of summer are back and the Canada Japan Society is ready to "play ball!" with a showing of one of the best baseball comedies ever made, "MR. BASEBALL"!  

Tom Selleck - famous for TV shows Magnum PI, Friends, and Blue Bloods, among many films - stars as an aging baseball player from the New York Yankees who is traded to the Chunichi Dragons. He’s in for a rough time, having to adapt to an unfamiliar culture, a seemingly humorless manager, and his own professional and social insecurities… It's one of the best 'east-west clash of culture' films, and those who have been to Japan might well relate to what the main character goes through!

This light-hearted comedy mixed with romance and intercultural hilarity features some great performances by Selleck, and features the late, great Ken Takakura in one of three Hollywood movies he made in his career.
Whether you like baseball or not, you’ll have a great time watching Japanese and American cultures interact, and gain an appreciation for their difference - and similarities.

(Now if only someone would make a comedy starring Munenori Kawasaki about playing baseball in the major leagues in Canada... Hmm...)

Admission is FREE, but in return we kindly ask that you support our hosts by ordering some of their delicious food and drink, courtesy of award-winning chef Yumiko Kobayashi.  She has prepared a special late night menu featuring some of the best Belgian style waffle sandwiches to be had in Toronto - and the duck-fat fries are pretty good as well!

PLEASE NOTE: SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED SO PLEASE RSVP to jeff@cjst.caHope to see you there!

Mr. Baseball (1992)
English & Japanese with English Subtitles
Starring: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura , and Toshi Shioya 
Friday, May 29, 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
GUESTS MUST RSVP to to attend