Thursday, June 29, 2017

CJS Annual General Meeting - Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

The Canada-Japan Society’s AGM is a little less than one week away, so there is still time to register for the meeting and it’s ALL-INCLUSIVE reception with Japanese food and drink, and spectacular view of Toronto and Lake Ontario.
For those who are still on the fence, we are pleased to announce that in addition to our keynote presentation by Toronto writer Rui Umezawa, our reception will feature live music by the talented musician and percussionist Naoko Tsujita, who will be performing a selection of traditional Japanese, classical, and modern marimba pieces.
The admission fee is $25 for non-members, but admission to the AGM is included in the membership fee for those joining the CJS or renewing a CJS membership that evening ($25 for student/senior, $50 for regular).

Date: Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
Time: 6 PM
Place: McMillan LLP - 181 Bay street, 44th floor

Those wishing to attend must send an RSVP to steve@cjst.ca to ensure that you are on the attendees list.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 20, 2017 - Toronto Japanese Film Festival - CJS Sponsored Film SURVIVAL FAMILY

The Canada Japan Society is once again proud to be a community sponsor at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. This year we’re sponsoring the Canadian Premiere of SURVIVAL FAMILY (サバイバルファミリー) by Shinobu Yaguchi (Wood Job!, Swing Girls and Water Boys).

When an extended global electrical blackout occurs, the world grinds to a halt. Salaryman Yoshiyuki Suzuki decides to escape from Tokyo with his wife and two kids. Their hilarious and heartfelt journey teaches them independence and cooperation as the kids grow up and the parents learn the error of their rigid paternalistic ways. They must also face and array of challenges including furious rainstorms, rabid dogs and runaway poultry!

This feel-good family-friendly, disaster comedy is guaranteed to please! Official Website and Trailer: http://www.survivalfamily.jp/

SURVIVAL FAMILY
Tuesday, June 20th at 7PM
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Ticket info can be found here: http://jccc.on.ca/tjff/tickets/

We hope to see everyone there!


「ウォーターボーイズ」「ハッピーフライト」の矢口史靖監督が、原因不明の電気消滅によって廃墟寸前となった東京から脱出した一家の奮闘をコミカルに描いたサバイバルドラマ。東京で暮らすごく平凡な一家、鈴木家。当たり前のように電化製品に囲まれた生活を送っていたある日、電気を必要とするあらゆるものがなぜか使えなくなり、東京は大混乱に陥ってしまう。交通機関や電話、ガス、水道まで完全にストップした生活に人々が困り果てる中、鈴木家の亭主関白な父・義之は、家族を連れて東京を脱出することを決意するが……。ベテラン俳優の小日向文世が父親役で主演を務め、母親役を深津絵里、息子役を「秘密 THE TOP SECRET」の泉澤祐希、娘役を「くちびるに歌を」の葵わかながそれぞれ演じる。
(映画.comより)

監督:矢口史靖  出演:小日向文世、深津絵里、泉澤祐希、葵わかな

Thursday, May 25, 2017

June 1, 2017 - Ichimokukai ・一木会

The Canada Japan Society welcomes the return of LIVE JAZZ to our long-running monthly Ichimokukai event at Manpuku!

Ichimokukai (IMK) 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.

This month we’ll have a special live performance by Hiro Suzuki. Hiro is a jazz guitarist from Kanagawa who began playing guitar at age 13, and drums at 15. During college, he played in the orchestra pit for several musicals, including Hairspray and Bye Bye Birdie. After winning a jazz competition for college students in Tokyo (2012), he taught guitar at Kurosawa Music School for over 3 years. He currently performs and teaches in Toronto.

We hope to see you there and please come early to ensure a good seat!

Ichimokukai
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
6-10 pm
Manpuku
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, April 2, 2017

April 6, 2017 - Ichimokukai ・一木会

Hi All! C’mon out and get a start on Spring with the Canada Japan Society at ICHIMOKUKAI! 

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!

Ichimokukai
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6-10 pm
Manpuku
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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

April 24, 2017 - CJS Sake Tasting Party

The Canada-Japan Society Sake Tasting Party is BACK!!!!!

This is one of our most popular events, and we decided to change things up a bit with a NEW VENUE!

In collaboration with Ozawa Canada Inc., our sake-tasting event will be held at Nomé Izakaya!!

Date: Monday, April 24
Time: 7pm
Location: Nomé Izakaya, 4848 Yonge Street, North York (647) 347-7937

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Nomé Izakaya is a Japanese Tapas restaurant and lounge located at 4848 Yonge Street in North York.  It's steps away from Sheppard Subway Station. Nomé specializes in the freshest sashimi delicacies, boasting the Toronto’s best Oyster bar, and offers an extensive delicous menu.  

Nomé was named one of the best izakayas in Toronto by BlogTo.


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Ozawa Canada Inc. is a food service company specializing in Japanese foods, Japanese sake, and restaurant supplies. They're family-owned and operated, and have been in business for over 30 years. They're also the founding President of the Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO) and co-founded Kampai Toronto – Festival of Sake – Largest sake festival in Canada. They're also also long time partners and supporters of the CJS.

You can be rest assured these Sake Experts and will select an exceptional selection for us! (More details to follow)

Ozawa Canada Inc. will be giving each guest a wooden sake masu box as a gift!!


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We’ll have their entire 2nd Floor inside. NO COVER charge. Order from their delicious menu. Sake-tasting tickets sold onsite.

Space is limited. Email sam@cjst.ca to RSVP to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

April 7 - 9, 2017: Nagata Shachu presents Toronto Taiko Tales

Nagata Shachu's 18th annual concert and DVD/Bluray release "Toronto Taiko Tales" will  take place at the very intimate Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas St. East, Daniel Spectrum Building) in Regent Park. Space is limited so make sure to buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tickets:
Friday, April 7: http://regentparktaiko1.bpt.me
Saturday, April 8 @ 2 pm: http://regentparktaiko2.bpt.me
Saturday, April 8 @ 8pm: http://regentparktaiko2-8pm.bpt.me/
Sunday, April 9: http://regentparktaiko3.bpt.me

We are pleased to offer CJS members a $5 discount off their tickets.  They can obtain the discount by using the code CJS25 when purchasing online.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CJS Escape Room Adventure @ Mystery Room

Need a distraction from the long work week to lift your spirits? Do you enjoy solving puzzles and playing cooperative games? If so, then this event is for you. CJS is thrilled to be hosting its first ever outing to an escape room!

There are already hundreds of online games that involve solving puzzles, collecting items and deciphering riddles to unlock a door and successfully escape from the room you're in. At Mystery Room, you'll put yourself into that very same situation. You and a group of team mates will be forced to think outside the box and put your problem solving skills to the test if you want to escape successfully. Did I mention there's a time limit?

Date: Thursday, April 20

Time: 7 - 8 PM
Location: Mystery Room (419 Dundas St. West)
Cost: $22

The game will start promptly at 7 PM, so please try to arrive a few minutes early. The room we've reserved is called Vampire Story.

The cost for this event is $22 per person. Our reservation can accommodate up to 9 people; beyond that, anyone wishing to participate will be subject to the availability of the other rooms. For those that do not wish to join the escape room, Mystery Room also has a library of board games to enjoy for a reasonable rate. Please refer to the home page for further details about the venue.
http://www.mysteryroomonline.com/

Monday, February 27, 2017

March 17, 2017 - Japan Now Lecture Series - The Age of Three Emperors: The Direction of US Foreign Policy and the Future of US-Japan Relations

Continuing the Japan Now Lecture Series, the University of Toronto will be hosting Professor Tosh Minohara, who will be providing his commentary on the current political situation in the US and what potential effect it will have on the nation's relationship with Japan.


Date/Time: Friday, March 17, 2017 (2 - 4 PM)
Location: Jackman Conference Room, University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street, First Floor

For more details, please refer to the Munk School of Global Affairs event page here.

March 2nd, 2017 - Ichimokukai ・ 一木会

Hi All! There may not be any cherry blossoms here yet in Toronto but they’re going to arrive soon in Japan! C’mon out and get a start on Spring with the Canada Japan Society at ICHIMOKUKAI! We’re back to our regular schedule of the first Thursday of the month at the cozy confines of Manpuku.

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…..and get information on Bonenkai and a multitude of CJS upcoming events.

We hope to see you there!

Come early to ensure a good seat!

Ichimokukai 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6-10 pm
Manpuku
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, February 17, 2017

Japan Foundation Toronto - February Upcoming Events

This Family Day weekend and throughout the month of February, the Japan Foundation will be organizing a number of events including film screenings, art exhibitions, kabuki performances and more. To see the complete schedule, please check out the events calendar page on the Japan Foundation website (http://jftor.org/events/)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Japan Now Lecture Series: Mar. 10

The Consulate General of Japan in Toronto will be hosting a lecture series entitled GREEN JAPAN: COMBINING TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY on the afternoon of March 10 (2 - 4 PM) at the Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place, Room 108, North House). If you would be interested in attending this lecture, please register at http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/event/22


Refer to the official flyer here for full details: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzP-bdw9t9a1dUQ0Wk83eS1VSUE

Monday, January 30, 2017

February 2nd, 2017 - February ICHIMOKUKAI

Hello, everyone! We may not have much snow but it's still a bit cold out here….and there is nowhere better to get warm than with the Canada Japan Society at ICHIMOKUKAI! We’re back to our regular schedule of the first Thursday of the month at the cozy confines of Manpuku.





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…..and get information on Bonenkai and a multitude of CJS upcoming events.

We hope to see you there!

Come early to ensure a good seat!

Ichimokukai
Thursday, February 2, 2017
6-10 pm
Manpuku
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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

February 12, 2017th - Community Event - RAKUGO - TRADITIONAL JAPANESE COMIC STORY-TELLING (with English Subtitles)

Get ready to laugh this February! The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will host a “Rakugo-kai” with veteran Rakugo star Yanagiya Sankyo.
He became an apprentice to Yanagiya Kosan VI and received the high shin’uchi rank in 1981. A gifted performer, he is famous for his ability to portray the subtlest emotions of a character during a performance.
 
In rakugo, a lone storyteller in traditional garb sits on stage. Using only a paper fan (sensu) and a small cloth (tenugui) as props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical story. The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters, the difference between the characters depicted only through change in pitch, tone, and a slight turn of the head.  Absolutely fascinating and guaranteed to leave you laughing.
江戸時代から続く日本の伝統芸能の一つである落語。来年2017年 2月12日(日)に柳家さん喬師匠とお弟子さんの柳家喬之助さんを お招きして落語会が開催されます。さん喬師匠は近年より落語を通 して外国人に日本語と日本文化を紹介する活動を続けられていま す。まだまだ、寒さが続く2月、その寒さを笑いで吹き飛ばしましょう。
Date: Sunday February 12, 2017
Time: 2:00pm
Ticket: $12 (JCCC member); $17 (General) HST Included.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thursday January 12th 2017 – JAPAN NOW Lecture Series; “Japan’s Global Reach: Development Cooperation and Foreign Policy”


Our good friends at the Japanese Consulate in Toronto (in collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Munk School of Global Affairs) are continuing their JAPAN NOW Lecture series on Thursday, January 12th between 2 and 4pm at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (Munk School of Global Affairs)  Professor Akihiko Tanaka from the University of Tokyo will be presenting “Japan’s Global Reach: Development Cooperation and Foreign Policy”. 
 

Japan has been engaged in development cooperation throughout the world since the 1950s. The initial efforts of development cooperation were made to augment and reinforce the postwar settlements with the countries invaded by Japan. Japan’s development cooperation expanded quantitatively and geographically in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the projects conducted in this period illustrate Japan’s approach to international development cooperation, an approach that emphasizes both human capacity development and infrastructure building. Reviewing the history of Japan’s activities globally, Professor Tanaka would discuss challenges Japan faces in the 21st century as a civilian power.

Akihiko Tanaka is Professor of International Politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University Tokyo. He served as President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from April, 2012 to September, 2015. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and Ph.D. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has numerous books and articles on world politics and security issues in Japanese and English, including The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century (Tokyo: The International House of Japan, 2002). He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2012 for his academic achievements.

To attend please register at http://uoft.me/japansreach

Thursday January 12th, 2017 - The First Ichimokukai of the Year Will Be a NIMOKUKAI

Hopefully everyone has recovered from our successful BONENKAI celebration last year and is ready to resume our long-running ICHIMOKUKAI series! We will be starting off the year with a NIMOKUKAI on the second Thursday of January, but will return to our regular schedule starting February.
 


  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…..and get information on Bonenkai and a multitude of CJS upcoming events.

We hope to see you there!

Come early to ensure a good seat!

Ichimokukai (Nimokukai)
Thursday, January 12, 2017
6-10 pm
Manpuku
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

Thursday January 5th, 2017 - Happy New Year and Our Blog is Back!

Hello All. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
 
 
Just a quick note to let everyone know that our Blog is up and running again. I apologize for the length of time since the last post as we've been having some technical issues....but we're back, so please check in for our latest updates, or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2427889556/