Upcoming Events

October 1, 2016

JCCC Euchre Night

Due to scheduling conflicts, the JCCC will be postponing the August Euchre night until Saturday October 1, 2016. Other than the date everything else will remain the same.

On Saturday October 1, 2016, the JCCC will be hosting another Euchre night. This event brings together friends, fun and a little card playing finesse.

There will be a cash bar, light refreshments, and prizes for the top scores! Scoring system is individual based; no set partners. Rules are based on Bicycle® rules and once again the “stick the dealer” rule will be in effect.

Doors open at 7:00pm, play starts promptly at 7:45pm. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Entry fee:
$17 (including HST) for members,
$21 (including HST) for non-members.
Entry is limited to experienced players ages 19 years and older.

Deadline for registration is Friday September 23, 2016..

Spaces are limited! Don’t be disappointed, register today!!! Contact the JCCC at 416-441-2345 or jccc@jccc.on.ca.

Date: October 1, 2016

October 2, 2016

Issei Day

54th Annual Issei Day
– A Tribute to the Seniors of our Community

The Board of Directors of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre extends an invitation to Issei Day on Sunday October 2, 2016 and would like to welcome all who are 70 years of age and older.

This year will be the 54th year of celebrating Issei Day. Last year approximately 350 Issei, Nisei, Sansei and Ijusha gathered in the Kobayashi Hall to celebrate this annual event.
The day is full of activities, with entertainment of songs, odori and sing-alongs. This year we are especially pleased to welcome the Kiwa Kai for a special performance. The Kiwa Kai, under the leadership of Chairperson, Mrs. Yuei Hayakawa, has been promoting Japanese culture around the world for 20 years. They do this through Tea Ceremony, Odori, Koto and cuisine. They are especially excited to be visiting Toronto this year. Please come out and enjoy this special day!
As usual there will be a wonderful and tasty bento served during the intermission.
The program begins at 2:00pm and concludes around 5:00pm.

To ensure that we are able to accommodate everyone with seating and a bento, we require that everyone pre-register at 416-441-2345 by Friday September 23, 2016. It is wonderful to see so many of our seniors come to this event but we are close to our maximum capacity to ensure everyone is able to sit, relax and enjoy the afternoon. We will have an overflow area available if required. We look forward to seeing you.

Date: October 2, 2016

October 8, 2016

JCCC Karaoke Club

JCCC KARAOKE Meets twice a month, Saturday evenings at 7:00pm.  Enjoy learning and singing new songs and make new friends.

Please call George Uyeyama at (416) 255-6887 for more information.

Date: October 8, 2016

October 10, 2016

JCCC Closed – Thanksgiving Day

Date: October 10, 2016

October 19, 2016

ORIGAMI Workshop

This unique new series of Origami workshops kicks off again with John Jay Guppy from the Origami Society of Toronto. Folding both traditional favourites and the latest new models, this gives everyone a chance to try their skill with plenty of expert help available. All paper is provided.

Dates: Wed.  Oct. 19, 2016

Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm

$7 plus HST (JCCC Member) /workshop
$10 plus HST (Non-members) /workshop

To learn more about the Origami Society of Toronto please go to www.origamiToronto.org

Start: October 19, 2016 7:30 pm
End: October 19, 2016 7:30 pm

October 20, 2016

October Movie Night: Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister

“You are shaken, by the end, at how much you care about these women and how sorry you are to leave their company.”
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Our Little Sister” is so meticulously shot and gracefully orchestrated that it can be considered a worthy contemporary successor to Kon Ichikawa’s masterpiece ‘The Makioka Sisters’.”
- Maggie Lee, Variety

Adapted from the manga Umimachi Diary, Hirokazu Koreeda’s (Nobody Knows, Like Father, Like Son) film was nominated for a record 12 Japanese Academy Awards and won for Best Film, and Best Director among others.

Three sisters live together in their late grandmother’s house in Kamakura. Attending the funeral of their estranged father, they unexpectedly meet their teenaged half-sister Suzu and immediately fall for the spell of this exquisite young woman. With no one to properly care for her, they decide to invite Suzu to move to their Kamakura home. Taking the shy young girl into their home, the sisters find their long suppressed memories of their unhappy childhood stirred – and the painful past becomes fully present once more when their mother who abandoned them suddenly reappears after 15 years.

This sumptuous and moving family drama stars Ayase Haruka, Nagasawa Masami, Kaho and Suzu Hirose.



鎌倉に暮らす3姉妹と父親がほかの女性ともうけた異母妹が共同生活を送る中、さまざまな出来事を経て家族の絆を深めていく姿を追う。メガホンを取るのは、『そして父になる』などの是枝裕和。テレビドラマ「八重の桜」などの綾瀬はるか、『潔く柔く きよくやわく』などの長澤まさみのほか、夏帆や広瀬すずらが共演。実力派女優たちが繰り出す妙演はもちろん、舞台となる鎌倉の美しい四季の風景も見どころ。



Date: Thursday, Octber 20, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Ticket: $10 (JCCC Member); $12 (General)

Start: October 20, 2016 7:00 pm
End: October 20, 2016 7:00 pm

October 22, 2016

JCCC Karaoke Club

JCCC KARAOKE Meets twice a month, Saturday evenings at 7:00pm.  Enjoy learning and singing new songs and make new friends.

Please call George Uyeyama at (416) 255-6887 for more information.

Date: October 22, 2016

October 24, 2016 – October 24, 2016

Japanese Cooking Workshop

“Chef Shoji” is offering 5 hands-on Japanese cooking workshops at the JCCC.  Focusing on taste, techniques, and special ingredients that make Japanese cuisine unique, “Chef Shoji” wishes to show that Japanese food is easy to prepare and serve in addition to being healthy and delicious. (5 workshops, each workshop limited to 20 students maximum)
Date:  Mon. October 24
Menu: Rice
Time:  7:00 – 10:00pm
Fee: $30.00 (plus HST) for JCCC members, $40 (plus HST) for non-members for each workshop.
Pre-registration is required.
Material fee of $10.00 is payable to the instructor.
Please bring an apron, large sharp knife, and paring knife.
Each workshop consists of 1 hour instruction and demonstration,
1 hour hands-on cooking and last hour for tasting and cleaning.
Start: October 24, 2016 7:00 pm
End: October 24, 2016 7:00 pm

November 6, 2016

Footprints of the New Japanese Immigrant Symposium

Join us on Sunday November 6, 2016 from 10:30am to 3:00pm at the JCCC for a symposium that continues the focus on and conversation about the Ijusha community’s experiences of immigrating to Canada from the late 50’s until today.

Last November, a panel of five Ijusha representing different decades shared their stories about their own immigration experience in coming to Canada. Following the panel sharings the audience participants had an opportunity to reflect and share some of their own personal experiences. The feedback on this event was very positive and requests to continue these conversations has given rise to this year’s symposium.

We have planned an exciting and interactive all-day symposium beginning with a panel of three community members who will share their own experiences in dealing with the challenges faced, changes made and successes achieved. After a light lunch, participants will have an opportunity to join in the discussion and share their own stories. The day will end with all participants gathering together to hear a summary of the stories shared, which we hope will help us identify the uniqueness of people’s journey and/or patterns and themes about their immigration experience.

These stories of the challenges faced, adaptations and changes made, and the successes of the Ijusha immigrant in Canada will help us better understand the Ijusha experience. They will help Heritage build a resource of information for our Archives and the Moriyama Nikkei Heritage Centre and add to the continuum of our Japanese Canadian and new Japanese immigrant history.
This Symposium will be a very interactive and exciting event where your participation will be key to its success and crucial in helping Heritage and Sedai build our repertoire of information about the Ijusha community.

Fees:JCCC member $10.00 (including tax)
General $12.00 (including tax)
(includes a morning coffee break and light lunch.)
Registration deadline is Friday October 21, 2016.

Submit your registration form along with your payment for the appropriate amount by cheque or credit card, at the JCCC Reception Desk or mail to: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5.
Registration forms are included in the September issue or can be found at the JCCC Reception Desk. Please register as soon as possible as registration is limited and you won’t want to miss this exciting new event.



Date: November 6, 2016

November 14, 2016

Opera – Naomi’s Road

Joy Kogawa’s NAOMI’S ROAD – THE OPERA coming to JCCC

Joy Kogawa recently approached me with the idea of mounting a production of Naomi’s Road in Toronto. It had been ten years since as a student I had understudied the world premiere of this remarkable show in Vancouver, and was so excited as the prospect of bringing this beautiful show to Ontario for the first time.
This remarkable story is set in Vancouver during the Second World War and tells the story of one Japanese Canadian family among many, who are forced to leave their homes and move to camps in the mountains. One of the most powerful elements of this piece is that it is “Naomi’s Road”; that is, it is told from the point of view of the young girl, Naomi. It is a powerful message told through a more gentle voice. Her “road”, her journey from life in Vancouver to life far away from home teaches us important lessons about strength and humanity and a child’s ability to adapt and grow in any situation.
We live in a time where Japanese-Canadians are fully integrated and hold an integrated place in the greater Canadian whole… Yet at the same time the fear of the violent and subversive “other”, once reserved for Japanese-Canadians, continues to be a part of the North American narrative for other ethnicities and religions. Please join us to remember this powerful story and celebrate its survivors through music and storytelling.

Date: Monday November 14, 2016
Time: 7pm (Door opens@ 6:30pm), duration: 45 min.
Place: JCCC Kobayashi Hall
Ticket: Free (donations are welcome at the door)
*Reservations (starting on Thursday September 15, 2016) are required for free tickets in advance. Please contact the JCCC reception desk at 416-441-2345 for tickets




日時:2016年11月14日(月)  午後7時 (開場6時半)、上演時間45分

Date: November 14, 2016