Founded in 1963, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is a not-for-profit organization which celebrates the unique culture, history, and legacy of Japanese Canadians for the benefit of all Canadians. The JCCC is recognized worldwide as an important and vibrant community institution.
At the JCCC, we:
- serve 5,200 members, almost half of which are of non-Japanese ancestry.
- attract over 210,000 visitors to its festivals, concerts, martial arts tournaments and special events annually.
- welcome more than 15,000 students from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond visit the JCCC each year to participate in seminars on Japanese history, culture, and the Japanese Canadian experience.
Registered charity # 118972967RR0001
To introduce the culture, history and legacy of the Japanese Canadians to all Canadians while creating a tribute to the history of the Nikkei community and their contributions to the building of our nation.
To educate all Canadians on the importance of heritage, tolerance and cultural understanding.
To create a space for pre- and post- war Japanese immigrants and their descendants to congregate, thus acting as a "living museum" and a focal point for the community.
To bridge generations within the Japanese Canadian community: connecting the younger generation to their roots and providing the means for the continuing evolution of the community.
Friendship through Culture
In executing our mission, we take pride in our heritage, creating a lasting tribute to the unique history and contributions of past generations; we bridge generations as the means for the continuing evolution of our community and we demonstrate the importance of tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity for the benefit of all Canadians.