Each year, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre offers a spectacular array of events that offer a glimpse into Japanese life, culture and art that are not often seen outside of Japan. In many cases, it may be the first or only opportunity to experience the exhibit or performance in Canada.
- Shin Nen Kai - New Year's Dinner
Celebrate New Year's Day the Japanese way - with a feast! The JCCC is the place to be for a glorious array of delicious, traditional festive food to share with family and friends.
Shinnen Kai features entertainment, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and the star of the show: an absolutely luscious buffet. Over two dozen dishes of mouth-watering osechi ryori (traditional Japanese New Year's fare), sushi and yoshoku (North American fare) will tempt your taste buds. A cash bar is also provided.
Bring your friends and family to this unique New Year's Day event like no other in Toronto.
- Oshogatsu Kai - New Year's Festival
Let’s celebrate the New Reiwa Era and have fun at JCCC New Year’s Festival, which kicks off with the exciting sound of Taiko Drumming!
The Japanese traditional shishimai lion dance, authentic jinja Japanese shrine display (take photos and post them on social media!) and find out your luck with the omikuji fortune draw, kakizome Japanese New Year calligraphy, matcha tea ceremony, a lot of delicious food stands and entertainment!! Come join and experience Mochi rice cake making (mochitsuki) as well.
And also, kids can have an wonderful time in the traditional Japanese New Year's Games area. There is koma top-spinning, hagoita Japanese badminton using decorated wooden paddles, and much more!!
- Haru Matsuri - Spring Festival
Spring Festival, or Haru Matsuri, includes Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations, such as ikebana (flower arranging), bunka shishu (embroidery), origami (paper folding) and sumi-e (brush painting).
The JCCC's martial artists also demonstrate the techniques of Aikido, Judo, Karate, Iaido, Naginata, Kyudo and Kendo.
For entertainment, there is odori (traditional Japanese dancing) by JCCC traditional dance groups Ayame-Kai and Sakura-Kai and traditional Japanese instruments.
Moreover, guests entering the Centre will be greeted by an elaborate display of Hina Matsuri dolls.
- Sakura Gala
The Sakura Gala is an annual event taking place in April. It is the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s showcase gala. Benefiting the Japanese Canadian Cultural Legacy Campaign, the Sakura Gala honours one individual with the Sakura Award for their exceptional contributions to the promotion and exchange of Japanese culture and enhancing awareness of Nikkei heritage within Canada and abroad.
Please see the Sakura Gala website for more information.
Our highest volume event, the Bazaar brings bargain hunters from all over Toronto for hard-to-find items at amazingly low prices! This event spans both floors of the JCCC, and features such items as books, clothes, and household items. Come early; line-ups at the door form fast!
- Nostalgia Night
Nostalgia Night is a community event presented by the Heritage Department. This event honours an organization/people who have contributed to the social, cultural and/or well-being of the Japanese Canadian community. The honourees are selected by the Heritage Nostalgia Night Committee and receive the Heritage Pioneer Award for their work. The program gives opportunity to attendees to find out more about the honourees, get together with family and friends, reminisce, and make new friends. It is also a night of feasting where you can enjoy a sumptuous Japanese Canadian buffet prepared by the JCCC volunteers that is nostalgic and reminiscent of the prewar to postwar periods.
- Natsu Matsuri - Summer Festival
Thousands of visitors enjoy a lively festival atmosphere with games, great food, and spectacular performances.
The festival is a particularly special one because of the co-operative effort of the many community organizations involved in making the event a huge success.
- Family Golf Tournament
This is a chance for families and friends to share a fun day of golf – all skill levels welcome and there are lots of prizes to be won! After a great day of golfing, there will be presentations and dinner back at the JCCC. We encourage everyone to join with grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, moms and dads, or just a group of friends
- Issei Day
The Board of Directors of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre extends an invitation to welcome all who are 70 years of age and older. Every year approximately 350 Issei, Nisei, Sansei and Ijusha gathered in the Kobayashi Hall to celebrate this annual event. We are also happy to have the sponsorship and support of the Momiji Health Care Society for a second year. The day is full of activities, with entertainment including songs, odori and sing-alongs.
- Ishizue Awards Dinner
The word ishizue, meaning cornerstone or foundation, pays tribute to the 75 families who, at significant personal financial risk, guaranteed the original mortgage on the JCCC at 123 Wynford Drive in the early 1960s. The JCCC has created the Ishizue Award and this special evening to acknowledge and express our appreciation and respect to members or friends of the Japanese Canadian community who have made exceptional contributions to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre over many years.
- Fuyu Matsuri - Winter Festival
The Winter Festival is a day of holiday fun for the whole family! Make holiday crafts, see amazing gingerbread houses, or take a picture with Santa.
Every month, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre screens various Japanese films using state-of-the-art facilities in the Kobayashi Hall. These screenings include a diverse offering of contemporary hit films by prominent filmmakers and directors such as Kitano Takeshi, Hayao Miyazaki, Miwa Nishikawa, Yojiro Takita and Hirokazu Koreeda.
Many of these films are also selected from the top winners of the annual Japanese Academy awards and international film festivals. In particular, the J-Cinema monthly film screenings focus on films that are favourites in Japan but do not have a North American release. As a result, the J-Cinema film nights are entirely unique and rare opportunities for Canadians to experience the cinema that are loved by the Japanese.
All films in Japanese language are shown with English subtitles.