Sakura Gala

Thank you!

The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre thanks everyone whose energy, generosity and hard work resulted in our best celebration to date. We would like to express our appreciation to the gracious award recipients, our generous sponsors, gregarious guests, talented performers, tireless volunteers and the hard working committee who made our sold-out 2023 edition happen.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the next Sakura Gala and, in the meantime, we hope you’ll visit our Centre to enjoy the wide array of cultural and heritage initiatives that your support helps to drive.


The Sakura Gala's Commitment

It is the Sakura Gala’s commitment to raise funds to support the JCCC in the pursuit of its vision: “to enrich lives globally through the celebration of Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian heritage” and its mission, “to promote understanding, inclusion, and friendship by sharing the Japanese Canadian experience and traditional and contemporary Japanese culture”. Revenues from the Sakura Gala also support the JCCC as a physical entity and, at the same time, seeds the JCCC Foundation.


2023 Honourees

This year's gala will be honouring Bill Hatanaka, Vicky Sunohara, and Nick Suzuki with the Sakura Award.

About the Honourees


Event Details

Held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Sakura Gala is a highly anticipated event on the Toronto calendar featuring dinner, auctions, entertainment and the presentation of the prestigious Sakura Award. 

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Reception: 6:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm

Visit our new Sakura Gala website to purchase your tickets!