Director’s Message

Greetings and konnichiwa,

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting our website. This year is the year of the rat, and the start of a new decade. Last year marked the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian embassy in Japan which was greatly celebrated in both countries. This year, we look forward to the upcoming summer Olympics in Tokyo. Additionally, 2020 also marks the 30th anniversary of the Japan Foundation, Toronto, for which we are busy planning some very special programming.

As the only Canadian branch of the Japan Foundation, our mission is to conduct activities throughout the country relating to Arts and Culture, Japanese Language Education, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. We would not be able to expand our activities effectively without the generous collaboration and cooperation of institutions and individuals from all over Canada. Fortunately, we have been enjoying strong support over the years from many partners both locally and nationally, and we would like to further enhance and strengthen our networks. Feel free to contact us to share your ideas for collaboration.

Please visit our centre, which is easily accessible in the heart of Toronto at the intersection of Bloor and Yonge. We strive to present interesting exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, and various events related to Japanese culture. Our Japanese-language courses continue to grow and this year we were able to offer five levels, from starter to intermediate. Our centre has a vibrant public lending library, which adds new materials every month to our collection of 20,000+ Japan-related publications and audio visual materials, and now runs a new book club. To find out more about our current events, activities and classes, please visit our website, TwitterFacebook page, or our new Youtube channel. You can also stay informed by subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter.

I look forward to seeing you,

Yuko Shimizu

Executive Director