Director’s Message

Dear patrons and friends,

On behalf of all staff here at the Japan Foundation, Toronto, I am delighted to welcome you back as we once more reopen our doors to the public. As your health and safety remain our priority, please consult our visitor guidelines prior to booking your visit to our Library or to our ongoing exhibition, Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku”: Perspectives of Landscape Ukiyo-e Prints in Portrait Layout.

As well, we invite you to continue connecting with us online. Our library’s growing eBook collection is available to residents across Canada, as are our Japanese language classes and teachers’ workshops. You may also wish to peruse engaging talks and lectures found in our Japan Dialogues selections or delight in the weekly performances of the STAGE BEYOND BORDERS project.

This upcoming year marks the 50th anniversary of the Japan Foundation. Over the last half-century, the Japan Foundation has upheld its mandate of promoting goodwill, friendship, and mutual exchange between Japan and nations of the world. It is a mandate that we will endeavour to preserve and strengthen for the next 50 years. Please follow us on social media – including our newly launched Instagram page – or sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on our events and programmes as we celebrate this landmark year.

As always, thank you for your continuing support and cooperation. We look forward to seeing old and new friends alike walk our halls.


All our best,

Yuko Shimizu

Executive Director

The Japan Foundation, Toronto