Director’s Message

Dear friends of the Japan Foundation, Toronto,

It’s almost been an entire year since we last saw visitors to our centre when we temporarily re-opened. Thanks to the concerted effort of healthcare, frontline workers and people across Ontario, the province has safely entered Step Three. The Japan Foundation, Toronto is happy to reopen our doors after many long months on Thursday July 29, 2021.

Although it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to welcome you back, the safety of our patrons and staff are our foremost priority, so for the time being, we are limiting public access to our library and gallery. All of our other activities, will continue online, including Japanese language classes, film screenings, lectures, and teachers’ workshops.

As Ontario continues with the Roadmap to Reopening after Step Three, the Japan Foundation, Toronto will remain diligent about reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are taking every precaution to increase indoor air filtration, sanitize exposed surfaces at the centre and are closely following the safety and health guidelines provided by the City of Toronto. Before you make your way to our centre, please refer to our new hours as well as our visitor guidelines.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to seeing your smiles and engaging with you in person.

See you soon,


Yuko Shimizu

Executive Director

The Japan Foundation, Toronto