Director’s Message

Greetings and konnichiwa,

Thank you for visiting our website. 2018 was a very special year for us at The Japan Foundation, Toronto as we participated in celebrating the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada, and in 2019 are continuing to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian embassy in Japan. It is a great pleasure to share these celebrations with you as part of our community.

As the only Canadian branch of the Japan Foundation, our mission is to conduct activities of the three main pillars of the Japan Foundation throughout the country; Arts and Culture; Japanese Language Education, and; Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. We are not able to expand our activities effectively without the generous collaboration and cooperation of institutions and individuals from various parts of Canada. Fortunately, we have been enjoying strong support over the years from many partners both within Toronto and throughout Canada, and we would like to further enhance and strengthen our networks. Feel free to contact us and share your ideas with us so that we can think of the best ways to collaborate.

Please visit our centre, located in a very central and accessible place in the heart of Toronto at the intersection of Bloor and Yonge. Many of you already know that we moved here in September 2015 from the Colonnade, where we had our office for twenty years. We continue to strive to present interesting exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, and various events related to Japanese culture. Our Japanese-language courses continue and now include a monthly drop-in lunchtime class. 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. To find out more about our current events, activities and classes, please visit our website, Twitter and Facebook page. You can also stay informed by subscribing to our weekly e-newsletter.

I look forward to seeing you, and thank you for your kind cooperation and advice.

Yuko Shimizu

Executive Director

The Japan Foundation, Toronto