JFT Gallery Reopening Visitor Policy

*Last Update: July 22, 2021 

We are pleased to announce that the JFT Gallery will reopen from Thursday, July 29, 2021.

The current exhibition is NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls.

The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our primary concern. As we re-open  to the public, we ask you for your cooperation to keep the Gallery a safe place for yourself, for other visitors, and for our staff by carefully reading the following guidelines below.

What to expect when you visit the Gallery

  • In order to manage the flow and capacity of visitors, all visitors must make a booking prior to visiting
  • All visitors and staff must wear a mask inside the building
    • Visitors exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons may be asked to stagger their entrance time and/or wait for other patrons to exit. In these instances, please follow the directions of JFT staff.
  • Please use hand sanitizer provided at the entrance
  • Please keep a safe space (2 metres) between yourself, other guests and staff
  • Follow the marked path where indicated when visiting the library and gallery 
  • No lockers are available at this time, so please travel light
  • In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we may decline entry to those who are non-compliant with the regulations listed above.
  • For the purpose of contact tracing, your record of visiting may be released to Public Health Authorities

NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls

Touring exhibition produced by The Japan Foundation, Tokyo

July 29, 2021 – October 8, 2021

The traveling exhibition NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls has been produced afresh in spring 2020 by The Japan Foundation Headquarters, Tokyo. The Japanese word for “doll,” NINGYŌ, which literally means “human shape,” points out the origin of a long tradition of dolls in Japan. The doll culture that has flourished over the long history of Japan will be introduced in this exhibition through over 70 dolls, divided into 5 sections: “Ningyō to pray for children’s growth,” “Ningyō as fine art,” “Ningyō as folk art,” “Spread of Ningyō culture,” and “Ningyō and performing arts.”

Japanese doll culture could be characterized by its diversity of dolls and their delicate craftsmanship, backed by a deep love. This exhibition presents a comprehensive introduction to Japanese doll culture, from Katashiro and Amagatsu from ancient animistic tradition, which are considered to be the archetypes of dolls in Japan, to local dolls that reflect the climate and anecdotes from across the country, to contemporary products, such as factory-mass-produced dress-up dolls like Licca-chan that are beloved in Japan today as doll toys and intricate anime-based figures that are highly regarded around the world.

The fact that dolls are an indispensable part of people’s daily lives is not limited to Japan, but you can find so many dolls in every household in Japan. The dolls are not only toys, but sometimes share spiritual functions, and can be one of the artworks to decorate homes, or memorabilia/souvenirs of family trips. People purchase the dolls, but also make them with their own hands. Doll making is a popular hobby in diverse styles and materials, enforcing the bond between the Japanese nation and its dolls.

To book a visit to see this exhibition, please take a look at the guidelines and acknowledgement page:

Book Your Visit Here


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Monday OPEN
Tuesday OPEN
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday OPEN
Friday OPEN
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor Street East
Hudson’s Bay Centre, 3rd floor (above Royal Bank of Canada)
416.966.1600 x 229