An important message from The Japan Foundation, Toronto regarding the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

March 16, 2020 (updated April 2, 2020)

The health, safety and well-being of our patrons, students, staff and volunteers are very important to us.

We are carefully monitoring the changing situation closely, and we will follow the advice and announcements of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto Public Health and World Health Organization.

Considering the current circumstances, with everyone’s safety in mind, The Japan Foundation, Toronto has decided to temporarily close to the public as well as cancel many of our upcoming programs.


Until further notice, The Japan Foundation, Toronto will be closed from Tuesday March 17, 2020. During this time, all of our programming will be suspended, except for some of the language courses. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know when we are able to re-open to the public. Updates will be provided in a timely manner on our official website and through social media.


The Japan Foundation, Toronto will continue working to improve mutual understanding between Canada and Japan during this difficult time. However, most of our staff will be working from home and this may affect the capacity of work we are able to take on. We would like to ask for your patience and understanding.

During this time, we recommend contacting our staff via e-mail, rather than telephone, until instructed otherwise.


The following film screening programs will be cancelled or postponed;

March 17, 6:30 PM – Mixed Doubles CANCELLED

March 18, 2:00 PM – The Night I Swam POSTPONED

April 2, 7:30 PM – Summer Lights CANCELLED

April 2, 7:30 PM – The Night I Swam CANCELLED

April 9, 6:30 PM – I Will Buy You CANCELLED


The gallery exhibition MANGA HOKUSAI MANGA will be closed until further notice.


The library will also remain closed until further notice. During this temporary closure, we ask all patrons to please hold onto your items on loan. There is no drop-box available at this time.

Any overdue fines incurred during this time will not be charged. Once we are open, you have 3 weeks to return the items. After that, overdue fines will start incurring again. Any overdue fines that were charged before March 14 will remain until resolved.

If you have any holds, they will be waiting for you after the library reopens. For further questions or concerns regarding library services, please contact or call 416-966-2935.

March 16, 6:30 PM – Book Tree: Contest is now closed. Thank you to all those who participated. Winners will be contacted individually after we reopen.

April 9, 5:30 PM – Book Club: The JFT Library Book Club – Books and Tea is now cancelled. The Library is currently finding the best way to keep our patrons connected in sharing our love of books! Stay tuned!


Regular classes for the Japanese Language Courses “Japanese Together” will continue but be moved online. Details will be sent to each student by e-mail. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Important links about COVID-19:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Toronto Public Health

World Health Organization

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding in these extraordinary times.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto