Library news:

  • JFT Library temporarily closed from Tuesday, October 13. Please see below for more details
  • Join our next online JFT Book Club on November 5, 2020.
  • The New Arrivals List is available for viewing!
  • We offer public WiFi access. Please inquire at the desk for the password.

Library Temporary Closure


Considering the current changing  circumstances, with everyone’s safety in mind, The Japan Foundation, Toronto has decided to temporarily close our centre to the public from Tuesday October 13, 2020.

During this temporary closure, we ask all patrons to please hold onto your items on loan.
Once we are open, you will have 3 weeks to return the items. There is no drop-box available during closure. Any overdue fines incurred during this time will not be charged.

We ask you for your cooperation to keep the Library a safe place for yourself, for other visitors and for our staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

The JFT Library Book Club Online – Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami



Join us for our last book club for this year!

We will discuss “Breasts and Eggs (夏物語)” written by Mieko Kawakami,
one of the featured guest authors for Toronto International Festival of Authors 2020.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 [3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]

Please call at 416-966-2935 or email the library at to reserve your seat.

JFT Library’s copy of the book is available for circulation. Please contact the library to place a hold for pickup. Renewal not permitted until November 5, 2020.



The JFT Library Book Club Online – Travel Japan


Thank you to everyone who participated in our second online Book Club on
Thursday, August 20, 2020 [3:00 – 4:00 pm]!

Please find the list of books discussed during our Book Club below or download the list by clicking here.




TitleAuthorCall NumberItem Number
Hitching rides with Buddha : a journey across JapanFerguson, Will915.20449 F47 200600024285
Lost Japan : last glimpse of beautiful JapanKerr, Alex952.04 K47 201500025181
Rice, noodle, fish : deep travels through Japan's food cultureGoulding, Matt641.5952 G68 201500024901
The thousand autumns of Jacob De ZoetMitchell, David813.54 M52 201000019599
Unbeaten tracks in JapanBird, Isabella Lucy915.2 B57 197300025177


About the JFT Library

The Japan Foundation Toronto Library is a public lending library for anyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture. It maintains a collection of over 20,000 Japan-related print and audiovisual materials in English, Japanese and French, emphasizing language study, art, literature, history and culture.

Visitors are welcome to study in the library, watch a film at one of the viewing stations, and explore our collection of manga, CDs, DVDs, magazines and other great resources.

Our catalogue is available online in web and mobile formats for you to browse at home. Registered users may renew their materials and place holds on items using our online account system: Click here to sign in.

Inquiries: 416-966-2935