Upcoming events

    • 22 Feb 2018
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7)

    Please note: Due to the interactive nature of the exhibition, the number of visitors permitted in the space at any one time will be limited. There may be a wait to gain entry during busy periods.

    The Gardiner Museum is pleased to present a three-part installation by Yoko Ono entitled THE RIVERBED. Yoko Ono is a forerunner of Conceptual art who frequently involves collaboration, audience participation, and social activism in her artwork.

    YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other, participating in the artwork through everyday action and contemplation. YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED, in a sense, becomes a temporary village—a repository of hopes and dreams for individuals and for the world.

    Stone Piece features a pile of river stones that have been honed and shaped by water over time. Ono has inscribed some of the stones with words, such as dream, wish, and remember. Visitors are invited to pick up a stone and hold it, concentrating on the word, and then placing the stone upon the pile of other stones in the center of the room.

    Line Piece is comprised of a series of low tables with notebooks in which visitors are encouraged by Ono to “draw a line to take me to the farthest place in our planet.” Visitors may also extend a string across the gallery space using hammers and nails to secure it from one point or another, creating a web that will grow and evolve over the course of the exhibition.

    Mend Piece reinforces the idea of healing. Fragments of broken ceramic cups and saucers are placed on a table for visitors to reassemble using glue, string, and tape, before positioning them on shelves around the all-white room. In Ono’s words: “As you mend the cup, mending that is needed elsewhere in the Universe gets done as well. Be aware of it as you mend.” (November 19, 2015)

    The space also features a small coffee bar where visitors are encouraged to enjoy a cup of coffee together, forming another kind of union.

    YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED was first mounted at Gallerie Lelong & Co. and Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City, in 2015.

    About Yoko Ono

    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is an artist, musician, filmmaker, and peace activist. In the last sixty years, Ono has continued to play a pioneering role in the international development of Conceptual art, experimental film, and performance art, and has been acknowledged progressively more for these roles. In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1961-71, which reinforced her influence as one of the most important agents of cultural change. She received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009, and the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in 2012, Austria’s highest award for applied contemporary art.

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street WestToronto, OntarioM5T 1G4

    Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water, 287.7 × 415.3 × 415.3 cm. Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama

    Experience infinity: From her immersive infinity rooms to mesmerizing paintings and playful sculptures, Yayoi Kusama welcomes you to participate in her extraordinary and innovative explorations of time and space.

    Infinity may be a difficult concept to grasp, but it is easy to contemplate when you step inside one of artist Yayoi Kusama’s iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms in the exhibitionYayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Rich with key works from the contemporary Japanese artist’s significant 65-year career, this major exhibition also shows the evolution of her immersive, multi-reflective installations, in which she invites you to share in her unique vision.

    Immerse yourself in six of these kaleidoscopic environments where you will be endlessly reflected within fantastic landscapes. You’ll also see Kusama’s mesmerizing and intimate drawings, her early Infinity Net paintings in which nets organically expand along the surface of a canvas like cell formations, and her surreal sculptural objects. These key works join more than 90 works on view, including large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, works on paper, as well as rare archival materials.

    The 88-year-old artist continues to work at a brisk pace in her Tokyo studio. The exhibition features the North American debut of numerous new works. Her most recent painting series, My Eternal Soul (2009–present), may be the greatest surprise. Exuberant in colour and paired with sculptures that bear titles such as My Adolescence in Bloom, they mark a striking progression in the use of Kusama’s signature symbol of the polka dot. Also on view in North America for the first time is the recently realizedInfinity Mirror Room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016 , a field of yellow, dotted pumpkins spreading into infinity.

    In addition to the paintings, sculptures, drawings and environments, viewers will encounter posters, letters, cards, and invitations that relate to Kusama’s early exhibitions and events—including her first solo show, which took place in Seattle—a slideshow of Kusama’s performances as well as an interview with the artist filmed on the occasion of this exhibition.

    More information about the exhibition from here.

    • 27 May 2018
    • Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre, 8525 Mississauga Road, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 0C1

    This event is organized by Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry (Shokokai).

    Shokokai is kindly inviting the Japan Society members to their 22st Consul-General Cup Shokokai Charity Golf Tournament, which will be held on Sunday, May 27th 2018 at the Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre in Brampton.

    Date: Sunday, May 27th 2018
    Time: Registration 7:00-7:30am / Shotgun Start 8:00am / Lunch Reception 1:30pm
    Place: Lionhead Golf Club & Conference Centre - Masters (8525 Mississauga Road, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 0C1)

    Fees and registration form

    Tel: 905-455-8400 / Website: www.golflionhead.com

    Entry: Please send an application form by Tuesday, May 15th.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at Email: office@torontoshokokai.org or Phone: 416-360-0235 (Kaori Hirabayashi).

    • 06 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Japan Foundation, Toronto 2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

    This event is organized by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

    Lu Xun, 20th-century China’s most famous writer, spent the last nine years of his life in Shanghai (1927-1936). An avid reader of Japanese from his school years there at the start of the century, he soon befriended Uchiyama Kanzō, owner of the largest Japanese bookstore in the city. Lu visited the store almost every day, and in times when Lu Xun’s life was in danger, Uchiyama protected him in numerous ways. This talk will discuss how the two men ended up in Shanghai, how their friendship was forged, and how they came to have such extraordinary mutual respect. There will also be musings on the meaning of genuine friendship in difficult times.

    About the speaker:

    Joshua Fogel was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Berkeley, CA. He earned a B.A. at the University of Chicago, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and York University, with visiting professorships at Kyoto University, Kansai University, and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). His work primarily concerns the cultural and political interactions between China and Japan in recent centuries.

    Pre-registration is required from here:

    • 11 Jun 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (Devonshire Pl. & Hoskin Ave.)

    This event is organized by Asian Institute of Munk School of Global Affairs.

    How can think tanks contribute to policy-making and intellectual exchange in an authoritarian state? Join author, Dr. Cheng Li, for a timely and compelling discussion on the growing role of think tanks in Xi Jinping’s China.

    Dr. Cheng Li is director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policyprogram at Brookings. He is also a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Li focuses on the transformation of political leaders, generational change and technological development in China.

    Li grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985 he came to the United States, where he received a master’s in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in political science from Princeton University. From 1993 to 1995, he worked in China as a fellow sponsored by the Institute of Current World Affairs in the U.S., observing grassroots changes in his native country. Based on this experience, he published a nationally acclaimed book, “Rediscovering China: Dynamics and Dilemmas of Reform” (1997).

    Li is also the author or the editor of numerous books, including “China’s Leaders: The New Generation” (2001), “Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003” (2005), “China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy” (2008), “China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation” (2010), “The Road to Zhongnanhai: High-Level Leadership Groups on the Eve of the 18th Party Congress” (in Chinese, 2012), “The Political Mapping of China’s Tobacco Industry and Anti-Smoking Campaign” (2012), “China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives” (2014), “Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership” (2016), and “The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China” (forthcoming). He is currently completing a book manuscript with the working title “Middle Class Shanghai: Pioneering China’s Global Integration.” He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press.

    “The Power of Ideas” will be available for sale and author will be available for signing.

    • 11 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct, North York, ON M3C 1Z5)

    Toronto Japanese Film Festival

    The Japan Society is a proud Screen Partner of below film at the 2018 Toronto Japanese Film Festival!

    Please join us in celebrating and enjoying Japanese films at the Film Festival held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)! 

    The Third Murder 
    Runtime: 124 min / 2017
    Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
    Starring: Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose
    TIFF Encore Presentation

    Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low – his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim’s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

    Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest masterpiece swept the Japanese Academy Awards with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male and Female Supporting Performances.

    Official Website and Trailer (in Japanese): gaga.ne.jp/sandome/

    Full details of the film festival and ticket information are available here.

    • 14 Aug 2018
    • Glen Abbey Golf Club (1333 Dorval Dr, Oakville, ON L6M 4G2)

    The 25th Annual Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    At Glen Abbey Golf Club

    The year 2018 is a very special year for the Japan Society as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada as well The Japan Society's 25th Annual Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament. We are excited to announce that this year's Ambassador's Cup will be on Tuesday, August 14 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.

    We are grateful that both Mr. Don Campbell and Mr. Dave McKechnie will be Honorary Chairs. This year, Ms. Takako Ito, the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto has agreed to join to celebrate the double milestone. As in the past, you have a chance to win two Air Canada's Executive First Class Tickets to Japan. We are also proud to have Honda, Manulife and Toyota as major sponsors of this tournament.

    Please mark your calendars today and stay tuned for details and registration information. We are looking forward to hosting you and further strengthening the bilateral relations between Canada and Japan.

    If you have any ideas how we can make this event special, please feel free to contact the office at admin@japansocietycanada.com.

    Best regards,

    Ben and Asami
    Ben Ciprietti and Asami Okusawa
    On behalf of the Honorary Chairs
    Don Campbell and Dave McKechnie

Past events

10 May 2018 Japan-Canada Innovation Partnership Forum
10 Apr 2018 Reflections on Kakehashi 2018: Bridging Canada and Japan for the Future
28 Mar 2018 Member Only - Special Reception Invitation Celebrating the Year of Japan
10 Mar 2018 Japan Bowl Ontario 2018
08 Mar 2018 150 Years After the Meiji Restoration--Japanʼs Global Engagement Then and Now
05 Mar 2018 Geopolitics and Security Shifts in East Asia — Perspective From Japan
22 Feb 2018 Japan’s Foreign Policy & Japan-Canada Relations
09 Feb 2018 Security Cooperation in East Asia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States
31 Jan 2018 Being a doctor in Japan: From the everyday to the extraordinary
29 Jan 2018 Presentation by Mr. Yuzo Kano, Representative Director, Japan Blockchain Association
26 Jan 2018 Toronto Shokokai New Year's Reception 2018
12 Dec 2017 Professional Networking Event
30 Nov 2017 Innovation and Economic Growth in Japan: Firm-Level Approach
09 Nov 2017 Dear Etranger 幼な子われらに生まれ
02 Nov 2017 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook – Born in Japan, Flourishing around the World
18 Oct 2017 Paper-Cutting performance by renowned artist Hayashiya Imamaru
15 Oct 2017 Ottawa Welcomes the World
02 Oct 2017 Walk in Canada, Talk on Japan
30 Sep 2017 Japonica@Momiji
22 Sep 2017 Dismantling Japanese Developmentalism
21 Sep 2017 Film Screening: Ryuichi Hirokawa: Human Battlefield
03 Sep 2017 50th Anniversary Banquet Japanese Canadian Baseball League
15 Aug 2017 The 24th Annual Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament
24 Jun 2017 Support Our Kids Lakeside Charity Dinner
18 Jun 2017 Toronto Japanese Film Festival Shin Godzilla
11 Jun 2017 Toronto Japanese Film Festival Midnight Diner
31 May 2017 Road of Song and Dance – Women seeking Pure Land in Medieval Japan
03 May 2017 Update on Canadian Energy Industry 2017
27 Apr 2017 Canadian International Documentary Festival
07 Apr 2017 Nagata Shachu's 18th Annual Concert
30 Mar 2017 JCCC's March Movie Night: The Long Excuse
25 Mar 2017 Momiji Bazaar 2017
21 Mar 2017 Fostering Ontario-Japan Economic Relations
10 Mar 2017 Green Japan: Combining Technological Innovation, Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability.
03 Mar 2017 Does Privacy Exist in the Age of Big Data?
01 Mar 2017 Geimaruza
24 Feb 2017 Perspective on the Canada-Japan relationship
12 Feb 2017 Rakugo Japanese Traditional Storytelling Performance
24 Jan 2017 38th Annual Bishop White Committee Winter Luncheon
20 Jan 2017 SHOKOKAI 60th Anniversary 2017 New Year's Reception
17 Jan 2017 Is TPP Dead or Alive?
06 Oct 2016 Abenomics: Has it Worked? Will it Fail?
15 Sep 2016 JETRO's OSAKA INDUSTRY SEMINAR - Corporate Growth Opportunities
18 Aug 2016 23rd Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament

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