1 The Road To Asia Festival アジアへのいざない祭 Departures Special Screening with Director Yojiro Takita おくりびと 特別上映ー滝田監督をお迎えして October Movie: Kaidan 10 月の映画鑑賞会 怪談 October 年 10 月 Vol.35 Issue 9 1
2 JCCC Board of Directors President Gary Kawaguchi Past President Marty Kobayashi VP, Heritage Peter Wakayama VP, J-comm Junko Mifune VP, Legacy Art Ito VP, Management Ann Ashley VP, Strategic Planning Donna Davis Special Ambassador Sid Ikeda Secretary Sharon Marubashi Treasurer Sri Kugan Directors George Hewson James Matsumoto Lorene Nagata Yuki Nakamura Dereck Oikawa Russell Onizuka Cary Rothbart Glenn Inamoto* Advisors Miki Kobayashi Mickey Matsubayashi Steve Oikawa Fred Sasaki Connie Sugiyama JCCC Staff James Heron Executive Director ext.224 Kathy Tazumi Accounting/General Administration Manager ext.229 Christine Takasaki 及 Community Events/Volunteer Coordinator ext.221 Haruko Ishihara び Community Rentals ext.228 Christine Seki ス Corporate Rentals/Programming and Business Development ext.231 Sally Kumagawa タ Membership/Database Administrator ext.223 Toshiko Yamashita ッ Heritage/Newsletter Coordinator ext.227 フ Yuki Hipsh Administrative Assistant/ICommunity Liason/Giftshop ext.235 Sandy Chan Administrative Assistant ext.226 Constantin Dutescu Operations and Techinical Coordinator Maki Klotz Receptionist ext.222 The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Newsletter Editors:James Heron, Kathy Tazumi, Toshiko Yamashita Japanese Translation: Toshiko Yamashita Cover Photos: Hiroshima Castle Your news is welcome! Please send articles to: or Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5 tel fax The submission deadline for the November 09 issue is Monday October 12, 日本語の記事も受け付けています 11 月号の締め切りは 2009 年 10 月 12 日 ( 月 ) です 日 系 文 化 会 館 役 員 *In Memory features 2 The Road to Asia JCCC Board 3 Movie Night "Kaidan" 5 Community News 6-7 Family Golf and Film Fest review 11 JCCC ニュース 12 イベント情報 Calendar of Events October/November/December 2009 October Fri 2 JCCC Pub Night Sun 4 Issei Day Thu 8 nikkeiflix Sat 10 Karaoke Club Sat 10 Origami Workshop Mon 12 Thanksgiving Day JCCC Closed Wed 21 Cooking Workshop Thu 22 Movie Night Kaidan Sat 24 Karaoke Club Sat 24 jpals Creative Writing Workshop Part III Thu 29 Washi Greeting Card Workshop Sat 31 Washi Craft Workshop November Sat/Sun 7-8 Road to Asia Thu 12 nikkeiflix Sat 14 Origami Workshop Wed 18 Cooking Workshop Sat 21 Karaoke Club Thu 26 Movie Night Sat 28 Karaoke Club Sun 29 jpals cooking workshop December Sat 5 Karaoke Club Sat 12 Kohaku Sat 12 Karaoke Club Fri 25 Christmas Day - JCCC Closed Sun 26 Boxing Day - JCCC Closed Mon 28 JCCC Closed in lieu of Boxing Day 2
3 As we say goodbye to summer and head into fall, anticipation for The Road to Asia Festival is building. Mark your calendars for the weekend of Saturday November 7 and Sunday November 8, This weekend has the JCCC packed with the richness and exciting diversity of many Asian cultures. Kobayashi Hall will feature a variety of dance, theatrical and music performances on the main stage. As well, there will be a cultural marketplace featuring arts and crafts demonstrations and merchandise from all across the Asian region. If martial arts are what you want, the dojo s will feature virtually non-stop demonstrations. Finally, a visit to The Road to Asia Festival is not complete unless you sample some of the delicacies featured in our food court. The Road to Asia Festival takes the JCCC s motto of Friendship Through Culture to a whole new level. With last year s participants representing countries like Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Myanmar, India, Taiwan, and, of course, Japan, and over 3,000 people in attendance, you don t want to miss this huge two-day festival of Asian Canadian culture. Gather your family and friends and join us for another exciting trip along The Road to Asia. Date: Saturday November 7 & Sunday November 8, 2009 Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm daily Admission: JCCC Members Free, $5 Adults, $3 Seniors/Students, Children 12 and under FREE A Special Memento of an Unforgettable Day at the JCCC Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan s Visit to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre July 9, 2009 The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre has had a long and eventful history since it opened in Toronto in In 2009 Canada received the first visit from a reigning Japanese monarch in its history. On July 9, 2009, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited the JCCC, toured our Centre and met our community. It is a day that will be long remembered and which we have commemorated in a specially produced DVD memento of the event. The DVD is professionally filmed, edited and produced through acclaimed Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal. In addition to the actual video the disc contains almost 100 photographic images which can be accessed through your computer. All speeches have been translated in English or Japanese so as to be accessible to all. The DVD will be available in our gift shop soon. Limited quantities so get your copy early. Price: $ taxes (10%discount for JCCC members) nikkeiflix Pilgrimage by Mel Tsuji The film that will be screened on Thursday October 8, 2009 at 7:00pm will be Pilgrimage, a half hour documentary explaining how an annual Japanese American pilgrimage to an abandoned internment camp at Manzanar has become a bigger peace symbol for human and civil rights groups in Southern California. But the big bonus for the evening will be three short films written and produced by young Japanese Canadian film-makers. One of them, Ken Galloway of Toronto, will be in attendance to show his film and will be available for a question and answer session after the showing. The other two films being shown are from Jeff Chiba Stearns, of Kelowna, B.C. One is titled What Are You Anyways? and the other Yellow Sticky Notes. Admission is free but donations will be appreciated. New Face at the JCCC The JCCC is pleased to announce we have welcomed Sandy Chan to the JCCC family as a full time staff member after helping out as a volunteer since She is Australian-Chinese- Japanese and arrived in Toronto in 2007 from Sydney, Australia. She speaks Japanese, English, Cantonese and Mandarin fluently. Sandy has a Master's Degree from Macquarie University in Sydney in International Relations and is also an accomplished pianist. In other words she is more than just a friendly and pretty face! She loves a taste of the Japanese Canadian experience, and had her first kamaboko (fish cake) sandwich just the other day! At the JCCC, she will be our administrative assistant/ accounts receivables clerk in the office, and is looking forward to being more involved in our Japanese Canadian community. 3
4 Gary Kawaguchi Elected as New JCCC President The JCCC Board of Directors recently held their Annual General Meeting and reelected Gary Kawaguchi. Photo courtesy of Stan Behal. October directors as well as 2 new ones, George Hewson and James Matsumoto. While new to the Board, George and James are longtime friends and supporters of the JCCC and will make a great addition to the Board. The JCCC is pleased to announce that Gary Kawaguchi has been elected as the new President for the upcoming year. Gary moves up from VP of Expansion, after overseeing the acquisition and decade-long transformation of 6 Garamond Court from a printing and distribution centre to a vibrant cultural space. Outgoing President Marty Kobayashi felt that it was time that new and proven leadership continues to propel the JCCC into the future. The new Board is as follows: President Gary Kawaguchi Past President Marty Kobayashi VP, Heritage Peter Wakayama VP, J-comm Junko Mifune VP, Legacy Art Ito VP, Management Ann Ashley VP, Strategic Planning Donna Davis Special Ambassador Sid Ikeda Secretary Sharon Marubashi Treasurer Sri Kugan Directors George Hewson James Matsumoto Lorene Nagata Yuki Nakamura Dereck Oikawa Russell Onizuka Cary Rothbart Glenn Inamoto (In Memory) Advisors Miki Kobayashi Mickey Matsubayashi Steve Oikawa Fred Sasaki Connie Sugiyama Everyone is full of enthusiasm and looking forward to another busy year. All the directors are involved in one or more committees and will be working hard to ensure that the JCCC continues to thrive and remain as the hub of the community. "SHUNKA SHUTO" Opening this Fall The JCCC is pleased to announce, "SHUNKA SHUTO" " will be opening in October and will be replacing the café service system that closed in August. "SHUNKA SHUTO" is a partnership with a popular local Japanese restaurant. "SHUNKA SHUTO" will offer Japanese foods such as: onigiri, curry rice, gyudon, kurogoma (black sesame) ice cream, daifuku (Japanese sweets), Japanese beverages, snacks, teas, and fair trade organic coffees. All will be available at reasonable prices. The projected opening of the "SHUNKA SHUTO" is mid- October Movie Night: Kaidan A Traditional Japanese Ghost Story Nakata Hideo, the director of Ring and Dark Water, chose a traditional Japanese ghost story for his 2007 film, Kaidan. Based on a famous 19th-century story by Sanyutei Encho, this eerie and elegant Edo-period piece is stylistically a marked departure from his previous films, though every bit as chilling. A nod to the works of pioneering filmmaker Nakagawa Nobuo, Kaidan evokes the classical horrors of the 1950s and 1960s with its folk tale narration and kabuki romanticism, infusing modern production values with age-old scares. The film both terrifies and enchants with its handsome photography, beautiful art direction, and haunting tale. Appropriately enough, kabuki star Onoe Kikunosuke (Inugamike no Ichizoku) embodies the film's tragic lead, crossing paths with a strong line-up of actresses that includes Kuroki Hitomi (Tokyo Tower), Seto Asako (Death Note), Aso Kumiko (Nada Sou Sou), and Inoue Mao (Gegege no Kitaro). Years ago, a debt collector was slain by a samurai. Before falling to his death, the debt collector placed a curse on the samurai who went on to kill his wife and himself. Years later, the samurai's son Shinkichi (Onoe Kikunosuke) is now a tobacco seller, and as cruel fate would have it, he falls in love with the debt collector's daughter Toyoshiga (Kuroki Hitomi) who is years his senior. Toyoshiga's jealous nature, however, drives a wedge in their relationship, and he accidentally injures her during a quarrel, inflicting a wound similar to that which killed her father. After she dies, Shinkichi runs off with one of her students (Inoue Mao), hoping to start anew, but Shinkichi can't seem to escape Toyoshiga's resentful spirit and all the women who cycle relentlessly in and out of his life. Date: Thursday October 22, 2009 Time: 7:00pm Admission: $6 JCCC members, $8 non-members *In Japanese with English subtitles Yoga class is back! JCCC is offering a new Yoga class this fall. Yoga is an excellent form of exercise and it helps in releasing stress, improving flexibility, and promoting vitality from the inside out. With the new instructor, you will be able to enjoy a rejuvenating and relaxing time. The new schedule is on a monthly basis, Wednesdays in October and November for this fall. Minimum of 5 registerants are required to start classes. Bring your own yoga mat and join the class. Day: Wednesdays, starting October 7, 2009 Fee: $40 (plus GST) per month Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm Drop in class: $15 plus GST All participants are required to be JCCC members and to sign Martial Art/Yoga Waiver Form at the reception desk.
5 Special Screening - Meet Yojiro Takita, Director of Departures Meet the Oscar-winning Director of Departures, Yojiro Takita at the JCCC The JCCC and the Japan Foundation is proud to present a special screening of the 2008 Academy Award-winning masterpiece, Departures. The screening will be an especially special event the director, Yojiro Takita, will join us to introduce his film, take questions after the movie and participate in an informal post-film meet-and-greet. Departures also received 10 Japanese Academy Awards. The films stars Masahiro Motoki as a professional cellist who retuns to his old hometown with his wife and becomes a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. Date: Monday October 26, 2009 Time: 7:00pm Admission: $8 JCCC Members, $10 Non-members 5
6 Fall Tai Chi Classes Fall Tai Chi classes have again resumed this September, with new and returning students from the summer course continuing to enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi practices. Fall formal classes will be held twice per month with Sifu Emiko. However, some people have indicated that it can be challenging to retain what they learned in past classes. Accordingly, the JCCC is pleased to announce that the JCCC and Sifu Emiko have arranged Wednesday student review days (when no classes will be held) with the JCCC providing practice space. Sifu Emiko has also very kindly offered to provide experienced Tai Chi practitioners from her own private course, who will be on hand to help the JCCC students improve their movements, stances, etc. (please note that Sifu Emiko will not be hand for these sessions and students will only review what they learned from formal classes, not learning new things). This will also allow students to practice with their classmates every Wednesday at the JCCC. Review days are free for the JCCC class registered students. Though the fall session has started in September, class registrations are on a monthly basis so new students can join in October as well. Dates: Wednesdays, October 7 & 21, and November 4 & 18 Time: 2:00pm 3:30pm Class fee: $40/month + GST, $35/month + GST for seniors Drop-in: $30/class + GST Participants are required to be JCCC members and to sign a Martial Arts Waiver Form at the Reception Desk. 6 Master Emiko Hsuen PING-PONG for Fun in any Language! J-Comm Sports will finally launch the "JCCC Ping Pong Club" on October 15, 2009! Ping Pong, takkyu in Japanese, has its origins in England more than 100 years ago and became one of most popular and enjoyable sports all over the world. The JCCC Ping Pong Club is the brainchild of our J-Comm Sports committee. One of the main goals of the club is to provide Japanese Canadians, both established and new immigrant, with an opportunity to expose their table tennis abilities, to make friends, and most of all, to have fun! The club is open to any language speakers the common language is Ping Pong! After an initial 8-week session, we will try to have this as a year-round club. Date: Thursdays, October 15, December 3, 2009 Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Fees: $25 JCCC members, $30 non-members Age: Must be 16 years old and over (parental signature is required for those who are 18 years and under) *JCCC will provide ping pong paddles, however, we suggest you bring your own equipment. Japanese Cooking Workshops Chef Shoji is offering 4 hands-on Japanese cooking workshops at the JCCC. Focusing on taste, techniques, and special ingredients that make Japanese cuisine unique, Chef Shoji wishes to show that Japanese food is easy to prepare and serve in addition to being healthy and delicious. (5 workshops, each workshop limited to 20 students) Chef Shoji has been teaching cooking classes at the Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre in Hamilton for the past few years. Over this time, he built up quite a repertoire of Japanese recipes. He has recently developed some new and scrumptious recipes for Mochi and Manju (Japanese rice cake sweets). Dates: Wed. Oct. 21 Seafood Wed. Nov. 18 Soya Beans Wed. Jan. 20 Vegetarian Wed. Feb. 17 TBD Time: 7:00-10:00pm Fee: $30 (plus GST) for JCCC members, $40 (plus GST) for non-members for each workshop. Pre-registration required. Material fee of $10 is payable to the instructor. Please bring an apron, large sharp knife,and paring knife. * Each workshop consists of 1 hour instruction and demonstration, 1 hour hands-on cooking and last hour for tasting and cleaning. Sumi-e For Today by the Sumi-e Artists of Canada The Sumi-e Artists of Canada and the Sumi-e Society of America are holding a joint exhibition for the month of October. In Japanese "sumi" is ink and "e" is painting. The philosophy of this style of painting on rice paper is to capture the essence or spirit of the subject and to balance the negative and positive space. The technique originated centuries ago in China but has evolved, including many styles, from Asia to North America. The exhbit will be open from October 3 to 29, 2009 (excluding October 12) from 11:00am to 5.00pm at the JCCC. For further information please contact: Gary and Connie Bist, Show Chairpersons United Church Bazaar by the United Church Bazaar Committee The Centennial Japanese United Church and the Toronto Japanese United Church invites everyone to join us on Saturday October 17, 2009, between 11:30am to 2:00pm, for our Annual Bazaar. We are located at Lansing United Church, 49 Bogert Avenue, near Yonge and Sheppard. Stop by to visit with old friends and to grab a few bargains! Sit down and enjoy a bowl of our famous udon!!! For more information please contact or cjuc_
7 Ikebana International Flower Show by Ikebana International Ikebana International (I.I.) was founded in Tokyo in 1956 by the late Ellen Gordon Allen and the major Ikebana schools. Members are dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through Ikebana and related arts. Our motto is 'Friendship through Flowers'. The Honorary President is H.I.H. Princess Takamado who takes a great interest in the organization. By the 50th anniversary there were 156 chapters in 60 countries. The Toronto Chapter meets six times a year in the JCCC and also participates in community events. We have demonstrated at Canada Blooms, created arrangements for the ROM, decorated a Christmas tree in Don Mills Centre and demonstrated at Holt Renfrew. This year our annual show theme is *'Stardust'* in recognition of the International Year of Astronomy. This celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo. The show is on Saturday October 17 & Sunday October 18, 2009 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Toronto Botanical Garden. On the 17 th, the show will be opened by the Consul General of Japan at 1:30pm, followed by a demonstration by Ingrid Luders, a Grand Master of Ohara School. Tickets are $10. Workshops will be held on the 18th. For information call Ming Li Wu St. Andrew s Japanese Anglican Church Bazaar by St. Andrew's Japanese Anglican Church Eat delicious Japanese food (udon, teishoku) and shop for sushi, bargains and more at the St. Andrew's Japanese Anglican Church Bazaar on Saturday November 7, 2009 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm on 49 Donlands Ave. (near Danforth Ave.). For more information, phone Japanese Calligraphy Competition by Shodo Canada The 2nd Annual Japanese Calligraphy Competition in Canada will hold its exhibition in the JCCC Gallery from November 8-21, The opening and award ceremony will be held on Sunday November 8 at 2:00pm. This competition has been supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto, the JCCC, and the Japan Foundation in Toronto. All entries were judged by five distinguished calligraphers in Japan, who deemed worthy 5 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze and 26 honourable mention awards. The variety and diversity of the work are highlighted by the beautiful mounting of everyone s work on silk scrolls. The 122 submissions were received by many communities across Canada. Opening hours of the exhibition are weekdays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, weekends from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Ayame-Kai 25th Anniversary Concert by Ayame-Kai The Ayame-Kai Dance Group is proudly celebrating the club s 25th Anniversary and is commemorating this milestone with a concert highlighting Japanese semi-classical odori and folk dance. Also performing are singers Tak Yoshida, Kyoko Iwamura and the renowned taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu. The concert will be held in the Coby & Yone Kobayashi Hall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Saturday November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adult and $10 for child (please make cheques payable to Ayame Kai). Tickets may be purchased through the JCCC ( ). Thank-you and we hope to see you there! Toronto Kohaku 2009 by Toronto Kohaku Committee The ever popular Toronto Kohaku is coming back to the Kobayashi Hall on Saturday December 12, The most talented singers and performers in the community will be competing against each other via Red (female singers) vs. White (male singers) format. Preparation is now underway and admission tickets go on sale on Sunday October 4 (Issei Day) at $20 each. Tickets are available via: JCCC ( ), Omori ( ) and Doyama ( ). Reserved seating only. Correction: There was a mistake in the caption for the Nisei Veterans Award photos in the September 09 issue. The correct caption is Left Photo: from left to right George Shintani, Fred Kagawa, Michiko Dan. Right photo: Roman Spada (left) with Fred Kagawa We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. 7
8 JCCC Family Golf Tournament 2009 The JCCC held its 13th annual Family Golf Tournament on September 13th. We had a beautiful sunny day!! Thank you so much to all the players for coming out and we were happy to see all the returning players and new faces too! The funds raised from the tournament will be used to support Heritage initiatives and programming at the JCCC. These are all events that involve getting the community and different generations together to learn about Japanese Canadian history. We encourage everyone to join us next year for another great day!! Please note that this tournament is for everyone who would like to play golf, whether novice or experienced, in a fun atmosphere. A special thank you and appreciation to all our sponsors this year: Platinum Sponsor - Dundee Wealth (Marty Kobayashi) who supplied the snack bags at the course and provided many of the prizes. Gold Towers Perrin (Mike Mulville), Paul and Sharon Marubashi & Family Silver Peter and Ethel Wakayama & Family, Ross and Nancy Shin & Family Silver Steve and Linda Oikawa & Family, Gene and Ruth Ogino & Family Gifts in Kind Ogden Funeral Homes, Ocean Foods, Holiday Inn Express, Pure Skin Salon & Spa, CI Investments, Fidelity Investments, Dynamic Funds, MacKenzie Investments, Invesco Trimark and the JCCC "Platinum Sponsor Marty Kobayashi, Branch Manager of DundeeWealth (middle) presents the Roy and Kay Shin Memorial Trophy to Low Net Grandparent-Grandchild Champs Michael Slater (L) and Stum Shimizu (R)..Photo courtesy of Kristin Kobayashi Also appreciation to the hard working committee Dawna Kobayashi, Linda Oikawa,Tom Oyagi, Dereck Oikawa, and Marty Kobayashi. A very special thank you to Tori Ichii Catering for making the fantastic buffet dinner and musubi s. The winners were: Consul General's cup (low net partners) Andy Matsumoto/Frank Nishioka Dundee Wealth Management Cup (scramble champions)- Bob, Harry, & Matt Vorps and Rob Barron Roy and Kay Shin Memorial Cup (low net grandparent/grandchild) - Tsutomu Shimizu and Michael Slater Low Net Mens/ Ladies Andy Matsumoto/ Kristi Cross Low Gross Mens/Ladies Rob Edamura/Reiko Schlichtig Longest Drive Mens/ Ladies/Junior Katsuji Okuda/Kristi Cross/Matt Vorps Closest to the Pin Mens/Ladies Daryl Kadohama/Reiko Schlichtig Everyone at the tournament received a prize through random draws in appreciation of their participation and we thank all those that donated the great assortment of items!! A special acknowledgement to Mr. Nishikaze of Ocean Foods who generously donated Japanese salad dressing to all the players. JCCC Family Golf Co-Chair Sharon Marubashi Crowds and Stars Flock to First Shinsedai Cinema Festival We are very pleased to report that the first Shinsedai Cinema Festival was a real success, greatly exceeding our expectations. The program was a mix of entertaining and accessible thrillers, comedies and dramas along with some more challenging art film and documentaries. At the JCCC we have always been trying to fill the gap between the two extremes of Japanese film making that is usually found on Toronto screens; that is classics by masters like Ozu and Kurosawa, and popular horror and exploitation films like The Ringu and Tokyo Gore Police. In our monthly film nights we try to identify films that are not, or rarely, shown in Toronto that reflect the Japanese cinema that is enjoyed by the average Japanese. These are crowd-pleasers like, Always, Hula Girls, Departures, Tony Takitani, When the Last Sword Is Drawn, etc.. Shinsedai allows us to expose another important aspect of Japanese film culture: new films by up-and-coming young directors. For another perspective on the Festival we have included and article by Carly Yoshida-Butryn which originally appeared in the September 2009 issue of Nikkei Voice (see page 7). 8 Photo left: co-programmers Chris McGee and Jasper Sharp toast the opening of the Festival with "Thunderfish" lead actress Junko Kimoto. Photo courtesy of Jerry Hipsh.
9 New Japanese Film Festival Showcases Independent Films By Carly Yoshida-Butryn People who regularly attend events at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto may not be used to seeing edgy, avant garde cinema, but that s exactly what they got last month at the first-annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival in Toronto. Artistic as well as frank portrayals of sexuality, war, violence, and love were common themes present in the cinema screened at the festival showcasing independent Japanese filmmaking. Almost two thousand people attended the three-day festival that took place from August 21to 23, screening new, upcoming talent emerging in Japan. The films varied from short films that were only five minutes long to documentaries and full feature-length films that were over an hour. Many of the films shown had their Canadian debut at this festival and were a definite departure from the chaste and traditional fare typically seen at the Centre and on Japanese television. But that s what festival organizers Jasper Sharp and Chris MaGee were going for. We re doing something very different than what people expect from Japanese film, said MaGee, founder and editor of the Toronto J-Film PowWow, an online community dedicated to discussing Japanese film. We wanted a mix of films, said Sharp. We weren t necessarily going for crowd pleasers. The festival was curated by Sharp, an author, film historian, and cofounder of Midnight Eye (midnighteye.com), an online resource dedicated to new Japanese cinema. Audience members varied from young film buffs to silver-haired seniors. While most of the films were in Japanese, English subtitles made sure that everyone could understand the films. And while some of the artier, more abstract films left attendees a little lost and confused, the response to the festival was positive, and MaGee and Sharp have high hopes for next year. The two hope the festival will be even bigger in 2010 and are considering adding an extra day to the event. For a first year festival, I think we re doing really well. I m very proud, said MaGee. The festival came together in a matter of months following the Nippon Connection film festival in April this year, another showcase for independent Japanese cinema in Frankfurt, Germany. MaGee and Sharp met there and lamented that a similar event didn t exist in Toronto. However, soon after their meeting, MaGee proposed the event idea to Executive Director of the Centre, James Heron, and the festival then came together within a matter of months. Opening night of the festival welcomed everyone to the event with a reception that included sushi catered by restaurant Sushi Marché and speeches by the event organizers thanking everyone for attending. There was also a traditional sake cask-breaking ceremony where the organizers, sponsors, and special guests broke open a cask of sake with wooden mallets to officially mark the opening of the festival. The Canadian premiere of the film Naked of Defenses kicked off opening night of the festival. The film follows the life of a plastics factory worker named Ritsuko who strikes up a friendship with a new colleague who is eight months pregnant. But their relationship is made difficult by Ritsuko s recent miscarriage. The powerful film held audiences captive with its honest characters and representations of love, sorrow, and friendship. Another highlight included the North American premiere screening of Thunderfish on the second night of the festival, what MaGee called the closest thing to a gala that Shinsedai had. The full-length feature film follows freelance photojournalist Hasumi to Cantella Island, a place known for its brothel and hospitable prostitutes, to find a missing photographer. His journey leads him to a mysterious prostitute who may hold the key to why bodies wash up under the Mosulin Bridge every year and how that relates to a mysterious fish called raigyo. The film was dark, scary, and sensual and kept the audience enthralled until the very end. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with director Touru Hano, cinematographer Tetsuhiro Kato, and lead actress Junko Kimoto who all flew in from Japan for the event. The Iraq war documentary Little Birds was also screened that day. Cheers to a successful event! Subaru Canada CEO and President Katsuhiro Yokoyama leads the opening "Kampai". Photo courtesy of Jerry Hipsh. From left to right: filmmakers Akino Kondoh, Yoshihiro Ishii, Touru Hano, Tetsuhiro Kato. Photo courtesy of Jerry Hipsh. The gripping documentary follows everyday citizens living in Iraq who deal with the destruction and danger of the war. Directed by Takeharu Watai, the documentary shows a more human side to the conflict, giving audiences a glimpse into life in a war-torn country. Now you might be wondering how two young Caucasian men ended up organizing such an event and why they have become enthralled with Japanese cinema. But MaGee just likens it to falling in love. Just like you can t choose who you fall in love with, MaGee and Sharp just can t help being in love with Japanese film. It s about introducing Japanese cinema to people who aren t familiar with it, and to those who are, it s about introducing things they have not encountered before, said MaGee of the festival. You never know who you re going to reach with these films. (Printed with permission from Nikkei Voice) 9
10 DONATIONS TO THE JCCC As of September 10, 2009 The JCCC gratefully acknowledges the following donations: JCCC Ms. Anne Bouibon-Steers 100 Mrs. Dianne Dejong 10 Mrs. Mary Ebata 30 Mrs. Mitsue Kay Fujita 30 Mrs. Tosh Fukuda 50 Mrs. Sanae Fukushima 20 Mr. and Mrs. Koji Goto 50 Mrs. Shay Hashimoto 30 Mr. Lawrence Heron 500 Shin Sedai Film Festival Ms. Rose Hirayama 20 Mrs. Dianne Hotta 10 Mrs. Colleen Hrivnak 50 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Inouye 88 Sanae Inouye's 88th birthday Mr. Peter Ito 30 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Iwata 50 Mrs. Fumi Iwata 30 Mrs. Shizuko Kadoguchi 100 In appreciation for CMC Award Mrs. Mitsuko Kadonaga 30 Mr. and Mrs. Ritz Kinoshita 25 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kobayashi 15 Mr. Susumu Kozai 30 Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Lee 150 Mrs. Hannah Misumi 25 Mr. and Mrs. Atsushi Miura 30 Mr. and Mrs. Koichi Miyamoto 10 Mrs. Hodo-Michiko Mizoguchi 100 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nagata 65 Mrs. Frances Nakamura 30 Mr. and Mrs. Takahiro Nakamura 65 Mrs. Haruko Nakashima 25 Mrs. Elizabeth Nishizawa 100 Mr. and Mrs. Buzz Ogaki 25 Mr. and Mrs. George Ohashi 25 Mr. George Pachovsky 20 Mr. Cary Rothbart 20 Mr. George Saito 20 Mrs. Sumie Sasaki 50 Mrs. Mary Shikatani 20 Mr. Victor Suzuki 100 Mrs. Jessie Tanaka 30 Mr. Harry Tonogai 100 Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tsuda 65 Mrs. Ayako Tsushima 52 Mrs. Betty Ura 100 Ms. Yan Yan Woo 20 Mrs. Yukiko Yabuta 20 Mrs. Shieko Yamada 20 Mr. Takehiko Yoshida Frames for Arigato Day & Issei Day In Memoriam In memory of Barron Chuzo Wakabayashi Brian Wakabayashi & Nancy Quinn 100 Mrs. Kaye Oda 25 Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Okawara 25 Wynford Seniors' Club 50 In memory of Dorothy Haruko Uchikata Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Matsubayashi 50 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Okada 50 In memory of Frank Usami Mrs. Kaye Oda 25 In memory of Fred Shigeo Onizuka Mr. and Mrs. Shoji Takahashi 35 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wakayama 50 In memory of George Toyota Mrs. Doris Fujioka 20 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ikeda 25 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miyasaki 40 Mr. and Mrs. George Nakamura 30 Mr. Ken Yamada 20 In memory of Glenn Inamoto Mrs. Donna & Mr. Bob Davis 100 Ms. Andrea Dear 40 Mr. Douglas Grant 500 Ms. Charlotte Letourneau 10 Dr. Grant Lum 1,000 Manitoulin Group of Companies 150 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nishioka 30 Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ray 50 Mr. Harvey Sasaki 25 Mrs. June E. Shin 20 Ms. Wendy Yamamoto 50 In memory of Gus & Jimmy Kadonaga Mr. and Mrs. Tad Miura 30 In memory of Yaeko Irene Maruno Mrs. Terrie T. Kawaguchi 100 Mrs. Hannah Misumi 25 Mr. and Mrs. George Nakamura 20 Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Okawara 100 In memory of Kay Yamashita Mr. Masuo Yamashita 50 In memory of Kim Inouye Mr. and Mrs. Robert Takagi 25 In memory of Kimi Wakabayashi Mr. and Mrs. Sid Ikeda 50 Mrs. Katherine Nishino 25 In memory of Kiyoko Kurokawa Mrs. Deena Ashizawa 100 Mr & Mrs John Hayami 50 In memory of Masaharu Mukai Mrs. Fumiye Mukai 300 In memory of Michiyo Hamade Toronto Reference Library 75 In memory of Miyoko Ohtake Mrs. Shizuko Kadoguchi 100 Mr. and Mrs. Tad Miura 25 In memor of Ruth Mitsuko Penfold Ms. Katherine Adachi 75 Mrs. Sandra Bates 50 Kay and Linda Fujita 100 Ms. Marie Hori 25 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kamitakahara 100 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kawai 25 Mr. and Mrs. Ritz Kinoshita 25 Vince, Reg, Janie and Patti Kishimoto & Families 50 Mr. Emiko Kuwabara 50 Mrs. Esther Kuwabara 50 Mr. and Mrs. A. Roy Nagami 25 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nishino 50 Mrs. Ruth Saito 50 Mr. and Mrs. Vern Spruit 50 Mr. and Mrs. Bill Swift 50 Mercedes Tasane 25 Mr. Henry Wylde 75 Mr. Dale Yamaoka 50 Mr. and Mrs. Mas Yatabe 25 In memory of Sadie Arai Mrs. Misao Tehara 50 In memory of Sam Wakayama Mrs. Irene T. Wakayama 200 Mrs. Diane Carter 20 Frances Galszechy 25 Mr. and Mrs. Ted Harada 25 Mrs. Joan Hirano 20 Mr. and Mrs. Sid Ikeda 50 Mrs. Miyo Ito 25 Mrs. Shizuko Kadoguchi 50 Mr. and Mrs. Ko Kadonaga 50 Ms. Yasmin Karachiwalla 50 Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kawabe 20 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Murray 50 Mr. and Mrs. Sam Nishiyama 50 Mr. and Mrs. Ken Noma 30 Mr. and Mrs. Shig Onizuka 20 Ms. Jane Orida 40 Mr. and Mrs. Tad Oyagi 20 Mrs. Laura Sayles 75 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tsuruda 20 Mr. and Mrs. George Tsushima 25 Art & Marj Wakabayashi 40 Ms. Kimi Wakabayashi 25 Mr. Fred Yamamoto 50 In memory of Takeo Ozaki Ms. Barbara Carss 50 Mrs. Aileen Chiba Mr. Nelson Clay 100 Denis Matthews & Mary Ann Elliott 100 Mrs. Judith Ermellini 25 Mrs. Ruby Fukumoto 25 Mr. and Mrs. George Iwata 30 Mr. and Mrs. Roy Iwata 25 Mr. John Izumi 100 Mrs. Claire Moran 25 Panasonic Canada Inc 100 Mrs. Pauline Puodziunas 50 Mr. and Mrs. Ko Sogawa 50 Mr. and Mrs. A Stawinoga 20 Mr. and Mrs. George Tsushima 25 10
11 Mr. Neil Webster 25 Dr. and Mrs. John Yoshioka 25 Mr. Manfred Zillmer 20 In memory of Ted Oda Mr. and Mrs. Kamezo Tanaka 50 In memory of Tosh Moriyama Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miyasaki 40 In memory of Yoneko Hisaki Mr. and Mrs. Robert Takagi 25 Heritage Mr. and Mrs. Sid Ikeda 35 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wakayama 35 Mr. and Mrs. Harold Yoneyama 500 In memory of Kaz Hamasaki Mr. Gary Hamasaki & Ms. Gloria Baxter 150 Mr. and Mrs. Mas Hamasaki 200 DONATIONS TO THE JCCC As of September 10, 2009 The JCCC gratefully acknowledges the following donations: Makaha Sons Concert Mr. Terry Watada 500 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wakayama 500 Just Add Shoyu Cookbook Ms. Valerie Nash 100 Annual Family Golf Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marubashi 270 Anonymous 150 Mr. and Mrs. Ross Shin 100 Towers Perrin Inc 600 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wakayama 200 Supporting Member Leader : Mr. Masashi Shin 500 Mrs. Miyeko Sugamori 500 Partner: Mr. and Mrs. Ken Fukushima 100 Dr. and Mrs. Tatsuo Hori 150 Mr. Peter Ito 150 Mr. and Mrs. George Iwata 150 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kobayashi 150 Mrs. Frances Nakamura 150 Ms. Valerie Nash 120 Mrs. Kaye Oda 130 Mrs. Keiko Ono 120 Mr. and Mrs. Tosh Sakura 150 Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Stacey Takashima 150 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Takeuchi 115 Sedai Nelson Arthur Hyland Foundation 15,000 Back2feet Walks Over Birchmount Collision by Bob Doi The 2009 JC 3-Pitch play-offs featured an interesting twist and a huge upset. In the semi-finals, last place finishers Birchmount Collision stunned regular season champions Wietzes Toyota with some timely defense to win by 2 runs in one semifinal game. 2nd year team Back2feet defeated Dundee Wealth Management in the second semi-final game. The Play-off championship final pitted the 3rd and 4th place teams against each other and Back2feet prevailed by a score of in a high scoring affair. Congratulations Back2feet! Final Regular Season Team Standings: Wins Ties Losses 1) Wietzes Toyota Captain: Mr. Steve Yano 2) Dundee Wealth Mgm t Captain: Mr. Paul Takasaki 3) Back2feet Captain: Mr. Rob Takimoto 4) Birchmount Collision Captain: Mr. Glen Kawaguchi Playoff Champions: Back2feet! Photo courtesy of Bob Doi. The JC 3-Pitch League would like to thank all of its players, team captains and sponsors: Wietzes Toyota (Mr. Gary Brownlie), Dundee Wealth Management (Mr. Marty Kobayashi), Back2feet (Ms. Yim Lok) and Birchmount Collision (Mr. Wayne Hosaki) for their continuing support. Correction from September 09 issue, page 5: In body of article, Birchmount Collision (Rob Takimoto) Should have read: Back2feet (Rob Takimoto) Haiku Corner 俳句コーナ 山くれて 紅葉の朱を うばひけり 芭蕉 Yamakurete momiji no shu wo ubai keri Basho The mountain grows darker, taking the scarlet, from autumn leaves. 淋しさや花火のあとの星の飛ぶ子規 Samishisaya hanabi no atono hoshi no tobu Shiki Lonliness; after the fireworks, a falling star. 11
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17 The Road to Asia Festival 2009 is a two-day festival celebrating the richness and exciting diversity of Asian culture. The festival creates a thriving multicultural atmosphere which highlights Asian cultures through traditional Food, Arts and Crafts, Music, Dance and Martial Arts, all under one roof. Sat. November 7 & Sun. November 8 11:00 am - 5:00 pm For more information, call Garamond Court, Toronto Admission: JCCC members FREE $5 adults $3 seniors/students 17
18 Meet Director Yojiro Takita at a Screening of his Academy Award-winning Masterpiece Departures at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Japanese with English subtitles The JCCC and the Japan Foundation are proud to present a special screening of the 2008 Academy Award-winning masterpiece, Departures. Director Yojiro Takita will join us to introduce his film, take questions after the movie, and participate in an informal post-film reception. Departures was also the recipient of 10 Japanese Academy Awards. 18 October 26, pm Admission: $10 (JCCC members $8) for tickets 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5
19 Ping Pong for Fun The club is open to speakers of any language - the common language is Ping Pong! October 15 - December 3, 2009 Every Thursday (8 weeks) 7:00pm - 9:00pm Fee: $30 ($25 for JCCC members) Age: Must be 16 years old and over JCCC will provide ping pong rackets, however, we suggest you bring your own equipment. Call now for registration at Everyone Welcome! J-comm Committee 6 Garamond Court Toronto M3C 1Z
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21 2nd Annual Japanese Calligraphy Competition in Canada 2PM Exhibition Nov. 8-21,2009 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, tel weekdays noon - 4pm weekends 10-5pm gallery talk Nov. 14 & pm Competition organized by SHODO CANADA Supported by The Consulate General of Japan, The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center and The Japan Foundation, Toronto 21 Presentation Nov. 8, 2009 Award
22 If you answer yes to the following questions (and if you are a resident of the Greater Toronto Region), you should apply to be a 2010 DiverseCity Fellow: 1. Have you worked on city-building initiatives that aim to make a positive change in our region? 2. Are you committed to engaging and leveraging the Greater Toronto Region s diverse cultures, perspectives, and experiences? 3. Are you willing to push yourself to grow as a leader? 4. Are you eager to build and maintain collaborative relationships with new people from a range of sectors in order to contribute to Toronto s future? 5. Are you willing and able to commit to a 12-month fellowship (January-December 2010), including one overnight retreat, ten full-day sessions, plus independent development of a city-building project (outside of professional work)? Application and selection process DiverseCity Fellows are selected through a competitive application process. Applications for DiverseCity Fellows 2010 can be downloaded or completed on-line at There are no application or registration fees. Deadline 5:00pm (EST) Friday October 9, Decisions will be made by January 1, Only successful candidates will be contacted. About DiverseCity Fellows DiverseCity Fellows is a one-year action-oriented fellowship program for 25 rising city-builders who are deeply committed to developing themselves into better leaders and working across sectors on issues that are critical to the future health and wealth of the Toronto region. The DiverseCity Fellows program takes a learning-by-doing approach. By connecting and supporting rising city-builders today, the program aims to: Create a civic leadership that reflects the diversity of the Toronto region; Advance the strategic capacity of city-building leaders as they strive to effect positive change, and; Develop a new kind of leadership, one that values diverse perspectives and operates across sectors. Over the course of a year, Fellows participate in innovative and provocative workshops on leadership development, diversity, and civic awareness. DiverseCity Fellows connects rising leaders to influencers and decision-makers across the GTA. The program culminates with the design and implementation of city-building action projects that Fellows develop with partner institutions. DiverseCity Fellows 2010 will run from January-December 2010 and includes one overnight retreat, ten full-day sessions, plus independent development of a city-building project (outside of professional work). DiverseCity Fellows is part of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project, an initiative of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and Maytree. Additional Information To read about the 2009 DiverseCity Fellows and city-building projects visit: For more information contact: Toronto City Summit Alliance 22 e
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