2018 TorontoNAJC Membership Renewal Campaign

November 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm
2018 membership renewal campaign

Dear 2017 TorontoNAJC Members, Past Members and Friends of the Chapter First of all, we thank our members for your support of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC  for 2017. Your support enabled the chapter to carry out these activities in 2017.          A special luncheon on November 25th Honouring JCs on the 75th Anniversary of their Displacement and Internment  in Canada at Momiji  Centre, is being held in realization that the  majority of Nisei who experienced the displacement and internment are well into their senior years and this may be the last opportunity for a community-wide event to honour their courage, stoicism and determination in enduring the hardship of losing homes, property and livelihoods during WW2 and re-establishing  their lives after the war. The luncheon is benefiting from the support of the National NAJC,  the Momiji Health Care Society, the Toronto Buddhist Church and the JCCC Historical Committee and […]

TorontoNAJC November Update

November 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm
Setsuko Thurlow

TorontoNAJC congratulates Mrs. Setsuko Thurlow OC who will be accepting the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, [ICAN]. The prize recognizes the work of ICAN over many decades for advocating the global ban of nuclear weapons in which Mrs. Thurlow was instrumental. As a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, in 1945, she remembers and has recounted in graphic detail the horror of the tragic incident in which hundreds of thousands of civilians were incinerated and maimed, many bearing lifelong and even intergenerational effects. The human toll and suffering resulting from a nuclear weapon is endless. The Nobel Prize recognizes the crucial role of ICAN in the attainment of a major milestone achieved on July 7 of this year when a landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 countries. In being […]

TorontoNAJC September Update

September 5, 2017 at 9:17 am
75th Internment Anniversary

TorontoNAJC is holding a special luncheon  – “Honouring Japanese Canadians  on the 75th Anniversary of their Displacement and Internment in Canada”  on Saturday, November 25th  from noon to 4pm at Momiji Place.   The luncheon is being held in realization that the vast majority of Nisei who experienced the evacuation and internment and/or displacement are well into their senior years and this may be the last opportunity for a community-wide event to honour their courage, stoicism and determination in enduring the hardship of losing homes, property and livelihoods during WW2 and reestablishing their lives after the war. The luncheon will consist of a bento box lunch, photo exhibits of camp life and live entertainment.  It is an informal event and we are encouraging attendees to mix and mingle to meet friends old and new.   Tickets are $10/person up to Oct 15th  and $15/person from Oct 16th.   Tickets can be bought during […]

TorontoNAJC July Update

July 2, 2017 at 11:03 pm
July update

TorontoNAJC Supports the Japanese Social Service’s Visitation Program.  In response to its recent call for assistance to maintain its “Konichiwa” visitation program, the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC is pleased to offer a grant to the JSS.  This program-specific donation is in addition to an annual grant that the chapter makes to the JSS to assist with its general operations in the GTA.    The visitation program is a valued service to the infirm and aged in the JC community who are confined to their homes and find themselves isolated and lonely from time to time.  For a full description of the program please go to the JSS website at  http://jss.ca/en/konnichiwap/.  Donations can be made online by Paypal as well at http://jss.ca/en/supportkonnichiwa/ TorontoNAJC congratulates the Japanese Canadian Baseball League of Toronto on its 50th Anniversary. Many JCs have played ball at Christie Pits and other fields in the GTA over […]

David Fujino

May 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm
David Fujino

May 9, 2017. The Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Fujino who passed away on May 6, 2017.  David was a  member of the chapter’s Board of Directors for several years and served as President from 2014-15.   During his tenure he contributed to the Japanese Canadian community in many ways: he wrote a monthly column for the national JC magazine The Bulletin reflecting his keen interest and insight in the arts; he organized a very successful jazz concert for retired Nisei musician Roy Miya at the Castlewood-Wychwood Towers, a seniors complex in Toronto and held book launches for Japanese Canadian authors Terry Watada and Mona Oikawa.  In addition to being a community activist, David was an accomplished poet, writer and actor.  A profile of his work is online at http://www.individual.utoronto.ca/betts/eng356/david_fujino.htm David was a personal friend […]

TorontoNAJC May – June Update

May 9, 2017 at 8:40 am
Cosplay workshop

Cosplay Costume Workshop.   TorontoNAJC and the National NAJC sponsored a Cosplay Costume Making Workshop on March 31st at Steamlabs maker space in Toronto.  Participants were from 12-40 years old with beginners and experienced builders learning together. The workshop offered all levels an opportunity to work with the latest materials,thermal plastics, and learn a few tricks of the trade from costume designer Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth who organized the workshop and is a director of the chapter and secretary of the National NAJC.  Cosplay sprang from the Manga and Anime community in Japan and has grown into a worldwide movement. The workshop proved very successful and everyone has asked for more. Future events are being explored. We Should Know Each Other  –   the JC community discussion series continues this spring. Wednesday May 10th will feature Kathleen Kajioka, Jamie Parker and Ron Korb as featured speakers and performers.  Kathleen Kajioka is a classically-trained violist […]

TorontoNAJC March – April Update

April 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm
Donation to the Momiji Place Shuttlebus Campaign

Presentation of TorontoNAJC’s $20K Donation to the Momiji Place Shuttlebus Campaign Fund Feb 28, 2017 With TorontoNAJC’s $20K donation, the Momiji Place Shuttlebus Campaign exceeded their goal and has placed an order for a new vehicle to replace their aging shuttlebus. Staff and residents of Momiji Place are looking forward to the June delivery date of the new vehicle which is specially equipped to accommodate disabled passengers and their caregivers. REMEMBERING STANLEY HIDEO HIRAKI (1923-2017) Stan passed away on February 14, 2017, at the North York General Hospital, Toronto, shortly after celebrating his 94th birthday. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, son Lester (Sylvie), grandson David, and brother George (Esther) and sister Joy (Fred). Stan will be remembered for his life-long service to his community, and his commitment to the Japanese Canadian redress movement that resulted in the signing of the Redress Agreement in 1988 with the Government of […]