Chapter President’s Report – December 2014

November 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

by David Fujino.

Dear Friends,

There’s been a lot of change at the Toronto NAJC, but you can always get in touch with us  — our temporary phone number is 416 960 1317,  and our mailing address remains the same —

National Association of Japanese Canadians, Greater Toronto Chapter, 6 Garamond  Court, Suite 240, Toronto, On, M3C 1Z5 — and you can always email us at:

This month`s hard news is the Chapter`s AGM (Annual General Meeting) which will be held on December 7, 2014, from 2 to 4 pm at our office at 6 Garamond Court, Suite 240. All persons interested in supporting the activities of the Toronto NAJC and the election of officers are invited to attend. Tea will be served. For details, contact David Fujino by email,, or by phone 416-960-1317 (temporary).

Well! It`s been an active year for quality Toronto NAJC programs and projects. Here`s a selection: – Japantown Documentary: The mural (Phase 1) on the wall of Sanko Japanese Grocery Store is completed and (Phase 2) a documentary on the present state of the Nikkei community is evolving.

– The Chapter`s mid-summer participation in Matsuri at Dundas Square consisted of two talented JC artists painting a continuously changing mural entitled, Evolving Painting Wall.

The Annex Reunion was the Chapter`s way of saying a fond farewell to the original Annex drop-in centre for Japanese Canadians in the 1980`s on Toronto`s Danforth. The September reunion drew past Annex supporters and friends in from Toronto and outside Toronto areas.

– A well-attended book launch of Professor Mona Oikawa’s Cartographies of Violence: Japanese Canadian Women, Memory, and the Subjects of the Internment took place on May 11, 2014, from 4 to 6 pm at Another Story Bookshop at 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. It was a rare opportunity to honor this book and its author for her brilliantly diligent scholarship on the Japanese Canadian internment.

– Thanks to the scanning efforts of our Toronto NAJC board member, Yosh Inouye, Stories of My People by Roy Ito, the book that went out-of-print is now available in CD format. For those who want the book, the Chapter can advise you on ordering.

Nikkei Manga-gatari: A story of three generations in the Nikkei community as told in manga format. The first book on the Issei has been published and Nisei and Sansei books are in production.

–  Japanese Social Services and Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day have each received donations from the Chapter to assist in continuing their good work.

Hide Shimizu Scholarship: An annual award given to male or female post-secondary students of Japanese ancestry. This scholarship is a co-project of the Toronto Chapter and the Hastings Park Foundation. The scholarship gratefully issues tax receipts to donors.

NAJC Nikkei Heritage Tours: These tours to Hawaii and Japan are packaged in agreement with Safeway Travel in Vancouver and the National NAJC. Local Chapters can benefit financially by promoting these tours among their membership. I was part of one of these tours to Honolulu in the summer of 2013 and saw for myself the influential majority position the Japanese occupy in Hawaiian life. There was an educational aspect to this tour which introduces travellers to the Japanese presence and history in Hawaii and for this I thank  the NAJC planners. This NAJC heritage tour was worthwhile.

Roy Miyashita Concert, December 21, 2014. The Chapter is co-sponsoring a concert by a musical treasure in the Nikkei community, pianist Roy Miyashita. Mr.Miyashita is also a resident in Castleview Wychwood Towers, a co-sponsor of this 2 to 4 pm Sunday event. Admission by donation (Suggested $10.00). RSVP  to 416-960-1317, or email Home-style refreshments will be served. Come out to Roy`s concert . We`d love to see you. Refreshments will be served.

My parting words are —  Season`s Best! and, Have a healthy and happy and safe December!

Respectfully yours,

David Fujino