TorontoNAJC supports Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Toronto at Matsuri 2015

August 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

JC Young Leaders at  MatsuriOn Sunday July 26 at Dundas Square, the site of the third annual Matsuri in downtown Toronto, the young organizers of the fledging Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Toronto (JCYLT) braved the extreme heat in setting up an information booth to raise awareness of their recently formed group. The JCLYT booth was hosted  by Ken Galloway, Jessica Whitehead, Kendall Yamagashi, Ren Ito and Kristin Kobayashi.

TorontoNAJC was happy to support the JCLYT in their effort by providing modest financial support to take a booth at this year’s Matsuri and produce a video of their hosting an all inclusive – crowd participation  ” jan ken po” (rock sissors, fist)  contest at the event .   The aim of the JCLYT  in their own words  is: ” to provide a space where Japanese, Japanese-Canadian or Nikkei-identified people between the ages of 16 and 39 can connect with each other in Toronto.   We welcome everyone, from those who have recently come to Canada to Gosei and beyond. Our goals include community- building, identity building, mentoring, and political mobilization.”

Formed only in February, the group has already held a get together at the Natsu Matsuri at JCCC on July 11 and has gathered an online following of 60 on their Facebook page.