TorontoNAJC January – February 2017 Update

January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm
January/February update

TorontoNAJC wishes all its members and friends a Happy and Healthy New Year. The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC held its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, December 4 in the Parish Hall of St David’s Anglican Church which is home to the St.Andrews Japanese Anglican Congregation. The business portion of the meeting was chaired by Bruce Tatemichi who is Acting President of the chapter.   Bruce introduced the 2016 Board of Directors and recapped the chapter’s 2016 activities. Randy Sakauye, the chapter’s Treasurer provided a the 2016 financial report of the chapter and Bill Kobayashi who chaired the election committee recommended the following slate be approved as the 2017 Board of Director consisting of Yosh Inouye, Janet Sakauye, Randy Sakauye, Ron Shimizu, Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth, Tokuji Suyama ,Bruce Tatemichi and Kim Uyede-Kai which the meeting approved. Following the business portion of the meeting, guest speaker Ms Kendall Yamagishi, a member […]

TorontoNAJC November Update

November 2, 2016 at 10:52 am
November update

Notification of Annual General Meeting The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC will hold its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Sunday, December 4 from 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Parish Hall of St David’s Anglican Church at 49 Donlands Ave, (immediately across from the Donlands Subway Stn), The meeting will consist of a brief review of the years activities, annual financial statements and election of 2017 Board of Directors. This year our guest speaker is Ms Kendall Yamagishi, a member of the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders and a lawyer at a Toronto legal aid clinic. Kendall will speak to us about her work at the clinic and update the meeting on the activities of the JCYL. All members and friends are invited to come. Discussion Series “We Should Know Each Other” “We Should Know Each Other” is a combined speaker-discussion series presented by the St Andrews Japanese Congregation of Toronto.  The purpose […]

Police Carding in Toronto

July 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm
police carding

TorontoNAJC has recently completed a ”watching brief” on carding explaining why it is racially discriminatory and a violation of rights and describes how the Toronto Police, Toronto Police Services Board, key stakeholders and the Ontario government responded to the issue.” In 2015, as the public controversy heightened over carding practices of the Toronto police force , the TorontoNAJC Board decided to maintain a “watching brief” on the issue in keeping with its interest in issues involving racial discrimination and violation of human and civil rights. To read the full article on police carding, click on the link below to download the pdf file. Police carding in Toronto and Responses WHAT IS CARDING? Carding is the random stopping and questioning of any individual by a police officer and recording the name, address, and other information including age, perceived skin colour, estimated height, and weight, and the names of friends into a […]

TorontoNAJC – Update

July 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm
July report

The TorontoNAJC Board approved a project by Tristan Tsuji to videotape interviews with Japanese Canadians of all generations of their life in Canada. Tristan is gathering background information now to begin interviewing in the fall. Also TorontoNAJC encourages JCs to attend the annual commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski on Saturday August 6 at Toronto City Hall ( TorontoNAJC is one of the supporters of the Hiroshima Day Coalition.  

TorontoNAJC – Update

June 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Bayefsky/Inouye Tattoo Images

Yosh Inouye, a TorontoNAJC board member, is a professional photographer and his striking photos of tattoos by Toronto tattoo artist Maru who specializes in traditional Japanese designs is on display in the “bayefsky/inouye – tattoo images”   exhibit at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre from May 19 through to August 8.   The exhibit is unique in partnering Yosh’s evocative photos with a showing of delicate watercolours of elaborately tattooed yakuza figures by the late Canadian painter Aba Bayefsky OC. Artist Bayefsky’s paintings were the results of his many visits to Japan in the 1970s and 80s. It is a fascinating exhibit of paintings and photos of beautifully elaborate and traditional Japanese tattoos. At the exhibit’s opening reception, Yosh commented: “Japanese tattoo artist, Maru, arranged the first tattoo shoot for me. I visited his studio in downtown Toronto and shot without having any idea of the final image.  I came back home, […]

TorontoNAJC – April Update

April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am
Setsuko Thurlow. Photos: Ron Shimizu

At its March meeting, the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC approved grants to the Japanese Social Services and the Hiroshima Day Coalition for 2016. Japanese Social Services ( is a charitable non profit organization which provides social assistance services to Japanese Canadians and Japanese citizens living in the Greater Toronto Area.   JSS provides referrals to available private and public assistance programs, translation and educational services and counselling programs. The agency’s bilingual staff are professionally trained to assist clients. The agency is funded by grants from the City of Toronto and the Japanese Consulate and through an active program of fund raising. It is an essential community service to an increasingly diverse Japanese presence in the GTA. The Hiroshima Day Coalition ( is a group of 16 organizations who commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August each year to advance their […]

TorontoNAJC – March Update

March 1, 2016 at 10:49 am
JCCC mural

TorontoNAJC and the New Wall Mural at the JCCC. A huge new mural reflecting traditional and modern Japanese culture now fills a once blank wall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto thanks to the efforts of artists Ken Galloway, Tim Fukukusa and Darcy Obokata. The painting is striking with its melange of images of samurai and women in kimono in juxstapostion with contemporary anime and sport figures in brilliant colours. The mural is part of a series of works including videos, street art and installations called “Japantown” initiated by Galloway, a TorontoNAJC board member for youth liasion which the chapter has supported over the past several years. Galloway, who also served as project coordinator on this project, organized the exterior wall mural of the well-known Japanese grocery store Sanko in the city several years ago . The same artists were a hit two years ago at the Matsuri […]