Japanese Canadian Cultural Center

The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center (JCCC) is a gathering place in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for the Japanese Canadian community and those of non-Japanese ancestry who have an interest in Japanese culture.

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The mission of the center is to build “a spirit of co-operation and harmony among people of different cultures by coordinating community events and programs with other ethnic organizations.”

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Conveniently located in mid-town Toronto (Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue), JCCC was recently renovated by the architectural firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects.

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The JCCC offers a wide variety of Japanese cultural programs and experiences for its 3,500 members, almost half of who are of non-Japanese ancestry, and approximately 35 percent who are seniors.

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The JCCC showcases the creative energy and dedication of many talented artisans, musicians, dancers and martial arts practitioners.  On the second floor, you will find a number of meeting rooms …

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… while on the main floor, there are two martial arts courts for aikido, kendo, etc.

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The Kobayashi Hall is the JCCC’s 6,500 square foot performance hall opened in 2004 and seats 450 people. The Hall is a multifunctional space and has been designed to accommodate music concerts, festivals and traditional community events, business conferences, weddings, banquets, martial arts tournaments, theatrical performances and film festivals.

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The Gendai Gallery is a not-for-profit exhibition space committed to exhibiting contemporary art and design.

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Also located in the first floor is the Japanese Information Center which includes a library …

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… and a number of models on display.

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Outside, you will find a small Japanese garden.

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Finally, on your way out, you can purchase some Japanese goods in the gift shop near the reception area.

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  9. Huh! I had no idea that this existed. As a Canadian it is my duty to go check it out next time I’m in Tokyo.🙂

    I’ve heard that the Canadian Embassy is a pretty nice place too.

    • Thanks for the comment. JCCC is located in Toronto, not Tokyo🙂 Yes, the I heard that the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo is quite nice (for some reason, I did not visit there while I lived in Tokyo for 2 1/2 years).

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