Saturday Opening, Craft Documentaries, Foreign Policy Panel Discussion, Katakana Class, Library News

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Saturday Opening, Craft Documentaries, Foreign Policy Panel Discussion, Katakana Class, Library News

Post  JF on Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:32 pm


August 11: Saturday Opening, noon- 5pm
This exhibition consists of 64 pieces in six sections revealing examples of the characteristics of Japanese contemporary crafts: Ostentation (Use of outstanding colours, and gold & silver), Wabi (Quiet refinement, natural expression of the materials), Crispness (Strong forms and captivating colours), Fine Detail (Elaborate workmanship), Deformation (Beauty of unevenness), Kacho (Flowers and birds, Traditional ornamental motifs).

Admission: Free
Details, gallery hours and opening dates

Complementing Contemporary Japanese Crafts
Japanese Craft Documentary Festival
August 13, 14, 21, 23 at 6 pm

Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor
Admission: Free
RSVP not required (arrive early to ensure seating)
Language: Japanese with English voice-over and subtitles

Spend an hour or two this month with some rare talent and unusual topics from the world of Japanese craftsmanship. We have selected a series of NHK documentaries to introduce some of Japan’s finest artisans and enhance your enjoyment of our current exhibition, Contemporary Japanese Crafts.

All of the films will be screened twice during the month of August, so drop in and catch as many as you like! No reservations are required, but seating is limited, so please arrive early. Doors open 15 minutes before screenings.
Details at


In Collaboration with the Japan Futures Initiative (JFI)
The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents:
What can Japan learn from Canada (and other middle powers)
about foreign and security policy?

Wednesday, August 15 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd floor of the Colonnade Building
Admission: free
RSVP Required: or (416) 966-1600 x102
Note: The JFT library will be open until 7 pm on this day
An international panel of experts will explore Japan’s potential future roles in managing regional and global security challenges, drawing upon the experiences of like-minded countries such as Canada, Australia and Sweden. The panelists will report on the results of an international workshop on the subject organized by the Japan Futures Initiative (JFI) and hosted by the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Ontario.
Details at

Summer 2012 Japanese Language Classes:
"Katakana through Manga for High School Students"
Simplified registration, no charge for textbook ($10 value)
The Japan Foundation is offering a 2-day Katakana through Manga class to high school students who are interested in Japanese Language and Japanese Culture. Students will have the chance to access an extensive collection of books and audio-visual materials, including Manga in both Japanese and English, in The Japan Foundation, Toronto Library.

Dates: Monday, August 20th, and Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 (2 days) 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Doors open at 5:00pm for textbook distribution, and tour of the library
*Registration deadline August 13th, 2012
(May close early if the total number reaches maximum capacity before the deadline.)
RSVP Required: or (416) 966-1600 x102
Details at


August 7 - 31: Library display, “Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Literature, Manga and Films”

August 11: Saturday opening from 12:00 to 5:00.

August 13: New arrivals on display, current new arrivals released for circulation. If you would like to place holds on the current new arrivals ( ), you can still do it at the front desk by Saturday, August 11.

August 15: Extended Hours Library will be open until 7:00 pm for the Japan Futures Initiative Panel Discussion

Changes after summer inventory:

- Section En Francais: Our library has a modest but significant collection of books on Japan in the French language, mostly translations of Japanese literature, but also books on culture, history and literary theory. Until recently they were scattered among other materials but now they are easier to find in a separate French section located next to the CD shelves, by the anime DVDs section.

- Manga shift: We keep manga in two locations– by the entrance in the Pop Culture Corner and at the back of the library. We shift the contents of the two locations seasonally, as we did last week. If you cannot find your favorite manga at the front, it is most likely in the back section now. Also, please take a look at the refreshed Pop Culture Corner – you might find interesting books that were hiding in the back until now.

- Discarded materials: We have discarded outdated issues of popular magazines, which you can find in the section by the copier.


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