Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year from The Japan Foundation,
We are now emerging, slowly but surely, from the short days and long,
dark nights of the Canadian winter. Despite the snow flurries and
cold winds, later sunsets offer a promise of the coming spring.
We are grateful for each additional minute of sunlight, as we are
now in the midst of our busiest season. At the Japan Foundation, Toronto,
we are hosting a new exhibition, "Ceramics for Daily Comfort:
Designs by Yasuki Sakamoto and Kazuhiro Tominaga." We also have
a number of events in January, including "Itadakimasu! A Series
Exploring Sustainable Food Systems and Mindful Eating" and "Seeing
the Doctor in Japan: An Introduction to the Japanese Healthcare System."
On January 26, we will be joined by Hiroshi Kurushima, a history
scholar from Japan, who will take us into the world of the samurai.
And our own Toshi Aoyagi will offer a series of talks to elucidate
the complex and fascinating world of Kabuki Theatre, in preparation
for our screenings of Cinema Kabuki at the Tiff Bell Lightbox on February
9 and 10.
Spotlight Japan, the citywide celebration of Japanese culture, kicks
off at TIFF in late January with two must-see retrospectives, "Tokyo
Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu" and "Japanese Divas: The
Great Actresses of Japanese Cinema's Golden Age."
Please visit the Spotlight Japan website for more programming from
Canadian Stage, Soundstreams and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Finally, if you have thought about learning to speak Japanese for
travel or pleasure, why not take a look at some of the free courses
offered by the Japan Foundation? We offer classes to help you enjoy
our exhibitions and cultural programming, as well as basic travel
conversation, JLPT preparation, and more. Visit our language website
for the latest course information.
I hope that 2013 proves to be a fulfilling year for you all, and
I look forward to seeing you at The Japan Foundation, Toronto and
The Japan Foundation, Toronto