Happy New Year!

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Christmas Bazaar


The Christmas Bazaar was a great success! Thanks to all who came out, and to all those helped! A special thanks to our craft ladies, without whom the Bazaar would not exist.


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Annual General Meeting

November 10, 2019
1:30pm to 2:30pm

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Open House – Saturday, Sept 14

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Our annual Open House is being held on Saturday, September 14, starting at 11am.

This is a great opportunity chat with the instructors and see demonstrations of martial arts, odori (dancing),  ikebana (flower arranging), and other cultural programs; meet old friends and develop new friendships; and buy delicious food.

In addition, the Centre will formally receive Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Commendation for its work in promoting Japanese culture in Canada over the years. The Consul-General, Mrs. Takako Ito, will make the presentation.

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CJCC receives Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation!

Congratulations to all of our hard-working volunteers over the years!

The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton (CJCC) is the proud recipient of the 2019 Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. 

This award is given annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups who contribute to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.  This year, 206 individuals and 63 groups world-wide received this honour. CJCC is one of only eight Canadian recipients in 2019. 

Founded in 1978, CJCC is a registered charity whose purpose is to encourage and co-ordinate cultural activities that are of Japanese origin. It was founded by Japanese Canadians, many of whom were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II, who wished to preserve their Japanese Canadian heritage for future generations.

Along with special events, current programming includes social clubs and support for Japanese Canadian community groups, Japanese language instruction, Japanese flower arranging (ikebana), traditional Japanese dancing (nihon buyo), many vibrant martial arts programs as well as exercise programs. There are also annual events co-sponsored by the centre that are an integral part of the community which reflect Japanese Canadian heritage.

The Consul General of Japan Ms. Takako Ito, will attend this year’s  CJCC Japan Day Open House on Saturday, September 14 to personally present the award at the opening ceremony (11:00am).  Accepting the award on behalf of the Centre will be long-time supporters, community members Chiyoko Izumi, Kim Hashimoto, and Jim Suenaga. 


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Remembering Hiroshima-Nagasaki

Tuesday, August 6 @ noon – Vigil at Dundas Town Hall

Thursday, August 8 @ 7pm – Shadow drawings on James Street North, Hamilton


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BC Redress Consultation

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The National Association of Japanese Canadians – Hamilton Chapter is hosting a BC Redress consultation on Sunday, May 26 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information, please see refer to the Toronto NAJC background info on BC redress (you’ll need to scroll down the page).

Pre-registration here is appreciated.

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Zumba classes at the Centre

Zumba classes are starting at the Centre! No experience necessary – just be prepared to have fun and sweat!

Taught by certified instructor Angela Correa, classes are Wednesdays from 8:15 pm to 9:15 pm.

Centre members: $8/class; $72/10 classes; $140/20 classes

Non-members: $10/class; $90/10 classes; $175/20 classes

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Anime club now at the Centre

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Please contact Lydia at lid5@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

Please note that the club will not be meeting in July or August due to prior commitments.

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Spring/summer sessions at the Centre

Now that the weather is warming up, please think about enrolling in our spring and summer sessions. Some of the programs may have minimum class size requirements, so the earlier you can let the instructor/contact know about your interest, the better!

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Odori (Japanese Dancing) – Obon classes starting May 10!

Many of our other programs are offered year-round. If there is something that you are interested in that’s not listed above, please feel free to contact the program area!

Euchre players are also needed for Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Cost is $3 per night. Come out for some fun and fellowship. Please contact the Centre if you are interested or have any questions.

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