COVID-19 – Update on Centre Operations

Given the recent information on the COVID-19 situation, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Japanese Centre of Hamilton have decided to cease all operations at the CJCC effective immediately until April 6, 2020. This decision will be reviewed at that time and extended if necessary. All scheduled programs, events and meetings are being suspended until further notice.

The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre is following the community based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recommended by the Government of Canada.

Some of the factors that were considered in making this decision included:

  • On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic.
  • Canada’s Public Health Service continues to assess the risk to Canadians from the COVID-19 virus as low, but warns that the situation could change rapidly.
  • The newest research shows that, in some cases, carriers that are asymptomatic can have a higher viral load and be more infectious. What this means is a carrier may show no signs of the infection and spread it unknowingly.
  • The Premier of Quebec has asked that all people over 70 to stay home, until further notice.

All public spaces in both Toronto and Hamilton have been shut down to help contain spread of the virus and the Board has decided to cease operations to keep our members and friends safe during this time.

Please keep washing your hands and limiting contact with each other.

Thank you for your understanding

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Together in Dance – February 16 2020

The Centre’s own Suzuran Odori will be performing this Sunday! Come and join this fun event, and see dancing styles from many different cultural backgrounds. B1815CC7-C601-4196-B7E2-6040D16E5F66

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NAJC AGM – February 29

The Hamilton Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians is having their Annual General meeting on February 29 at the Centre. Copies of the BC redress will be available at the meeting. Don’t have your membership yet? Please contact hamiltonnajc@gmail.comNAJC AGM

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Win tickets to Drum Tao 2020!

We would like to congratulate Rosa T. for winning the tickets to Drum Tao, it was an enjoyable and energetic events!

Thanks to all who entered to win, we hope to do more promotions with Drum Tao when they return to Canada!


Thanks to the fine folks at the Meridian Hall – formerly Sony Centre – we are giving away one pair of tickets to Drum Tao 2020 for February 27! If you haven’t seen them before, Tao is a fantastic, fun taiko group with incredible showmanship.

To enter, go to our Facebook page, and just like, comment or share the contest post in order to be entered in the random draw for the tickets. The contest closes on February 13 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 14 – just in time to be a Valentine’s Day gift :-).


Tickets may also be purchased by using this link to the Meridian Hall site: Drum Tao 2020 tickets

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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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