Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Type: Education Centre

Founded in 1963, this centre celebrates the culture, history, and legacy of Japanese Canadians.


Conservation / Preservation:

The Sedai Project is committed to collecting, documenting, preserving, and sharing the history of the Japanese Canadians. The Sedai Committee collects and preserves Japanese Canadian history through audio and video recordings, and they continue to search for all Japanese Canadians who were born in the pre-war and war years to sharetheir stories.

Public Programming:

The centre runs cultural arts classes to cultivate an appreciation for Japanese arts, including Japanese language, Bunka Shishu (embroidery), Shodo (calligraphy), Ikebana (flower arranging), and Sumi-e (painting). There are also martial arts classes and tournaments, and classes to learn cooking, origami, Taiko drumming, music, dance, and much more.

Educational Programming

More than 15,000 students from the GTA and beyond visit the JCCC each year to participate in seminars on Japanese history, culture, and the Japanese Canadian experience.

Special Events

Each year, the centre offers many events that showcase Canadian and internationally renowned artists ranging from visual arts to music, dance, film and theatre. These events offer a glimpse into Japanese life, culture and art that are not often seen outside of Japan. In many cases, it may be the first or only opportunity to experience the exhibit or performance in Canada.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

Many opportunities. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Yuki Hipsh, at 416-441-2345 ext. 235.

Address & Contact Information:

6 Garamond Court
Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Z5

Phone: (416) 441-2345; fax: (416) 441-2347
Email: jccc@jccc.on.ca
Website: http://www.jccc.on.ca/en/

Hours of Operation:

Building Hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:30am to 10:00pm
Reception Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Key Words: ethnicty, culture