Saturday, November 14, 2009

BONENKAI! Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

December is coming and that means it’s time for the Canada Japan Society’s legendary BONENKAI celebration and party.

Bonenkai literally means “forget the year party” and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the end of another successful year and banish any negative memories you might have of 2009. The Canada Japan Soc...iety is building on our successful Bonenkai events of years past with this, our largest party of the year.

We would love to have you join this event and enjoy an evening of meeting new people with a connection/interest in Japan, reconnecting with those you haven’t seen for a while, informal networking, practicing your English and/or Japanese, learning more about the Canada Japan Society, and most of all…..have a great time.

This year we’re moving our venue from the now defunct Mochizuki to the cozy confines of the sleek ALIO Wine Bar on Dundas Street West near Bay.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
ALIO Wine Bar
108 Dundas Street West (at Bay)

CJS Members and Students $15
Non-Members $20
Admission includes lots of great food, live musical performances and fun.

If you would like to attend, or for more information, please RSVP to Jeff Harju.

***The Canada Japan Society is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing a better understanding between Canada and Japan.





今年の会場はMochizukiからおしゃれでリラックスした雰囲気のALIO Wine Barに移りました。Bayに近いDundas Street West で便利なロケーションです。料金には食事とライブ音楽の料金が含まれています。

場所: ALIO Wine Bar
108 Dundas Street West (at Bay)


参加希望の方及び詳細に関してはJeff Harjuまでご連絡ください。


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Movie Night - "The Twilight Samurai" on Nov. 20/09

The CJS’s 2009 – 2010 Movie Nights series continues on Friday, November 20th with a screening of “The Twilight Samurai”.

Seibei, a lowly samurai, toils under financial hardship to raise his two daughters after his wife’s untimely death. He is nicknamed Twilight, for he always returns straight home after work to care for his family, never socializing with colleagues. Through an unfortunate turn of events, Seibei is forced to confront issues of courage, honour and love.

Director Yoji Yamada, perhaps best-known for his prolific output of Tora-san (Otoko wa tsurai yo) movies, brings a surprising perspective on the samurai period drama (jidai geki). Set in the late Tokugawa Period – near the twilight of the samurai years – the film portrays the domestic life of the average samurai, who struggle for survival with no wars to fight. Those expecting the usual hardboiled, sword-brandishing machismo will be surprised by this sentimental, quietly-paced work.

“The Twilight Samurai” swept the 2003 Japanese Academy Awards, winning in 12 categories including Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress, and Cinematography. It also earned a 2004 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Twilight Samurai
(2002, 129 minutes)
Director: Yoji Yamada
Cast: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa

Friday, November 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm
National Film Board of Canada
150 John Street (at Richmond), 2nd Fl.

CJS members: $5
Guests: $10

After-party at Everest Café (232 Queen St. W.) – join us!