Tuesday, February 4, 2014

March 1, 2014: Snow Tubing in Snow Valley!

For those of you who enjoy the winter weather - and the thrill of speeding down snowy slopes on an inflatable rubber ring - come join the CJS and our friends at JCSA for a SNOW TUBING day trip to Snow Valley near Barrie on Saturday, March 1st!

The plan is to meet at Downsview subway station at 7AM and hop on a bus to Snow Valley with all the fun-seekers. The price of the event includes two hours of snow tubing in the morning and transportation to/from Snow Valley.  In the afternoon, you can participate in the activity of your choice (at an additional cost not included in the event price) - skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or more snow tubing. The group will then return to Downsview subway station around 7PM.

Seating/places are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please contact Jeffrey Chang by e-mail at jeffc@cjst.ca to book your spot!  You can also come to Ichimoku-kai (IMK) at Manpuku restaurant on Thursday, February 6th to sign up.

with JCSA
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Snow Valley @ Barrie, Ontario Time: 7 AM ~ 7 PM
Price: $35 (includes return bus & two-hours of snow tubing)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 6, 2014: CJS Ichimoku-kai (IMK) features the return of our popular Japanese & English book swap!

Come in out of the cold for the return of the Canada Japan Society’s popular JAPANESE & ENGLISH BOOK SWAP at ICHIMOKU-KAI on Thursday, February 6th!

Ichimoku-kai (IMK) literally means the “first Thursday meeting” and since 1995 it has been the Canada-Japan Society’s signature monthly social event, naturally taking place on the first Thursday of every month.  It is a great place to informally network, make new and interesting friends, practise your Japanese or English, and – most of all – have a good time!  Usually, half the attendees are Japanese and half are Canadian, all with an interest in or connection to Japan.  Attendees receive special food and drink discounts and have the chance to win some exciting door prizes.

How does the JAPANESE & ENGLISH BOOK SWAP work? Simply bring your unwanted Japanese or English books to IMK and trade them for others. Any type of book is OK - textbooks, cookbooks, Manga, Fiction, Non-Fiction, magazines…. anything really! There will be no charge for the books, and anyone can take whatever they like! (We only ask that if no one has taken any books that you bring that you take them home at the end of the evening as we have no place to store them...)

ALSO... People who come to IMK will have the opportunity to learn about our upcoming SNOW TUBING event with JCSA - it will be a lot of winter fun!

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 6, 2014
6-10 pm
Manpuku Japanese Restaurant
105 McCaul Street
Units 29-31 (in the Village by the Grange building, south of the Food Court)

There is a $5 cover charge for non-CJS members. Discounts are available for groups of three or more people.

February 11, 2014: Lecture at the Japan Foundation - An introduction to the world of trade regimes and negotiations

Our friends at The Japan Foundation on February 11th are hosting a talk on trade regimes and negotiations by distinguished Professor Yorizumi Watanabe of the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University in Tokyo.

Dr. Watanabe's career has featured significant engagement in all the major bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations in which Japan has been involved in the past two decades.  He was Deputy Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2002-2004 and served as Chief Negotiator for the Japan-Mexico EPA and the Working Party on Russia's Accession to the WTO.  He was Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2004 and has been a member of the Task Force on Japan-India Economic Partnership, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006.

Professor Watanabe completed his BA and MA and was a PhD candidate in International Relations at Sophia University, Tokyo. He also studied at the College of Europe in Bruges under a Belgian Government Scholarship. He is the author of a number of publications on GATT/ WTO and other trade agreements such as Japan's Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). His most recent book on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement) has been ranked one of the top-ten best selling books on business and economics in December 2011 in Tokyo.

Admission to this event is free, but RSVP is required.  For more information on this event and to RSVP, please visit The Japan Foundation website.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
6:30 pm start (doors open at 6:00 pm)
The Japan Foundation
131 Bloor Street, Suite 213 (2nd Floor of the Colonnade Building)
Toronto, Ontario
Admission: FREE
Please click here or call (416) 966-1600 x104 to RSVP