Monday, November 2, 2015

November 30th, 2015 - The CJS BOUNENKAI Is Coming...With an Okinawan Twist!

The holiday season is fast approaching….and there is no better way to start it off than with the Canada Japan Society’s legendary BOUNENKAI 忘年会 celebration and party on Monday, November 30th! 
Bounenkai 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 2015….all while getting you ready for the start of the holiday season! The tradition is said to have begun in Japan during the 15th century during the Muromachi period as gatherings to express thanks. At that time, the parties were known as noukai (great achievement gathering). By the 18th century, they had become known as bounenkai, or year-end parties. Bounenkai is seen as a time for letting one's hair down and not worrying about the everyday work or societal formal, rank or age division relationships that exist…..everyone just comes out to have a good time! 

 The CJS is building on our successful Bounenkai 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 switching things up a bit and adding an OKINAWAN twist to the evening by hosting the event this year at RYOJI RAMEN & IZAKAYA!  Admission includes lots of great Japanese and Okinawan food, drink specials and our ever famous door prizes!

Monday, November 30th, 2015
 6 P.M. to 12 A.M.
 690 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C1 (just East of Ossington)
 CJS Members and Students $20
 Non-Members $25
 Admission includes lots of great food. Cash Bar. 

We are capping numbers this year at around 100, so IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND YOU MUST RSVP to!  First come, first served!  We hope to see you there.

November 5th, 2015 - Don't Miss The Last Ichimokukai Of The Year!

Wow…time flies….it’s already almost November and the LAST ICHIMOKUKAI of the year is fast approaching! That’s right…this is the last one of the year as we build toward our long standing, ever famous BOUNENKAI end of year party! Details to be announced soon.

Ichimokukai literally means the "first Thursday meeting" and since 1995 it has been the Canada Japan Society of Toronto's monthly social event, naturally on the first Thursday of every month. It is a great place to make new friends, practice your English and/or Japanese, informally network, learn more about life in Canada and Japan, and most of all have fun! Our attendees are usually around 50 percent Canadian and 50 percent Japanese, all with a common interest or connection with Japan. At IMK you will receive special food and drink discounts, get to talk to lots of interesting people, and have the chance to win some exciting door prizes.   We hope to see you there!  Come early to ensure a good seat!

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
6-10 pm
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