We are looking for bright and cheerful volunteer teaching assistants. They must be able to work for 3 months, and will gain experience teaching. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Classes take place at Orde St. Public School on Saturday mornings from Sept – Jun, 9:30am – 11:50am.
For Culture Day, TJLS welcomed Kimono Fan to demonstrate how to wear a kimono. Our students learned the history and significance of wearing the traditional Japanese garment on a day that all in attendance will surely remember.
Kimono Fan brought many beautiful and intricate kimonos for our students to model and handle. They explained how these beautiful silk adornments were made, cared for, and worn. Our students enjoyed the opportunity to try on both men’s and women’s kimono.
Every year, TJLS students eagerly anticipate our Culture Day event in February. Past activities have included learning to play Taiko drums, dancing in the Bon Odori style, learning Japanese calligraphy, playing Karuta, painting in Sumi-e style, and more. What will next year’s Culture Day bring?
Read more in the JCCC’s newsletter, pages 17-18, here
TJLS students will participate in the Nihongo Art Exhibition from April 26 – May 3, 2015 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Heritage Display Case, 6 Garamond Court
Monday to Sunday: 8:30 am to 10 pm
Nihongo Art uniquely illustrates ideas through creative use of pictures and words in Kanji, Hiragana or Katakana. Artwork will be displayed by students ranging from Grade 1 – 12 who study Japanese at various schools in the Toronto region.
For further details: http://jftor.org/nihongo-art-exhibition-2015/
Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka, 1924 – 2015 TJLS School Principal (1979 – 2012) and Teacher
With much sadness, we regret to inform you that our former School Principal, Toshiye Tanaka passed away on January 2, 2015. Tanaka-san was the longest serving principal in our school’s history. During her 33 year tenure as Principal, she established the Okamatsu Speech Contest, oversaw the school’s incorporation as a Charitable Not-For-Profit school and the school’s 40th, 50th and 60th Anniversaries. She has grown the school from a small community institution to one of the most established and well-respected Japanese language schools in Canada, and at the same time has touched the hearts and educated the minds of thousands of students. She has passed to every one of her students and staff her curiosity to learn, passion to teach and her resolve to achieve. We’ll all miss her, and our thoughts and best wishes are with her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre or to the Toronto Japanese Language School.
As the days grow shorter and the nights turn frosty in Toronto, our thoughts turn to Christmas and other winter holidays. Taking place after the Christmas holiday festivities, the New Year is treated as a secondary holiday, an afterthought following the busy holiday season. But not in Japan. Japan, like many asian nations, celebrate the as a major holiday, while Christmas takes the secondary role as a holiday for romance similar to Valentine’s Day in the western nations.
Celebrating the New Year, or Oshougatsu (お正月) in Japan, involves many traditions leading up to and beyond New Year’s Day. While Japan originally followed the lunar calendar, in 1873 the nation adopted the Gregorian calendar and many of the Oshougatsu traditions moved from the first full moon of the lunar year (小正月, koshougatsu) to the first of January. The days leading up to Oshougatsu usually involve cleaning, cooking, visiting friends and family, and decorating the home. Arguments are settled, old debts are paid off, and the home is given a thorough cleaning. The idea is to start the new year off fresh, clean and prepared for a fortuitous year ahead.
With much sadness, we regret to inform you that Miwa Yamada (of Wagamama Pastries) passed away on Oct 29, 2014. Yamada-san was a friend of TJLS, and we’ll all miss her. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. http://bit.ly/1uMcoW2
TJLS had a booth at the second Annual Japanese Matsuri at Yonge-Dundas Square. Everyone had a great time!
Proposed Amendments to the TJLS Bylaws
These proposed amendments to our bylaws reflect our current organization, communication advances since our bylaws were first written in 1987, and includes a bylaw recommended by the provincial government on Conflict of Interest issues. The Board moved a motion on August 28, 2014 to accept these amendments and bring them forward during the Annual General Meeting, to be held on October 25th, 2014, for final approval by the membership.
TJLS 2014-07-29 Bylaw Committee Report
Our advanced students recently did a class project writing poems in Japanese. Please enjoy their contributions.
This year during Culture Day on February 15th, 2014, we featured Bon Odori (盆踊り). During the summer, it is hot in Japan, but it is also very exciting as various summer festivals take place. There is a special period called Obon (お盆) in the summer, where it is believed that ancestors come back home for a reunion. Therefore, everyone tries to go back to their hometown during the Obon period to visit their family graveyard and to worship. During that time, they dance together to celebrate their reunion. That dance is called Bon Odori (盆踊り). Continue reading