Virtual Japanese Study Fair


The Japan Foundation in Toronto is hosting their annual Japanese Study Fair online this year due to COVID-19.

So if you are interested in studying Japanese and are not sure where to begin, join us in this event to know more about the Japanese Language Schools from the GTA.

There will be Door Prizes for those attending!

Send your questions by July 26th by clicking on the link below!

Virtual Japanese Study Fair

Culture Day 2016


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 in the Nihongo Art Exhibition 2015

Neko_web-309x400TJLS 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
Free Admission

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:
Contact: [email protected]

Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka, 1924 – 2015

Dorothy Toshiye Tanaka

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.
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Annual General Meeting: October 25th, 2014

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

Class Project: 川柳俳句

Our advanced students recently did a class project writing poems in Japanese. Please enjoy their contributions.

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