Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

November 24, 2008 20:13 ET

Toronto's Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's First Annual Sakura Ball Celebrates the Completion of One of the Largest Japanese Cultural Centres in the World

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2008) - The lavish evening celebrated the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's (JCCC) full blossoming of an idea born in the living rooms of a previous generation of Japanese Canadians some 50 years ago. The dream was to create a home for the Japanese in Toronto and a place of friendship and exchange between Japanese and Canadians of all heritages. The original Centre opened in 1964. Now, in 2008, with the completion of its expansion project, the JCCC has grown into one of the largest and busiest Japanese cultural centers in the world, and a leading cultural institution in Canada.

At the gala evening, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, who was Prime Minister of Canada at the time of the redress settlement, was awarded with the first Sakura Award in recognition of his contribution to the Japanese Canadians. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the settlement. The Ball also featured a menu that included prized Japanese beef and a performance by internationally famous jazz singer Sophie Milman who regularly tours in Japan.

The year 2008 is also very special as it marks the anniversary of 80 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. The JCCC has, for much of that time, acted as an engine for generating goodwill and exchange between the two countries. The JCCC features concerts and performances by Japanese and international musicians, the largest martial arts centre in Canada with eight martial arts disciplines, an art gallery and extensive programmes in traditional and contemporary Japanese culture for all Canadians.

For photographs of the event go to: www.jccc.on.ca/sakuraball.htm.

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