In the heart of the downtown core, Yonge Dundas Square proudly presents the 2nd Toronto Japanese Summer Festival, a celebration of Japanese culture, music, art, fashion and food. The festival is open to the public and free for everyone.

Date : Sunday, July 27th, 2014 Time : 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

“MATSURI 2014” event page: www.facebook.com/events/232294636978207

Website: www.matsuri.ca 

Other than the bright bright sun and smokey meat accompaying huge lineupS, I spotted a Yamato-e style living painting section at the corner of the square. The artists are associated with Japantown Mural Project. (check out their works!)

Apparently (although it’s obvious enough for torontonian) Japanese didn’t have their present in the downtown cord unlike some areas are named based on the local culture and population census ( China Town, Korean Town or Little Italy), and they could like to be invited by to this busy urban life. Surrounded by loud music and people conversation, the facilitator didn’t deliver the speech completely.

Whether they would nd a place called community is a story of another time. Their objective are most heartwarming:

  • Collective action for the betterment of Japanese Canadians and their community
  • Equal rights and liberities for all Canadians, regardless of race, colour, creed, national origin, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Protecting the rights of all groups in Canada through cooperation with organizations sharing the aim of the NAJC
  • Promoting cultural, educational, social and recreational activities and the duties and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship to our community and others
  • Voicing the interest of Japanese Canadians to national, provincial and local governments and other organizations.

Next time you bus pass a smiling sushi mural, smile back. 🙂 -Jialing

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