UPCOMING EVENT: 2018 Holiday Drive

JSS 19th Annual Holiday Drive Japanese Social Services is starting its annual Holiday Drive Program. Once again we are calling upon members of the community to embrace the holiday spirit and reach out to the less fortunate among us. The success of this program so far lies heavily with the co-operation of agencies such as […]

REPORT ON EVENT: Summer Festival

The Halloween candy has been given out to the trick-or-treaters and the stores are already filled with Christmas decorations. The balmy weather of the summer is a distant memory, but the second Saturday of July stands out in the minds of the JSS Staff and Board Members. July 14 was the 2018 JCCC Summer Festival […]

HEALTH: Stress and Illness

Nelson Beltijar, Personal Trainer and Athletic Therapist Last issue I talked to you about the importance of learning to let go of the stress in your life. This issue I want to expand on the adverse effects that prolonged stress can have on your mind and body. Most importantly, I want to share strategies for […]

RECIPE: Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe is easy, inexpensive, and delicious. You can reduce the fat and calories by removing the skin from the drumsticks. The recipe also works well with chicken thighs instead of drumsticks. Variation: Add 1-2 tablespoons of your favourite hot sauce to spice things up. INGREDIENTS Approximately 12 chicken drumsticks, bone in, with skin (3lbs, […]

MOVIES: Like Father Like Son

The next series of film screenings at The Japan Foundation, Toronto is called “Kore-eda + Kiki” which celebrates the accomplishments of master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda and also of the prolific actress Kirin Kiki who sadly passed away in September. The Japan Foundation will be screening three films by master filmmaker Kore-eda – two of which […]


Chie Takano Reeves, JSS  Volunteer Coordinator Event: Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) Date: Saturday July 14 Time: Any time from 8:30am to 9pm  The season of the JCCC Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival) has arrived. As a way to increase community awareness about JSS and its services, and also as a fundraiser, we will be cooking and […]

HEALTH: Is Consuming Fat Bad for You?

Matthew Yan, PhD Medical Biophysics Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death globally. It is estimated to account for 17.3 million deaths per year. A generally accepted notion is that to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease you should consume less food that is rich in saturated fatty acids, […]

HEALTH: Learning to let go of your stress

Nelson Beltijar, Personal Trainer and Athletic Therapist A lecturer walked around a room while teaching “Stress Management” to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected her to ask, “Is the glass half empty to half full?” Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of […]

OBITUARY: Mary Shinko Nagata Kato

Mary Shinko Nagata Kato was featured in the March 2018 issue of the JSS Newsletter.  The article mentioned how excited Mary was about her upcoming 96th birthday.  On March 30, 2018, Mary celebrated the milestone surrounded by her beloved and devoted family. Sadly, on May 1 Mary passed away. Her physical passing left a hole […]

RECIPE: Osaka-style Okonomiyaki

Recipe contributed by Rieko Chao On Saturday July 14 at the JCCC Natsu Matsuri (Summer Festival), JSS will be preparing and selling okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and onigiri. Our amazing volunteer and konamono master, Rieko Chao, has generously agreed to share one of her secret recipes from Natsu Matsuri with our newsletter readers. We hope to see you at […]


PRIDE Film Series @JFT, free admission, registration required      Celebrate Pride with us this summer by watching some films that look at LGBTQ diversity in Japan.  Details >   Hush! ハッシュ! July 12, 2018 1:00 PM  Directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi [2001] 135 min.   Naoya and his partner Katsuhiro receive a proposition from Asako, […]

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