We need your support!shapeimage_1Welcome to the website of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal (JCCCM). Formally established as a non-profit, community organization in 1975, the JCCCM serves as a meeting point for the Japanese Canadian community as well as for all those interested in Japanese culture in the Greater Montreal Area. In particular, the Centre provides a focal point where the unique history and cultural heritage of the Montreal Japanese Canadian community can be sustained, promoted, and shared by all, irrespective of cultural background. With the changing demographic nature of the community, particularly the influx of immigration from Japan (from post-war to the present) as well as a large interest from individuals of non-Japanese heritage, the JCCCM also offers and supports a variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational activities to promote and develop a spirit of mutual understanding, appreciation, and cooperation between all facets of our diverse community as well as with the general public.


Opening Hours

The JCCCM office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm

(by appointment only. Call 514-728-1996)

Library Hours



*****LA FÊTE ST-JEAN & CANADA DAY – The JCCCM library will be closed on Sunday, June 23 and 30, and the offices will be closed on Monday, June 24 and July 1st, for the Fête St-Jean and Canada Day holidays. *****

<KODOMO CLUB – Fridays, June 7, 14, 21 from 11 am – 3pm>

Come join us at Kodomo Club with your little ones! It’s an opportunity for Japanese-speaking families with pre-school aged children to socialize and to exchange various information concerning raising children in Montreal. There will be a Japanese story-time at Kodomo Club this month. Fee $1. For reservation and more info, contact at kodomoclub.montreal@gmail.com

<KAIWA LANGUAGE EXCHANGE: Sunday, June 9, 1:30-3:30 pm>

Kaiwa is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, from 1:30 – 3:30pm. Open to JCCCM members only.  Limited space, no charge – sign up required.  We ask that a minimum level of Japanese is required to participate; JLPT N5 / approx. JCCCM level 2B.  To become a JCCCM member, visit our Membership page. Please reserved your spot at JCCCM Échange linguistique KAIWA language exchange (signupgenius.com), and kindly respect your reservation.



<TEAM ORANGE – KARAOKE SPECIAL! : Wednesday, June 19 from noon-3pm>

Registration is required. We will be trying out a potluck: If you bring a dish you can share with others, the activity is free. Please sign up at https://bit.ly/TeamOrangeMontrealVolunteersignup and also indicate what you will bring. If you cannot bring anything, it’s $10 to participate. Contact mnishi.jamsnetcanada@gmail.com for inquiries. Varied activities planned: After lunch, Terry-san will lead the Bokenai Ondo, our theme song, and a few line dances for exercise. We will then go sing. Let me know if you have any songs you want to sing in advance to minimize time we spend searching. Like last time, people who want to stick to crafts will be able to do so either downstairs or in a corner of the room, if you don’t mind knitting in a pretty loud place 🙂

<SENIORS’ DROP-IN: Thursday, July 11, 10:30>

All Nikkei seniors are welcome. The lunch fee is $10. Please let us know by phone 514-728-1996 or email to Reiko Nakajima <reiko_leojp@yahoo.co.jp> if you’d like to participate by July 8.  The afternoon activity will be singing. 

<ONIKENBAI RECITAL: Sunday, June 23, 2 pm-4 pm>

Ancient Japanese Artform ONIKENBAI(鬼剣舞). A 1300 year-old artform from Iwate prefecture recognized under UNESCO. 

Free admission but registration required. Please use the QR cord on the left to register. Limited seating. 

<SENIOR DROP-IN CAFÉ : Thursday, June 27, noon to 2 pm>

Freshly made Japanese sweets and a rice dish are available for takeout or eat-in. All Nikkei seniors are welcomed.


Erin Oikawa, an Outreach worker from the JCSHWF will be at the JCCCM on June 27 to verify and assist Survivors with their application process.  Please note, that you must contact Erin to secure your appointment erin.oikawa@jcwellness.org or 437-881-4879.

<LIBRARY news>

The Library opens on Wednesday and Sunday from 1pm to 4 pm and Thursday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please note that there is no longer a separate membership fee for Library users. Anyone wishing to borrow books must become a JCCCM member. We have a small selection of Japanese books (novels, magazines, etc.) for sale (CASH ONLY).


In May 2022, the government of British Columbia acknowledged the historical wrongs perpetuated against Japanese-Canadians in BC during the 1940’s, and made a pledge to support a $100 million legacy initiatives package recommended by the NAJC BC Redress Project, and administered by the JC Legacies Society.  To learn more, please visit www.jclegacies.com


The Japanese Canadian Legacy Monument Database team led by University of Victoria’s Michael Abe is developing the list of names of Japanese Canadians living in coastal BC prior to the forced uprooting to be preserved on a monument in Victoria, BC. VIEW THE NAMES:  hcmc.uvic.ca/project/monument Send input and correspondence to Project Director Michael Abmonument@jclegacies.com


A crew of Montreal-based multigenerational Nikkei are rebuilding the Quebec chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC-QC). Although we have been dormant for many years, we are inheriting a legacy built by powerfully engaged community leaders such as Rei Nakashima, Jackie Stevens, and Alan Itakura. Moreover, the recently announced BC Redress initiative promises new opportunities to support Internment survivors and community-based activities across Canada.
With NAJC QC, an organization by and for Japanese Canadians, we aspire to support a proud, flourishing, and interconnected community which values the full range of experience of all Nikkei, and works towards justice for all.

Please help us build our mailing list and better understand the needs and interests of our local Japanese Canadian community by filling out this form and sharing it with friends and relatives. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

Furthermore, if you or anyone you know is connected to Farnham, including relatives who were displaced there after WWII, please get in touch to support our community-led research to reconstruct this unique part of Japanese Canadian history in Quebec.
Thank you for your time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us!  najcquebec@gmail.com
Facebook group: NAJC Quebec  Instagram: @najcqc


There is a limited quantity of  miso (Aka, $6) , natto (200g, $4), Koji ($13/appx. 730g) and soya beans (Non-GMO, $8/2kg) available to purchase at the Centre. Sales to JCCCM members only.  CASH ONLY. Please call for details 514-728-1996.



If you know of any Nikkei seniors that may benefit from a phone call, please let us know – particularly those who may have no local family or close friends to do so.  We encourage you also to reach out to friends and family who are seniors or others who may be house bound, to make sure they are staying safe.


Thank you to the Red Cross, who have donated a supply of N95 masks that we can distribute to JCCCM members. One per member household.


Your support is vital to our success. Please refer to link below, for more information. We have reached 60% of our goal of $400,000.


Please support the businesses participating in our discount program. A big thank you to all the participating businesses : Myofu An Dojo, Kyoto Fleurs, Kokoro Care Packages, Beauté Business, Misa Oku, Tokusen Store, Yen cuisine japonaiseLunch à Porter, Thés Guru (formerly Oasis Salon de Thé), La brasserie San-O(formaly Koji Soupe) , MTL Shamisen Project .

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8155 rue Rousselot, Montreal, QC H2E 1Z7         TEL:514-728-1996          centrejaponais@bellnet.ca


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