Japan Festival CANADA 2017

Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Re-discover the friendship and bonding between Canada and Japan. Together we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Japan Festival CANADA was held on August 26th and 27th 2017. This 2nd Annual event since Japan Festival Mississauga 2016 which was held 1st time in July 2016 in Mississauga city, Ontario. Japan Festival Mississauga 2016 attracted over 40,000 attendees in one day on July 10th despite of short hours from 12 (noon) to 19:00 and it had become one of the largest Japanese Cultural events in Canada. Since the success of 1st time event the expectation and encoura gement f rom J apa n and Canada Government sectors, municipal level sectors and sponsors were paramount led to organizing this year’s event renamed as Japan Festival CANADA 2017 involving not only Province of Ontario but also Canada Nationwide to signify and celebrate Diplomatic relationship between Canada and Japan and to contribute in promoting Japanese Culture.

Since the first event in 2016 was a success the event has become larger scale in 2017 as 2 days End of the Summer event in the last weekend of August. The concept of the event was to introduce and promote Japanese food, culture and technologies to Canada and the World. Variety of entertainment program such as Traditional, J-Pop, Anime and etc. were some of the major attractions to the event as well as the cuisines from popular and trendy Japanese Restaurants in Ontario, Japanese Corporation booths with state of the art technologies, products and service and etc. Japan Festival CANADA 2017 was for families and friends in all ages to experience and enjoy Japan.

Japan Festival CANADA 2017 attracted over 70,000 attendees in 2 days event which surpassing the 40,000 attendees recorded in 2016 event. More variety and improved stage performance program and increased number of event booths as 60 from 50 in 2016 was also contributed to the positive factor of high turnout of attendees. Especially the highlight of the 1st day was night program after dusk until 11:00 pm of J-pop and DJ Live performance attracting not only young generations but also the older generations among different ethnic backgrounds. Japan Festival CANADA 2017 was an opportunity for everyone to experience Japan.

Guests & Artists

Canadian brothers Maynard and Blaise Plant of MONKEY MAJIK / Hachioji P / The Jessica Stuart Few / Anime North / Turbo Street Funk / ten ten with Kiyo Asaoka / MIKURO MIKA / Kawaii Bass / PENs+ / 七海(nanami) / Miho feat. Ken / NAGATA SHACHU / Naginata / Yoshinkan Aikido / Anime North / Sakuramai / Isshin Daiko / Shotaro feat Tsugumi Iwanaga / Takuma Sato (Special Guest)

Takuma Sato

Canadian brothers
Maynard and Blaise Plant of

Hachioji P

The Jessica Stuart Few

Anime North

Turbo Street Funk

ten ten with Kiyo Asaoka


Kawaii Bass




Miho feat. Ken

Shotaro feat Tsugumi Iwanaga

Our Respectable Sponsors in 2017

Corporate Sponsors
  • NTN Bearing Corporation Of Canada Ltd.
  • DENSO Sales Canada, Inc.
  • Canon Canada Inc.
  • Youth Theatre Japan
  • Air Canada
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • MHI Canada Aerospace, Inc.
  • Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd.
  • The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings
  • Subaru Canada, Inc.
  • Kintetsu World Express Canada Inc.
  • Nippon Express Canada Ltd.
  • MUJI Canada Limited
  • Hino Motors Canada, Ltd.
  • Suntory® Whisky Toki™
  • Higgins Event Rentals
  • Fujifilm Canada Inc.
  • Tokyu Hotels Co.
  • Kintetsu International Express (CANADA) Inc.
  • Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
  • ITO EN, LTD.
  • Toronto Pearson
  • Toyota Canada Inc.
  • Imperial Hotel
  • LookatmeDAM
  • J-rock North Promotions Inc.
  • Bridges International Insurance Services
  • JFC International Inc.

Japanese Sake Sponsors

  • Kagura Shuzo Co., Ltd.
  • Homare Sake Brewery Co.
  • Okunomatsu Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
  • Takara Shuzo
  • Otokoyama
  • Oomuraya Shuzojo
  • Tsukasabotan Shuzo
  • Japan Prestige Sake Association
  • Kado Enterprise
  • Ozawa Canada
Special Sponsors
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto
  • Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
  • Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce & Industry
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Toronto
  • Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Japan Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)
  • Japan Foundation
  • Fukuoka Canada Society
  • Government of Ontario
  • City of Mississauga
  • The Regional Municipality of Durham
Supporting Municipalities

Municipal Sponsors

  • Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Yamanashi Prefecture
  • Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Tourism Shizuoka Japan
  • Morioka City
  • Yokohama City
  • Sagamihara City
  • Hakone Machi

Supporting Municipalities

  • Wakayama Prefecture
  • Miyazaki Prefecture
  • Gifu City
  • Kariya City
  • Neyagawa City
  • Thunder Bay
Cultural Sponsors

Cultural Sponsors

  • Imagine One World
  • Kimono Bijin

Media Sponsors

  • insauga.com
  • Life Toronto
  • Fraser
  • ChoqFM
  • 51.ca
  • Telephone Pages
  • J by J digital production
  • TORONTO.TOKYO – Canada+Japan

Official Photographer

  • Wil Yeung Photography

Video Gallery

Photo Gallery