Photo-Opportunity - Kimonos kick-off Spring at the JCCC

    Annual Spring Festival boasts fantastic array of Japanese entertainment
    and activities for the whole family including a special exhibition of

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Spring is sure to arrive early as the Japanese
Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) opens its doors for all to celebrate its
annual Haru Matsuri - Spring Festival 2009. The theme of this year's festival
is the kimono and will include beautiful exhibits and demonstrations on how to
put on a traditional Japanese kimono - something that can take hours to do -
as well as other activities and entertainment for the whole family.
    One of the highlights of the festival will be the Netsuke display
including some recently donated to the JCCC. Netsuke are small toggles,
traditionally carved out of ivory, that are used to secure a pouch or
container to the obi (sash) of a kimono.
    There will be Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations such as Ikebana
(flower arranging), Bunka Shishu (embroidery), Origami (paperfolding) and
Sumi-e (brush painting). The JCCC's martial artists will demonstrate the
techniques of "The Way of the Warrior" through Aikido, Judo, Karate, Iaido,
Naginata, and Kendo. For entertainment, there will be odori (traditional
Japanese dancing) by JCCC traditional dance groups Ayame-Kai and Sakura-Kai,
Koto by the Toronto Chikushikai and Taiko (Japanese drumming). Japanese
cuisine will also be available in the food court and on Sunday afternoon,
there will be a special showing of the movie "Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur."

    Date:        Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8
    Time:        12:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location:    The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
                 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario (Don Mills and Eglinton,
                 north east of the Ontario Science Centre), 416-441-2345
    Tickets:     $12 - Family Pack (two adults/two children), $5 - Adults,
                 $2 - Seniors and Students, Free - JCCC Members

    For more information on the JCCC and its activities, visit

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For further information: Media Contacts: Paul Tyler, (905) 235-7285,

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