Japanese Community Events

The Japanese Film and Literature Society presents:
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Film: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Tuesday, January 16th 2018
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Auditorium

Book: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Tuesday, January 23rd 2018
Movie Screening: Book/Movie discussion: Basement room B125

More upcoming films/books:

Film: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Tues. Jan. 16, 2018
Book: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Yuikio Mishima)
Tues. Jan. 23

Film: Rashomon
Tues. Mar. 14, 2018
Book: In A Grove (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)
Tues. Mar 21,

Film: Kwaidan
Tues. May 16, 2018
Book: Kwaidan (Lafcadio Hearn)
Tues. May 23

Film: Norwegian Wood
Tues. July 18, 2018
Book: Norwegian Wood (Haruiki Murakami)
Tues. July 25

Film: The Remains of the Day
Tues. Sept. 12, 2018
Book: The Remains of the Day (Kenzaburo Oe)
Tues. Sept. 19

Film: Paprika
Tues. Oct. 17, 2018
Book: Paprika (Yasutaka Tsusui)
Tues. Oct. 24

Film: Silence
Tues. Dec. 12, 2018
Book: Silence (Shusaku Endo)
Tues. Dec. 18

Film and Book Description:

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a 1985 American biographical drama film co-written and directed by Paul Schrader. The film is based on the life and work of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima (portrayed by Ken Ogata), interweaving episodes from his life with dramatizations of segments from his books The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. It was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Movie Trailer

The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive quest to possess it fully.

Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer, develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. While an acolyte at the temple, he fixates on the structure’s aesthetic perfection and it becomes his one and only object of desire. But as Mizoguchi begins to perceive flaws in the temple, he determines that the only true path to beauty lies in an act of horrific violence. Based on a real incident that occurred in 1950, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion brilliantly portrays the passions and agonies of a young man in postwar Japan, bringing to the subject the erotic imagination and instinct for the dramatic moment that marked Mishima as one of the towering makers of modern fiction. With an introduction by Donald Keene; Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris.

Past Events

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Japan Festival
Lansdowne Park, Horticulture Building
Sunday, October 15th

Event Flyer

The Embassy of Japan, along with over 45 different cultural groups, performers, companies, and governmental
organizations, is organizing "Japan Festival" as part of "Ottawa Welcomes the World 2017" to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Indulge yourself in Japanese culture through an exciting line-up of local and
visiting performers all the way from Japan. Experience a diverse range of cultural activities. Explore many products
and services at interactive information booths. Savour delightful Japanese delicacies, including our national beverage
“sake”. We promise you an exciting and unforgettable experience!

Film Screening: British Museum Presents: Hokusai
at Cineplex Theatres
June 25th and 28th, 2017

Cineplex Events is pleased to present British Museum Presents: Hokusai as part of its In The Gallery series that gives audiences an inside look at the world’s greatest works of art and art exhibitions. In Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave, art lovers can discover and experience the beautiful and sublime work of Katsushika Hokusai, regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist.
More Details and Tickets Here

Poetry Night with Sonia Saikaley
at Octopus Books
116 Third Avenue, Ottawa ON
July 12, 2017, 7 p.m.

Poetry Night with Sonia Saikaley to celebrate her new book, A Samurai Pink House. There will also be a traditional Japense music performace by Ryoko Itabashi, and two other local poets, Claudia Radmore and Guy Simser, will also be reading from their books. More Details Here

Spirit of Budo
at the Embassy of Japan in Canada
255 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON
April 26 to May 16, 2017

Samurai and Japanese martial arts exhibit, featuring samurai equipment and weekend demonstrations. More Details Here

Nature Tastes - Sake!
Hosted by Canadian Museum of Nature
April 1, 2017
More Details Here

Ikebana International: Origins Exhibition
March 30 to April 2, 2017
More Details Here

Taiko Lessons and Workshop with Oto-Wa Taiko
Workshop: March 26th, 2017, 9am-noon
Classes: Thursdays, April 6th to June 15th, 8:15-10:15pm
More Details Here