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Japanese Section

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Address: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Canada, M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-5016
Main Office:
Ross South 561
Counter Hours:
8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

photo of girls in kimono by N. Ota

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photo of hachi 1923
2018: Year of DOG
This is a photo of famous Hachi taken in 1923. (Fido in Italy)

Ontario Japanese Speech Contest is scheduled on March 2, 2019 (Sat.) .
If you are interested in participating in this event, please submit the following internal application form BY NOVEMBER 16 , 2018, Friday at midnight. Please consult with your instructor before you submit the form.  Internal Application Form  Please submit the form to your instructor.

Event Calendar
JET Application is open

Academic Week (Japanese & Korean Studies)

The orientation session for Japanese minor was attended by many students, several of whom have already signed up for the program. Thank you, Yabuki-Soh-sensee, for having organized this.

The #1 Social Night was very successful. Thank you, JISA, in particular, Shaelyne Whetstone, who hosted it.

Thank you for having participated in these events. Had a great time talking with you.

JOB opportunity - interview in Toronto for teaching English in Japan by AEON (information only)
Deadline: Nov. 16, 2018 (F)
Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2019 (everyone welcome)

December 8, 2018

Flyer  Brochure


  • Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Awarded to York University Scholar (Consulate General of Japan Toronto)  link
  • Special Ceremony Confers Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation to York University Scholar (Consulate General of Japan Toronto)  link
  • Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation Awarded to York University Professor Norio Ota (National Association of Japanese Canadians)  link
  • Y-File: Japanese Studies Program Coordinator awarded Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation  link
  • Y-File: York University research leaders recognized at annual celebration  link
  • Y-File: York students shine at the 2016 Ontario Japanese speech contest  link
  • Y-File: York students win top prizes in National Japanese Speech Contest  link
  • Ms. Lily Mcdermott (AP/JP3000 6.0) receives the 2016 Peter Sato Award, which is given to the best student overall in the Japanese Studies Program.
  • Seven York students participated in the 2017 Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held at University of Toronto on March 4. The prize winners are the following.
    Beginners: Chris Robin   (JP1000)  2nd prize
    Advanced: Salma Saleh  (JP3000)  2nd prize
                       Gabby Ricker (JP3000) Special Effort prize
  • Ms. Salma Saleh (AP/JP3000 6.0) receives the 2017 Peter Sato Award. Congratulations!
  • AP/JP4000 6.0 is accepted as a 4000 level course for East Asian Studies Program.
  • Ms. Dhin Chen (JP1000, 2016) and Mr. Ilia Jarikov (JP1000, 2016) received the DLLL Award for their excellent academic achievement and effort. Congratulations!
  • York students did very well at the 2018 Ontario Japanese Speech Contest. The following are the winners. Congratulations!
    • Beginners 1st prize (Shinkikai-Sagamihara City Award)Andrew Christensen (JP1000)
    • Advanced 1st prize (Toyota Canada Award) Gabby Ricker (JP3000)
    • Special Effort prize: Beginners Samsam Hassan (JP1000)
    • Special Effort prize: Advanced Fernanda Cherini (JP2000)
    • Special prize: Advanced Hanisi Samuel (JP2000/JP3080)
       Andrew and Gabby will compete at the National Speech Contest
  • Y-File: York students head to Japanese Speech Contest nationals  link
  • Y-File: York students earn prizes at National Japanese Speech Contest  link
    • Beginners 2nd prize: Andrew Christensen
    • Advanced 3rd prize: Gabby Ricker
  • Our graduate, Ms. Lily Mcdermott, interviewed by Mainichi Newspaper: link link 
  • Y-File: York U hosts first Conference on the Language of Japanese Food link
  • Ms. Crystal Lam (JP3000) has been selected as a participant of the Kakehashi (bridging) Japanese Language Learners Program and will visit Japan on Jan. 7 -15, 2019. Congratulations!
                                             Businesses by our graduates
Our former student, TK Chan, has opened Platform Espresso Bar at 4450 Hwy7, Unit #2, Markham. They are hiring part-timers. Link
Our former student, Yadi has been running
Fika Cafe
at 28 Kensington Ave., Toronto.
FIKA Cafe a beautiful coffee shop in the heart of Kensington market / open daily 10-6 / email info@fika.ca,  www.fika.ca  Link

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