Summer 2020 Issue
News from the JNTO Toronto Office

Beyond the Clouds There is Always Light…

The Japanese spirit is indomitable. There is, within the Shinto religion, a belief in the resilience of nature; in our duty to persevere, and to maintain hope and optimism in what tomorrow may soon bring. While we endure this time, we must find ways to stay inspired, and to dream of the places we’ll go. In this video, we are reminded of all that awaits, and all to which we can aspire. We invite you to take a look. 
Lights. Camera. Action! 

In three easy steps you can make your own movie. What better way to generate travel ideas than to select your own interests and then view them in your own customized video. What kind of art do you enjoy? How do you relax? What do your taste buds prefer? Answering these questions is like a virtual “choose your own adventure” in which you can view what your imagined trip will look like.
Kimono versus Yukata

The Kimono is the national dress of Japan. No garment better encapsulates the Japanese cultural identity. Did you know that the embroidery on a kimono can reveal the wearer's age, gender and marital status? But what is the difference between a kimono and a yukata? The Yukata is much less formal, and its history is far more recent. While these two may seem similar, their meanings are distinctly different. When you visit Japan, you can have many opportunities to enjoy wearing both, but you can take the time now to learn about them, their fascinating custom and their intricate beauty.
Ancient Symbols

From bright red-orange torii gates to white lightening-shaped paper decorations in the trees, the symbols of the Shinto religion are ubiquitous in Japan, and their mystique begs exploration. Understanding the meanings of the various symbols will no doubt evoke more questions, but will also lead to a deeper appreciation of the mystery of Japan, whether participating in rituals at ancient temples or even understanding modern cultural traits. Read this link to learn about the most common symbols you’ll find on your visit to Japan.
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Your Moment of Zen

One of the most sustaining “life hacks” in Japan is the simple exercise of Zen Meditation to remove the clutter from your mind and focus on your wellbeing. The focus of the "Stay Home, Feel Kyoto campaign" is on introducing Zen meditation at home. We may not be able to visit Myoshin-ji Taizo-in Temple right now, but we can enjoy the experience of this uniquely Japanese ritual in the comfort of our own home. Take some time out, and please enjoy this guided Zen meditation today.
Travel Advisory

On top of everyone’s mind is where and how can we travel safely. For the most up to date information on travel to Japan, we encourage you to visit our Coronavirus Advisory page. Japan is taking this issue seriously and adhering to its responsibility. Follow this link to learn the latest measures being taken by the Government of Japan, travel and safety tips, and closures and resumptions of attractions and events. We want everyone to feel safe.
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We've Moved!

JNTO Canada has moved to a new location. We look forward to continuing to provide you with our Japan travel information services. Email:

Japan National Tourism Organization
55 York Street, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1R7
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