Views From Horseback: Japanese Jockey in Canada

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August 29th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Cost: Free
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On August 29, the Japan Foundation, Toronto welcomes jockey Daisuke Fukumoto to an evening of conversation. Mr. Fukumoto will talk about his career as a professional horse jockey, his achievements at Canada’s own Woodbine Racetrack, the cultures of horseracing in Japan versus Canada, as well as his feats on the international stage. Horse racing fans and laypeople alike will wish to tune in as we discuss Mr. Fukumoto’s training regime, a modern-day jockey’s relationship with animals, as well as his hopes for the welfare of racehorses after retirement.

This is an in-person ONLY event, and prior registration is required. A Q+A with the audience will immediately follow the jockey talk. 

Daisuke Fukumoto riding a horse on a racetrack.Daisuke Fukumoto, originally from Japan, began his career as a jockey at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada back in 2017 and has since become a prominent figure in the sport. With a remarkable track record of 261 victories and earning over $10 million in jockey earnings, Fukumoto’s dedication and talent have made him one of the most successful jockeys around.

Among his most notable victories, Daisuke Fukumoto achieved a significant feat by winning two-thirds of the Canadian Triple Crown in 2020, triumphing in both the Queen’s Plate and the Prince of Wales Stakes. He also clinched victory in the 2021 G1 Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack, showcasing his exceptional skills in high-profile races. Moreover, his talent extended beyond Canadian borders, as he secured a significant win in the 2022 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Daisuke Fukumoto’s journey in horse racing is a testament to his determination and passion for the sport.


Mark Hashimoto is a second generation Japanese-Canadian born and raised in Toronto.

Mark has been working for almost 10 years now at Air Canada, currently in the position as Manager, Specialty Sales – Asia looking after travel agency accounts. He has been a reporter for Omni Television for a Japanese program called “Wai Wai Wide”, and was a co-host on a kids game show aired on YTV and Disney XD called “Japanizi Going Going Gong” as the character Judge Masa.

He loves to interact with people and on the weekend loves to skateboard and golf.


August 29th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
August 29th, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
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Doors Open:
5:30 PM
English; Japanese


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada
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