JFT Book Club (Hybrid) – With Silent Reading Time – Holiday Reading Recommendations

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November 16th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

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Thank you to all those who participated in JFT Book Club (Hybrid) – With Silent Reading Time – Holiday Reading Recommendations!

Sharing some comments from our participants!

“It was fun to see some great recommendations like “How do you live”, “The boy and the dog”, “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman”. I felt everyone brought up distinct books and manga that were very interesting. Each one sounded very entertaining. It was a great opportunity to interact with fellow book and manga fans. I truly enjoyed it…Keep up the good work Risa and Emi. Thank you for conducting the event! Looking forward to the next one!”

Please continue to check the JFT’s website and newsletters for future book club information.



Check out the list of books that were selected by the book club participants below or download the full list PDF file with the books synopsis and links.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold [Physical book or Ebook or Audiobook]KAWAGUCHI ToshikazuLiterary Fiction, Magical Realism
Blank Canvas : My So-Called Artist's Journey [Ebook]

かくかくしかじか [Physical book]
HIGASHIMURA AkikoManga, Autobiography
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman [Physical book or Ebook]MURAKAMI HarukiLiterary Fiction, Short Stories, Magical Realism
Golden Kamuy [Ebook]

ゴールデンカムイ [Physical book]
NODA SatoruManga, Historical Fiction,
Action & Adventure
How Do You Live? [Physical book or Ebook or Audiobook]

君たちはどう生きるか [Physical book or Manga]
YOSHINO GenzaburoYoung Adult Literature,
Coming of Age
Kowloon Generic Romance [Physical book]

九龍ジェネリックロマンス [Physical book]
MAYUZUKI JunManga, Romance, Sci-Fi
Norwegian Wood [Physical book or Ebook or Audiobook]

ノルウェイの森 [Physical book]
MURAKAMI HarukiLiterary Fiction, Romance
Rurouni Kenshin*
*Not in JFT Library Collection. Live-action movies DVDs available at JFT Library.
WATSUKI NobuhiroManga, Historical Fiction,
Action & Advenute
Snow Country [Physical book or Ebook]KAWABATA YasunariLiterary Fiction, Romance
The Boy and the Dog [Physical book or Ebook]

少年と犬 [Physical book]
HASE SeishūLiterary Fiction, Animal
The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World [Physical book]Laura Imai MessinaLiterary Fiction, Cultural Heritage
Triton Of The Sea [Physical book or Ebook]TEZUKA OsamuManga, Fantasy
1Q84 [Physical book or Ebook]

1Q84(いちきゅうはちよん) [Physical book]
MURAKAMI HarukiLiterary Fiction, Magical Realism, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery



Enjoy the Simple Pleasure of Reading in Silence & Discover Your Perfect Holiday Read at JFT Book Club (Hybrid)– With Silent Reading Time –!

Join our next JFT Book Club (Hybrid) meeting where you are invited to read a book in silence in the library (or wherever you want if participating virtually) and engage in optional discussion with fellow book lovers interested in Japanese culture.

The theme for the upcoming book club is holiday readings. There are no assigned readings — you choose a book, manga, ebook, or audiobook about Japan, or any title by Japanese author(s) that you want to recommend to fellow participants.


Many of us simply want more time to read but cannot squeeze the time in, as we have too many distractions and interruptions in our daily lives to concentrate on reading. JFT Book Club with Silent Reading Time offers a sanctuary to indulge in the simple pleasure of reading, surrounded by fellow book enthusiasts who share your love for literature.

In addition, we provide an optional space for those who wish to connect and discuss their reading experiences with others. Engage in conversations at your comfort level and learn new perspectives from other book lovers from different cultural backgrounds that you wouldn’t gain from reading alone! It’s a safe space where your thoughts and impressions are valued, regardless of whether you choose to actively participate or quietly absorb the conversations around you.

We welcome both seasoned book club members and first-time participants to discover the joy of silent reading without the pressures of finishing an assigned book on time and/or participating in mandatory discussions.

Register Here    

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us in person, by phone, email, or via contact form.


  1. Once you register for the event, find a book to read based on the criteria listed in WHAT BOOK TO BRING? (see below) or from JFT Library’s collection.
  2. On the day of the event, we will meet via Zoom and in person at the Japan Foundation Toronto Library (2 Bloor St E #300, Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada).
    *Click here to check how to get to our Library.
  3. We will start with a quick introduction & ice-breaking activity (*Light refreshments will be served for in-person participants)
  4. Participants will share their books and why they pick them up (2-3 minutes each)
  5. 45-minute Silent Reading Time: Participants will read the book they bring or the one recommended by other participants anywhere in the library or wherever they want if participating virtually.
  6. Optional Discussion Time: We will share what we have learned, what we think about the depiction of Japanese culture, favourite moments from your chosen book, suggestions for perfect holiday reads, etc.

*There is no right or wrong answer. Different perspectives make the discussion more fun and vibrant!


  • A book to bring can be either a physical book, ebook, or audiobook that meets the following criteria:
    • Theme: A book you want to recommend or are planning to read as a holiday reading (i.e., fiction, nonfiction, or manga about Japan; fiction, nonfiction, or manga written by Japanese authors).
    • Language: Books can be written in any language (i.e. English, Japanese, French) but the book club will be in English
    • A book of choice has to be part of JFT Library’s collection. You can search whether the book is part of our collection on our online catalogue (*to search physical & digital items) or JF Canada/USA Digital Library (*to search and read ebooks & audiobooks). Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you wish to confirm the availability.
  • Participants can either bring the book you currently have on loan, or bring their own copy from home.
  • During the silent reading time, you can read either the book you bring, or other participants’ recommendations to try something new.
  • Be creative with getting your reading materials! Check out our Inventorial and Thematic Book Lists to get an idea for your next book.

To get a new JFT library card or to renew your existing card, please follow the instructions found here.

Previous Book Clubs

JFT Book Club (Hybrid) – Manga: Planetes by YUKIMURA Makoto – September 28, 2023

JFT Book Club (Hybrid) – With Silent Reading Time – LGBTQIA+ Books -June 20, 2023

JFT Book Club Online – Manga: After the Rain by MAYUZUKI Jun -April 24, 2023

JFT Book Club Online – Three Short Works by NISHI Kanako: On beauty, the Female Experience and Othering – February 8, 2023

JFT Book Club Online: Temple Alley Summer by KASHIWABA Sachiko – September 15, 2022

JFT Book Club Online: Manga – June 15, 2022

JFT Book Club Online: Bring Your Own Book – April 13, 2022

JFT Book Club Online: The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
– February 9, 2022

JFT Book Club Online:
Colorful by Eto Mori
– November 10, 2021


JFT Book Club Online: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami – August 12, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: Manga – June 10, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: Bring Your Own Book – April 8, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: The Memory Police – February 11, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: Breasts and Egg – November 5, 2020

JFT Book Club Online: Travel Japan – August 20, 2020

JFT Book Club Online – June 11, 2020

Memoirs of a Polar Bear – February 20, 2020

The Little House – December 12, 2019

Mystery Book Club – October 10, 2019

Movies and Books – August 8, 2019

Books and Tea – June 6, 2019


November 16th, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
November 16th, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto Library
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The Japan Foundation Toronto Library
2 Bloor St E #300
Toronto, ON, Canada M4W 1A8
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