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October 21st, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Cost: Free
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Summer Days With Coo

Saturday, October 21, 5:00PM (ET)
Doors open 4:30PM | Film Screening | Japan Foundation, Toronto Event Hall

Postponed until further notice.

Directed by HARA Keiichi • 2007 Anime / Comedy / Fantasy • 138 minutes • Presented in Japanese with English subtitles • Free Admission • Trailer

One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (Japanese water imp), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends. However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to modern life, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa.

Awarded for Best Animation Film at Mainichi Film Concourse, Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards and nominated for Best Animation Film from the Japanese Academy.

Free admission. Register below (bottom of page).

Director Biography:

Born in 1959, HARA Keiichi started his career with Tokyo-based studio Shin-Ei Animation, where he worked on two of Japan’s longest-running animation series: Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan. Although he kept a fairly low profile early on in his career, Hara steadily built international recognition with his award-winning and critically acclaimed films such as Summer Days with CooMiss Hokusai, and The Wonderland. His latest film Lonely Castle in the Mirror was released in 2022 and was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 46th Japan Academy Film Prize.

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Saturday, October 21, 3:30 PM (ET)
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JFT Library Items on Yokai

JFT Library collection includes a wide range of physical books, audiovisual materials, and ebooks & audiobooks on yokai in English, Japanese, and French. Check JFT Library Item List to help you decide which item to explore!
Apply for a new JFT library card or renew your expired card here.

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Lecture Event @ JFT Event Hall | Admission free | Registration required

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October 21st, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
October 21st, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Doors Open:
Japanese with English subtitles
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