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OJCA Cultural Activities Guide Fall 2021/Winter 2022

The Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) is excited to bring you this Autumn/Winter 2021-2022 edition of the Activities Guide; our first since our hiatus during the pandemic. Due to the impacts of the pandemic certain details such as dates and locations are still to be determined. Periodic updates of this edition will be published as more information becomes available. For questions about pandemic measures and guidelines for a specific activity, please contact the respective group or instructor.

The OJCA Nengajyo colouring contest is back!

Get your creative hat on and make your one-of-a-kind Nengajyo for the New Year!

Three lucky winners will be selected at random to receive some fun prizes courtesy of the OJCC!

Start date: November 22nd, 2021 (Monday)
Closing date: December 27th, 2021

  Enter the contest in 3 easy steps:
1. Download the template of your choice
Children 3-6
Children 7-13
Teens & Adults 14+
OR
Get them in-person at OJCC on Mochi pick-up dates: Saturday, November 27 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Sunday, November 28 (noon – 4 p.m.), and Thursday, December 9 (6 – 9 p.m.)

2. Colour, colour, colour and take a picture of your Nengajyo card!

3. Upload your colored Nengajyo on Facebook  OJCA – OJCC or Instagram @ojca_ojcc with tag #ojcanengajyo
    OR
    Send your submission to us via email: communications@OJCA.ca

We have 3 different templates you can choose from this year, courtesy of OJCA board member Rie Nakamura Drolet.

Have fun colouring!

Frozen Mochi Available for Purchase this Holiday Season

Although there will be no in-person Mochitsuki event this year, frozen Mochi has been lovingly prepared by volunteers and will be available to OJCA members!!  Kirimochi (cut mochi) will be kept frozen for you to pick-up. 


Special price: $6 for a bag of 8 pieces (a $9 value!). As a bonus, the first 20 people to order will also receive a complimentary gift. 

To order: Please complete the Frozen Mochi Order Form and follow the instructions for payment. Payments need to be by INTERAC e-transfer to ojca.treasurer@gmail.com 

Deadline for orders: December 6, 2021, or while quantities last.

Pick-up address: Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre (OJCC), 2285 St. Laurent Blvd. unit B16. 

Pick-up will be 

November 27. Sat. (10 am – 2pm), 28. Sun. (Noon – 4 pm) and December 9 Thu.(6 – 9 pm). OJCC Crafts will also be available for sale on these dates.

Physical-distancing measures will be in place. Please wear a mask.

Supply is limited and mochi is available on a pre-ordered, pre-paid, pick-up basis only. For any questions about frozen mochi orders, please contact: ojca.treasurer@gmail.com

We wish you all a fun and safe holiday!

The OJCA-OJCC Instagram page is here!

We are excited to announce that the OJCA-OJCC is now on Instagram!

We love sharing stories and photos that highlight our community and culture, and Instagram is another platform that will allow us to expand our reach. We hope our new page can provide new opportunities to engage with members of the community, the Ottawa public and beyond!

Follow us at @ojca_ojcc on Instagram. We look forward to seeing you there!

2021 In-Person Mochitsuki Cancellation

The OJCA-OJCC Mochitsuki has, for over 4 decades, been a gathering place for friends and family of the Japanese Canadian community in Ottawa to celebrate the upcoming New Year with food, activities and performances from local talent. In an abundance of caution for our volunteers and due to certain logistical challenges, we must unfortunately announce the cancellation of this year’s event due to the ongoing pandemic situation.

We look forward to celebrating in person with you next year! In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook, Website and soon to be launched Instagram page for fun holiday-themed content. Frozen kirimochi will also be available for sale to OJCA members (details to come).

We wish you all a fun and safe holiday!

NEW Christmas Ornaments Workshop

We are back, sort of 🙂 !

Where: Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre
When: Sunday, December 5, 2021, 10 am – noon or 1 pm – 3 pm
            Maximum of 8 to 10 participants (if from same household) per session

In the event that the pandemic restrictions change and they prevent us from holding an in-person workshop, we will do a virtual one on Sunday, Dec. 12th and will send further details.

Cost:  $5 for OJCC members; $15 for non-members

Register by sending your name, membership status and choice of morning or afternoon session to craftsojcc@gmail.com.  Once you have email confirmation of registration, please pay by e-transfer to treasurer.ojcc@gmail.com or by cheque made payable to “OJCC” mailed to:
Ron Shigeishi, OJCC treasurer
48 Onslow Crescent
Ottawa, ON
K1S 1E9

Registration and payment deadline is Nov. 22nd.

We will be making three (3) ornaments; see photos attached.

  1. Pipe cleaner snowflake
  2. Origami Santa set
  3. Glitter snowflake

All materials will be supplied. Bring a glue gun if you have one; there will be 2-3 available on site. Otherwise bring your creativity and imagination!

These workshops will be BYOD or BYOC so bring your own drink or cup/mug. Complimentary green tea will be provided.

On workshop day, please complete COVID screening online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/ and email the results to craftsojcc@gmail.com or complete a printed version at the Centre.

Everyone must wear face masks while inside the Centre except when drinking or eating.  The number of participants in the Centre is limited so that we can ensure 2m distancing.  And there is now an air purifier on the main floor.  If there are any questions about the workshop or OJCC’s COVID protocol, please contact us at craftsojcc@gmail.com.