A New Year Message from Ambassador Kawamura

Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます。

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Ambassador of Japan to Canada. After arriving in Canada on November 19, 2019, I presented my credentials to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, on December 18 and officially began my duties as Ambassador of Japan to Canada.

Last year, Japan-Canada relations were strengthened in various areas such as security, economy and culture. This year, I am fully committed to further developing positive bilateral relations in all areas. We have many events to look forward to this year, most notably the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. I hope you will enjoy the biggest sports festival in Japan!

During my time as Ambassador, I will also work hard for the Japanese-Canadian community in Ottawa. I appreciate your continued support and look forward to working with you this year!

2019-2020 Japanese Film Series

This series of events is hosted by the Information and Culture Centre of the Embassy of Japan in Canada.

Location: Auditorium of the Embassy of Japan (255 Sussex Drive)

  • November 14, 2019: Your Name
  • December 12, 2019: The Night I Swam
  • January 16, 2020: Drowning Love
  • February 13, 2020: Chihayafuru Part 2
  • March 12, 2020: Sing My Life
  • March 26, 2020: Mori, The Artist’s Habitat

Free Admission and no reservation is required.

For more information, please see the poster.

Mochitsuki 2019

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Place: St. Anthony’s Soccer Club (523 St. Anthony St., Preston & Queensway)

Members and Seniors: $3
Non-members: $6
Students: $3
12 & under: free!

Note: Some of our promotional materials showed incorrect admission fees. These amounts are correct. We apologize for any confusion.

Food & Drinks
Mochi, Udon, Sushi, Daifuku, Sekihan, Green tea / free refills, fruit juice and pop

Oto-Wa Taiko and Dagaku Children’s Taiko, Emi-no-kai odori, Minyo-kai folk dancing, KDC Children’s hip hop dance group, and more!

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Art Show

Sumi-e and Shodo: Japanese painting & calligraphy

Date/Time: November 9 – 10, 2019 (Sat & Sun), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre, Unit B16, 2285 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa

Works of art by study group members, from beginner to over 6 years experience.

Come out and support everyone and enjoy their work!

“Tomoni” / Go Together

An evening of Ottawa Japanese community arts performances

Date/Time: Tuesday 12 November, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Woodside Hall, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (355 Cooper St.)


The Ottawa Japanese arts community is trying something new! Join us for an evening of unique and exciting performances, in which local Japanese Canadian performing arts groups will collaborate for the first time with local musicians, video artists and dancers! Everyone is welcome to this free, all-ages show.

Minyo-kai, Odori (folk dance) group, will collaborate with the post-rock band Merganzer (Mika Posen), blending its gracious movements with Merganzer’s haunting melodies.

Melody of Japan, Ottawa’s Japanese Women’s Choir, will perform live while VJ Lesley Marshall projects and manipulates a live video backdrop.

Contemporary dancer Takako Segawa (Corpus Dance Company) will interpret the karaoke singing of Ottawa’s original Karaoke Club members David Okura and Sayoko Konno.

But wait, there’s more! It will be our great pleasure to share with you a selection of tsukemono or Japanese pickles – free of charge! Local Japanese chef Emi Buzza will give a brief talk on the history and techniques of tsukemono. Freshly cooked rice provided by the Embassy of Japan in Canada will be served with the tsukemono.

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