Nengajo Contest opens!

The OJCA is excited to announce our Kid’s Nengajo Drawing and Colouring Contest!

3 lucky winners will be selected at random to receive some fun prizes courtesy of the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre!

Prizes made by the OJCC!

How to enter:

  • Make a nengajo card or download our template. Original submissions should include “Happy New Years” and a picture of an ox (2021 zodiac animal).
  • Scan the card or take a picture and submit entry to

Contest Rules:

  • Open to children between the ages 3-13 in the National Capital Region.
  • One submission per child
  • Entries must be received by December 28, 2020.

Winners will be announced January 3, 2021.


By submitting an entry, you agree to allow the OJCA to share the image on social media and Contact information will not be included.

Personal information is collected for contest purposes only.

2020 Mochitsuki Cancellation

For the past 42 years, friends and family of the Japanese Canadian community in Ottawa have gathered at the OJCA-OJCC Mochitsuki to celebrate the upcoming New Year with food, activities and performances from local talent. Unfortunately, we must officially announce the cancellation of this year’s Mochitsuki due to the current COVID-19 situation.

We look forward to celebrating together with you next year! In the meantime, keep an eye on our Facebook page for fun holiday-themed content.

We wish you all a fun and safe holiday!

NAJC Zoom Chats

The following is an announcement from the NAJC.

We hope that you are all coping under the current COVID-19 pandemic. The National Association of Japanese Canadians has incorporated new, on-line programming in this environment and is happy to invite you to join in one of our on-line, virtual “Chat” sessions with some of our community members.

There are three chats scheduled, for which advance registration is required.

  • April 23 at 10pm and April 26 at 7pm: Chat with John Ota – Architectural writer/designer/historian John Ota will share some fascinating stories, beautiful photos, and highlights from his new book, The Kitchen.
  • April 24 at 7pm: Chat with Jeff Chiba Stearns – Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy nominated and Webby award-winning director and producer who has just launched his newest children’s book, Nori and His Delicious Dreams, which touches on food and culture.

Please visit the NAJC web site for full details.

OJCA Speakers Series 2020: Minister Akira Imamura

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa.

Date/Time: Thursday February 27th, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Place: The auditorium of the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa, 255 Sussex Dr.

You are cordially invited to attend the OJCA’s first Speaker Series lecture of the year featuring: Minister Akira Imamura, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan in Canada

Please join Minister Imamura and hear a lively presentation on current Japanese diplomacy and Japan-Canada relations. Discussion is encouraged, and Minister Imamura will draw upon a breadth of knowledge gained from his wide range of international postings and experience.

Topics to be covered include:
Japan’s National Security Strategy, the current state of Japan-Canada relations, future perspectives on strengthening Japan-Canada relations and Japan’s vision of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

Please R.S.V.P. to OJCA board member Matt Miwa by Wednesday February 26th:
Light refreshments will be provided care of the OJCA.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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