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: ojca.rsvp@gmail.com
Light refreshments will be provided care of the OJCA.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Japan Day Event

Date/Time: Friday Feb. 28 at 6:30 PM
Place: TD Place Arena (1015 Bank St. Ottawa), activities near Gate 3

The Japanese Embassy, the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), and OJCA/OJCC are holding a Japan Night event at the Ottawa 67s hockey game on February 28, to publicize the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. At 6:30, prior to puck drop, Ambassador Kawamura will give a brief speech followed by Boccia Canada doing a demonstration of Paralympic boccia, along with a performance by the KDC Japanese children’s hip-hop troupe.

The Ottawa 67s have set aside a block of tickets which can be purchased from the OJCA at the reduced price of $15 each. Tickets must be purchased electronically, and will be available to be picked up at the box office by Gate 3. To order a ticket, please Click the Tickets button below.

Once you receive a reply from the OJCA Treasurer, you will be asked to pay for your ticket(s) by e-transfer (You will be provided with a security question). If this method of payment presents a problem for you, please contact an OJCA Board member to make other arrangements.

See you there!