Clubs & Groups

Contact: Japan

We’re a bilingual community television program that covers stories related to the JC community in Ottawa. Show airs 9 am on the 2nd Sunday from Oct. to June and again on the following Saturday at 9 am. Check your TV guide for time changes. Email to Melisa Kamibayashi-Staples if you have story ideas or upcoming events to cover.

Sadou Gakushukai

This Tea Ceremony Study Group is new. The members meet every month upstairs in Amy’s Room on the first Sunday of the month, from 9 to noon.

Play Group

Come speak/practice Japanese with Japanese-speaking mothers while your children play and learn every Friday. Please see the Play Group (Japanese) web site for details.


Learn the Japanese art of drumming. It is a workout! Please see the Oto-Wa Taiko web site for details.

Ottawa Japanese Language School

Japanese classes for children and adults are available at various levels. Please consult the OJLS web site for details.


Japanese folk dance practice every Tuesday evening from 6-7pm for children and 7-9pm for adults. Contact Janet Matsukubo.


Japanese folk dancing group
Location: Takahashi Dojo (5 Melrose Ave.)
Dates: Twice per month on Sundays, 2:30pm Sept – Aug
Fee: $50 or $5/class


This 55-years old and over club organizes various activities throughout the year. Contact Ron Shigeishi.

Ottawa Ondo 2008

In commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Japan-Canada Diplomatic Relations, the mission of the OJCC “Ottawa Ondo” Subcommittee is to provide the Ottawa Japanese community and larger national capital region with an original song and dance that celebrates the unique heritage and specificities of our capital city through the use of traditional Japanese festival music, dance, singing and costumes. See the Ottawa Ondo 2008 Web site.