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.

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.

OJCA/OJCC 2021 Annual General Meeting

October 3rd, 2021 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

We will hold our 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) once again ONLINE for the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) and the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre (OJCC).

The date we have chosen is Sunday, October 3rd, starting at 1:00 pm – 4:00pm. These will not be in-person meetings, but will instead be conducted using the ZOOM platform.

We hope that many of you will participate. So we have an attractive plan that all non-Board participants will be entered into a draw to win a prize!

This meeting is for members only. Please email contact@ojca.ca for the meeting link.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at AGM!

Iaido Seminar at Takahashi Dojo

On the weekend of September 18th from 9:30am to 11am the Ottawa Kendo club,
Iaido section will be hosting Goyo Ohmi Sensei from Toronto, 7Dan Iaido 6Dan Kendo for a Iaido seminar at the Takahashi Dojo, 5 Melrose Ave.

This is a unique opportunity to have Ohmi Sensei guide our local community in All Japan Kendo Federation Seitei Iaido. Iaido is the Japanese Martial art of
drawing the sword.

The beginner session will be free, no experience required.

In order to facilitate physical distance requirements we will require those interested in attending the beginner seminar to RSVP to e.chart@sympatico.ca by 16 September. Space is limited.

We will require proof of vaccination.

A signed wavier form (to be provided).

Contact tracing information will also be required.