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!


Craft Workshop

Date/Time: Sunday March 1 from 1 to 4 pm
Place: Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre (Unit B16, 2285 St Laurent Blvd)

Please join us on Sunday March 1 from 1 to 4 pm at the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre. We are going to make more magnets and chopstick rests (hashioki) for our craft sales.

We will provide all the materials and instruction to make these items (see photos). You can also bring your own scissors or exacto knife, ruler, paintbrush to use with podgy glue.

You can let us know of your interest by emailing the general account: ojca_ojcc@yahoo.ca


OJCC Program Committee

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.