Tourism and Cultural Exhibition of the Japan Booth at the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show


The Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with Japanese airlines, hosted a booth to promote Japan as a tourism and cultural destination during the Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show, which ran on April 9th and 10th at Shaw Centre. At the booth, Embassy staff provided brochures and broadcast a Japanese tourism DVD, while the Japanese airlines provided flight information.

The visitors were offered Japanese tea, and enjoyed demonstrations of Japanese culture, including origami, calligraphy and furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth). Many people visited the booth and participated in these activities, taking advantage of a great opportunity to experience Japanese culture.

The Embassy also held a “Discover Japan Seminar” at the venue. Following the opening remarks by Ambassador Monji, several presentations were made. Among them was a presentation on tourism in Japan and its culture by Mr. Malcolm Maclure - a JET alumni. About 100 visitors, exceeding the capacity space available, attended the seminar, asking many questions during the presentations. The seminar’s popularity illustrated the high level of interest in Japan as a tourism destination and its culture. 

During the demonstration of Japanese cuisine, the Ambassador’s executive chef Mr. Ichiro Fujii demonstrated how to make sushi. It was so popular that some attendees had only standing room available. Participants were able to sample the sushi rolls during the demonstration, which proved to be very popular.