Embassy Expresses Gratitude for Messages in the Book of Condolences


The Embassy of Japan in Canada has closed the book of condolences for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. We are grateful for and encouraged by many thoughtful messages from our friends in Ottawa including the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We would like to express once again our deep gratitude and sincere appreciation to all.


(Photo credit: Ms. Deb Ransom)
The Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a visit to the

Embassy to sign the condolence book on March 23. 


Ambassador Ishikawa (left) and Colonel By High School student Miss Jacquelyn Smith (right).

Miss Smith kindly brought to the Embassy hand-made senbazuru (a thousand origami paper cranes) that she made with her friend and mother.
Senbazuru is usually sent to a person who is ill or injured as a prayer for recovery, since cranes are a symbol of longevity and happiness in Japan. Senbazuru has also become a strong symbol of world peace.