At the beginning of opening remarks, Ambassador Kawamura expressed his most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of Flight 752 and he suggested observing a moment of silence for the victims.
Referring to the recent activities of Japanese Canadians in Ottawa, Ambassador Kawamura expressed his intention to further strengthen cooperation between the Japanese Canadian community and the Embassy. Ambassador Kawamura also mentioned the continuing high-level contacts between Japan and Canada. He expressed his belief that we can expect more opportunities for growing relations between our countries as Canada is paying more attention to the Asia-Pacific now that the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has entered into force.
Ambassador Kawamura, introducing the mascots of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 “Miraitowa” and “Someity”, assured that the people of Japan will be great hosts to athletes from all over the world, including the Canadian team.
Mr. Kamiya, chef of Ambassador Kawamura, prepared a variety of Japanese dishes for the occasion, including osechi (a set of Japanese dishes served on New Year’s Day), sushi, tempura. Japanese sake and plum wine from different regions were also served. An ikebana flower arrangement by Ms. Anne Breau, President of the Ikebana International Chapter in Ottawa, and Japanese New Year decorations added a festive atmosphere to the reception.
|Ambassador Kawamura making his opening remarks||Ambassador Kawamura introducing the mascots of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games|
|Guests enjoying Japanese food by the Ambassador’s chef||Ambassador’s chef serving Japanese traditional New Year soup|
|Ikebana arrangement by
Ms. Anne Breau, President of the Ikebana International Chapter in Ottawa
|“Miraitowa” and “Someity”|