Foreign Minister’s Commendation for Mrs. Rebecca Cragg

On July 20th, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced Mrs. Rebecca Cragg as a recipient of the Foreign Minister’s Award for her outstanding achievement in promoting Japanese Culture in Canada. The award ceremony was held at Ambassador Ishikane’s residence on November 9th, 2018.

Mrs. Cragg passionately learned Japanese language and traditional culture while she stayed in Japan as a JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme) participant. After her return to Canada, she has been promoting Japanese traditional arts such as Ikebana, tea ceremony and Suibokuga (ink wash painting) in the National Capital Region, while contributing to the Japanese community as a board member of the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre.

Ambassador Ishikane thanked Mrs. Cragg for being a long-time friend of Japan, in particular for performing traditional Japanese art on many occasions and organizing various fundraising events in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

Ambassador Ishikane delivering a congratulatory address

Remarks by Mrs. Cragg, the recipient

Conferment of Certification

Ambassador Ishikane, Mrs. Ishikane and the guests

Mrs. Ishikane preparing tea for the guests Mrs. Ishikane and Mrs. Cragg