Tomoni/Go Together-An evening of performance with Ottawa’s Japanese Community

On November 12th, in partnership with the Embassy of Japan, the Carleton University Art Gallery and the Ottawa Japanese Community Association presented “Tomoni/Go Together”, an evening of performance with the Japanese community in Ottawa.

This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibitions Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment and Inheriting Redress: The Ottawa Japanese Community Association Archive which are taking place at Carleton University Art Gallery until January 26th 2020. Tomoni/Go Together was curated by the Japanese Canadian artist Mr. Matt Miwa under the concept of local Japanese Canadian performing arts groups collaborating with local artists. The performers were:
  • Minyo-kai (Japanese folk dance group) and Merganzer (Violinist)
  • Melody of Japan (Women’s choir) and Lesley Marshall (Audio-visual artist)
  • David Okura & Sayoko Konno (Ottawa karaoke members) and Takako Segawa (Contemporary dancer)
Japanese cooking lecturer Ms. Emi Buzza also gave a workshop about tsukemono (Japanese pickles) including a brief history and an explanation of the techniques involved. The Embassy also provided freshly cooked rice as a promotion of rice from Japan.

This popular event was a great success. Guests were able to see never-before collaborations and enjoy rice and tsukemono. Many guests praised the deliciousness of the Japanese rice in particular.
Welcome greetings by Mr. Matt Miwa and Ms. Yumi Schoenhofer
Performance by Minyo-kai and Merganzer
Performance by Melody of Japan and VJ Lesley Marshall
Tsukemono workshop by Chef Emi Buzza
Performance by Mr. David Okura and Ms. Takako Segawa
Performance by Ms. Sayoko Konno and Ms. Takako Segawa
Rice from Japan provided by the Embassy Tsukemono tasting