Virtual Bonsai Show


From September 12 to 27, the Embassy of Japan held a bonsai exhibition online in collaboration with the Ottawa Bonsai Society. The Ottawa Bonsai Society’s Bonsai Show has been held at the Information and Culture Centre in September every year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was realized as the Embassy’s first online event this year.
In his video greeting, Ambassador Kawamura expressed his appreciation to the Ottawa Bonsai Society for their contribution to disseminating Japanese culture through bonsai. He also spoke about the meaning of cultural exchange and mutual understanding through bonsai and nature.
On September 23 and 25, virtual tours of the exhibition were conducted. After Mrs. Kawamura delivered a welcome greeting, Mr. Vianney Leduc, President of the Ottawa Bonsai Society, gave tours which allowed participants to enjoy each bonsai tree and deepen their understanding of bonsai. Throughout the tours, many questions from the public were also asked and answered.
Although we were unable to appreciate the bonsai trees directly to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, it was a good opportunity to access Japanese culture in staying at home.

Ambassador Kawamura in his video greeting

Mr. Vianney Leduc, President of Ottawa Bonsai Society in his video greeting

Virtual Bonsai Show pages

Mrs. Kawamura giving her welcome greeting at the virtual bonsai tour Virtual bonsai tour by Mr. Leduc