Ottawa Bonsai Society 2018 Exhibition

On September 15 and 16, the Ottawa Bonsai Society (OBS) held its annual exhibition at the Embassy of Japan. Nearly 1,200 people attended the event where they had the opportunity to appreciate more than 40 beautiful bonsai trees that have been carefully taken care of by the OBS members over many years.

At the opening ceremony, Mr. Vianney Leduc, President of the OBS, thanked the Embassy for its cooperation and expressed their appreciation for having this year’s exhibition as part of the celebratory events for the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Ishikane compared bonsai trees to the long-lasting Japan-Canada relationship, as both require tireless work and dedication. The Ambassador also mentioned that like young trees are being shaped every year, and knowledge about bonsai and craft skills are passed on from generation to generation, the youths from Japan and Canada are increasingly taking up the torch to carry our bilateral relations forward.
On both days, demonstrations were held in the afternoon to offer in-depth explanation of the process to make bonsai.
Ambassador Ishikane delivering opening remarks Mr. Vianney Leduc from the OBS giving opening remarks
Opening Ceremony Executives from the OBS giving a tour of the exhibition for Ambassador and Madam Ishikane
Bonsai trees on display
Visitors enjoying the bonsai exhibition
Demonstration Mr. Leduc answering participants’ questions after the demonstration