Visit of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado to Ottawa

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited Ottawa between August 26 and 27, 2019 as part of her visit to Canada on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan. Princess Takamado was warmly welcomed by people who are active in various domains in Canada. This was Princess Takamado’s 10th visit to Canada.

Upon arriving in Ottawa from Toronto on August 26, Princess Takamado visited the Supreme Court of Canada and was welcomed by The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada, who hosted a luncheon in her honour.

Afterwards, Princess Takamado visited the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and she met with doctors, nurses and children in the cardiology department and interacted with children at Roger Neilson House.

Princess Takamado visited Japanese-Canadian artist Mitsugi Kikuchi’s 50th anniversary art exhibition at the Embassy of Japan and met with Mr. Kikuchi.

A reception hosted by Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane in Her Imperial Highness’ honour was held in the evening of August 26 at the Ambassador’s residence. Guests included The Right Honourable David Johnston, former Ambassadors to Japan, Japanese-Canadians, government officials, university figures, JET alumni and guests of Her Imperial Highness.

Ambassador Ishikane delivered brief remarks in which he highlighted Princess Takamado’s strong connections to Canada. Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado gave a short speech in which she emphasized the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations, thanked the guests for their contributions to Japan-Canada relations and expressed her hope that ties between the two countries will be further strengthened in the coming years. The Right Honourable David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, gave a toast.

At the reception, with the audience of Her Imperial Highness, the Ambassador conferred the Foreign Minister’s Commendation to the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) for their promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.

On the morning of August 27, Princess Takamado paid a courtesy call to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall.

Afterwards, Princess Takamado visited the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and attended a luncheon offered by the museum. Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited the museum’s Japanese Zen Garden, which she had officially opened with her late husband, His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado, during a previous visit to Canada in 1995, as well as the museum’s Grand Hall.

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado departed Ottawa for Prince Edward Island on the afternoon of August 27.

On her visit this year, Princess Takamado visited Toronto, Ottawa, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
 
HIH Princess Takamado with Chief Justice Wagner and Ambassador Ishikane HIH Princess Takamado talking with Chief Justice Wagner
HIH Princess Takamado offering a gift to Chief Justice Wagner HIH Princess Takamado with doctors and a CHEO ambassador
HIH Princess Takamado, Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane outside Roger Neilson House Mr. Mitsugi Kikuchi showing his artwork to HIH Princess Takamado
Mr. Mitsugi Kikuchi showing his artwork to HIH Princess Takamado HIH Princess Takamado greeting guests at the reception
Ambassador Ishikane delivers his remarks HIH Princess Takamado gives her remarks
The Rt. Hon. David Johnston giving a toast HIH Princess Takamado mingling with guests at the reception
HIH Princess Takamado and The Rt. Hon. David Johnston HIH Princess Takamado and HE the Rt. Hon. Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada
HE the Rt. Hon. Julie Payette giving a picture of Mt. Fuji taken from space to HIH Princess Takamado as a gift HE the Rt. Hon. Julie Payette giving a picture of Mt. Fuji taken from space to HIH Princess Takamado as a gift
HIH Princess Takamado in the Japanese Zen Garden at the Canadian Museum of History HIH Princess Takamado visiting the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History