Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito hosted the annual National Day Reception at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
On Nov. 24, Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito hosted the annual National Day Reception at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. A celebratory message was sent by the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario. More than 400 guests attended the reception, including the Hon. Victor Oh, Senator of Canada, Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga, and other representatives from the provincial and municipal governments, the business community, the fields of academics, arts and culture as well as the Japanese Canadian community and its organizations. There were performances by Toronto’s celebrated taiko group Nagata Shachu, as well as Chikushi Koto School Grandmaster Linda Caplan. Guests took part in a ceremonial sake barrel opening (Kagamibiraki), and a projected slide show gave an overview of the activities of the Consulate-General of Japan in 2017. Consul-General Ito in addition to recalling the past year in her speech, stated that 2018 will mark the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations. She said she would like to use the opportunity to: introduce more Japanese culture to Canadians; assist in increasing tourism to Japan; support local Japanese business activities; as well as promote Japanese food and saké, thereby strengthening Japan-Ontario relations in a variety of facets.
Consul-General Ito gives remarks.
The Hon. Victor Oh, Senator of Canada, gives remarks.
The ceremonial sake barrel opening (Kagamibiraki). From left: Ms. Mary-Margaret McMahon, Councillor, City of Toronto;
Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga; Senator Oh; Consul-General Ito; Mr. James Heron, Executive Director,
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC); Mr. Marty Kobayashi, Former President, JCCC; Consulate-General of Japan
staff member Rui Umezawa who acted as emcee; Ms. Eriko Hattori, President, Association of Japanese Canadian Businesses and
Professionals (Shinkikai); Mr. Taizaburo Egawa, President, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry (Shokokai);
The Honourable Roy McLaren, PC, Former Diplomat and Politician; Mr. Jonathan Sauvé, Director, International Relations and
Deputy Chief of Protocol, Government of Ontario; Mr. David Tsubouchi, Former Provincial Cabinet Minister;
Mr. Steve Yamada, Councillor, Town of Whitby
Mayor Crombie leads the guests in a toast.
Chikushi Koto School Grandmaster Linda Caplan and Kiri Koto Ensemble member Logan Scott give a performance.
Nagata Shachu performs on the taiko drums and flute.
Over 400 guests enjoyed the evening.