In January of 1928, Japan and Canada reached an agreement to establish diplomatic relations. This year marks the 90th anniversary of that relationship being established between our countries. To celebrate this milestone, on March 28, the Consulate-General of Japan and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), along with Toronto’s The National Club, co-hosted a celebratory event entitled “An Evening in Japan.” During the media Q&A session, Visit Japan tourism ambassador Marta Magdalena Stępień, who was previously crowned Miss International Canada 2017, dressed in a traditional kimono and shared her passion for Japan and her own travel experiences in the country.
As part of the event, guests were able to get a true taste of Japan by enjoying a four-course dinner, prepared with authentic Japanese ingredients like hidagyu beef, mizuna greens and Japan-produced melon. Premium sakes were served along with the dinner, supported by SIO (Sake Institute of Ontario). A thrilling taiko drum performance and yosakoi dance brought more excitement to the evening.
As the major organizer of the event, JNTO marked the occasion by inaugurating a global-scale, multilingual campaign entitled “Enjoy My Japan.” The campaign seeks to entice long-haul travellers to visit Japan and explore the country beyond its most well-known, popular attractions. A cornerstone of the campaign is the message that Japan literally has something for everyone, and that whatever it is a traveller is seeking to find in an overseas destination, Japan is ready, willing and waiting to fulfill their passions. This extensive campaign involves a broad variety of initiatives, including the launch of a dedicated website (www. enjoymyjapan.jp) featuring video clips that show a range of activities associated with Japan.
During the event, there was more good news for travellers from Air Canada: direct flights between Montreal and Tokyo Narita will be launched starting June 1, 2018, making it easier than ever for Canadians to enjoy what Japan has to offer.
Enjoy My Japan
Whatever your passion in life, you’ll find it here. www.enjoymyjapan.jp