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Hanami - Ottawa Style
While cherry trees do not do well in Ottawa, the colourful red, white and pink blossoms of crab apple trees provide a good alternative to cherry blossom viewing.  Crab apple trees are usually in full bloom by mid-May. The Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm offers several good viewing opportunities. Indeed, a collection of beautiful old crab apple trees can be found just north of Building 72 near the Arboretum entrance. Another group adorns the area south of the two bridges. The sites are all accessible by bicycle. 

Japanese Garden and Pavilion, Montreal Botanical Gardens

Nitobe Memorial Garden,  UBC

Japanese Garden,  Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Zen Garden, Canadian Museum of Civilization


Japan: Rogers Cable 22
A  bilingual community television program that covers stories related to the JC community in Ottawa. Show airs 9:00 am on the 2nd Sunday from October to June and again the following Saturday at 9:00am. Check your TV guide for time changes.

Fox Sportsworld Canada
Gambare! Weekly highlights from Japan's premier soccer league, the J-League.
Season: Mar.-Dec. Episodes: 34 Duration: 30 mins  
Check schedule for times.

TV Japan
A wide variety of Japanese-language programming including news, documentaries, drama, sports, educational and children's programs and live coverage of the Grand Sumo Tournament. 

Press &Literature

The Japan Times
Daily English language news from Japan 

A quarterly magazine which introduces contemporary Japanese culture and society to people all over the world. The print version is available at Japanese Embassies and Consulates. A selection of Nipponia content is available online. 

The Japanese Literature Home Page
Very impressive site. Literary news, history and reviews. The author index  contains a fairly long list of premodern and modern Japanese writers that can be viewed in both English and Japanese. Available translations are listed for each writer. 

Canada-Japan Literary Awards - Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers who are writing on Japan, Japanese themes, or themes that promote mutual understanding between Japan and Canada or by Canadian translators of such books from Japanese into English or French.

Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu - UNESCO Global Heritage Pavilion
Provides abstracts of the translation by Edward G. Seidensticker for each of the 54 chapters. The pages  are illustrated with the Edo Era woodcuts of Harumasa Yamamoto. The links to the full text are broken. 
To download the full text click here  

The Way of Shikoku - Mr. Robert Sibley (Ottawa Citizen)  

Language, Culture &Travel

The Ottawa Public Library's Language Learning Centre offers access to Mango Languages to its members. Mango is an online interactive language-learning system that uses sound and visual display to help immerse users in 37 different languages. For Japanese, there are three levels: Basic, Intermediary and Advance. First login to your Ottawa Public Library account http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/main/overview.   Then click on Mango Languages  http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/main/find/online/subject/all/language 

MLC Meguro Language Centre , Tokyo, houses an extensive selection of free study material 

Web-Japan is a Gateway for all Japanese Information 

Japan Travel and Living Guide  delivers comprehensive, up-to-date information on travelling and living in Japan, first-hand from Japan. Information on Japan is sorted from A to Z.

The Canada-Japan Society of Ottawa
P.O. Box 8260, Station T Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H7

e-Mail: cjso@cjso-ottawa.org

Copyright 1998 The Canada-Japan Society of Ottawa