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The Consulate-General of Japan at the Calgary Japanese Omatsuri Festival

  • Sake Barrel Opening Ceremony (Kagami-biraki)
  • Consul-General Tamura’s Opening Speech
  • This year’s Omatsuri once again draws a large crowd

The carrying of the Omikoshi

Master Blacksmith Teruyasu Fujiwara and Consul-General Tamura

The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary was pleased to take part in the Calgary Japanese “Omatsuri” Festival organized by the Calgary Japanese Community Association on Saturday, August 15th at Bowness Community Association. After participating in the cracking open of a sake-barrel ceremony (Kagami-biraki) to officially begin the event, Consul-General Tamura gave an address to the audience. Despite inclement weather in the morning, the afternoon festival-goers enjoyed a cease in the rain, allowing for Omatsuri to draw a great deal of visitors totalling about 4900.
With support from the Japan Foundation, The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary and Knifewear were extremely pleased to present Master Blacksmith Teruyasu Fujiwara from Japan, who gave an intriguing demonstration of the traditional art of knife-making to a very large crowd outside.
In addition, some of this year’s “My Encounter with Japan” Photo Contest winners’ photos were set up inside, receiving some great comments from onlookers.
Meanwhile, Paro, the therapeutic seal robot from Japan greeted festival-goers with friendly coos, blinks and tail-waggles, as they approached the Consulate-General’s outdoor Japan information booth.
It is no wonder that Omatsuri continues to enjoy an ever-increasing following, being that it is packed with so many exciting programs, interesting demos, delicious food, shopping opportunities, and fun. We all look forward to next year’s celebration of Japanese culture…and hope for sunshine!

Paro the Therapeutic Robot greets festival-goers at the Consulate-General of Japan Booth

Some of the winning photos from the “My Encounter with Japan” Photo Contest displayed at Omatsuri

A large crowd gathers for Teruyasu Fujiwara’s Blacksmith Demonstration

Mr. Fujiwara explaining the process of knife-making

The knife is heated to the correct temperature

Mr. Fujiwara begins shaping the steel

Several volunteers from the audience were able to get a special hands-on demonstration