On July 19th, an opening reception was held for the “Tokyo BEFORE/AFTER” Photography Exhibition co-hosted by the Japan Foundation, the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary and the Gerry Thomas Gallery. At the reception, approximately 90 guests were in attendance, including members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, members of Calgary City Council, members of the consular corps of other countries, media related persons, officials in the Japanese community, cultural officials, and others.
Consul-General Kobayashi gave an opening speech mentioning this years’ 90th Anniversary of Japan-Canada Diplomatic Relations, and touched upon the recent situation surrounding Tokyo as the 2020 Olympic Games approach. He also spoke about Japanese culture prevalent in Calgary, and hoped that having a photography exhibition reflecting the theme of “Tokyo” and its history, would serve to deepen the mutual understanding of Japan and Canada. Shortly after, gallery owner and professional photographer Gerry Thomas offered greetings and celebrated the hosting of the exhibition encompassing photographic works by several famous Japanese photographers. At the gallery, well-known Japanese sake from Fukui prefecture, as well as a variety of hors d’oeuvres was served, making for an even more delightful atmosphere.
This exhibition is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays until August 11th. Please join us at the gallery to take a look at this unique collection. For further details on the exhibition, please follow the link below. http://www.calgary.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000536.html