DIGI-AKI Matsuri: JETAA Ottawa’s Virtual Fall Festival

Welcome to DIGI-AKI! 

Join us on November 29 for JETAA Ottawa’s first ever DIGI-AKI, a celebration of Japanese culture online! Come discover and support Ottawa-based wonderful artists, performers and businesses, and learn more about Japan, Japanese culture and Japanese community! 

On this page, you will find the official link to the live event on November 29 from 1 PM as well as links to DIGI-AKI’s participants and partners. 

Embassy of Japan in Canada

The Embassy of Japan in Canada, located in Ottawa, has been a close partner to JETAA Ottawa throughout the years. We are thankful for all their support and their continued collaboration for Natsu Matsuri and other events organized by JETAA Ottawa.

Knifewear

Knifewear’s Knife Store (Hamono-ya) opened in 2008 in Calgary. More than a knife shop, they also offer expert knife knowledge, after-sale support and they love to share their passion for knives. Knifewear is a regular exhibitor at JETAA Ottawa’s Natsu Matsuri and we are happy to see this collaboration continue online with DIGI-AKI Matsuri.

Knifewear has stores in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Edmonton.

Budo Yoseikan Aikido

Practice empty-handed or with weapons, Yōseikan Budō or Yōseikan Aikidō is a form of martial art developed by Minori Mochizuki. Budo Yoseikan Aikido has performed at JETAA Ottawa’s Natsu Matsuri in the past, offering demonstration to the public and teaching about the technique directly to the people of Ottawa.

Budo Yoseikan Aikido has a dojo in Gatineau as well as the University of Ottawa.

Oto-Wa Taiko

Oto-Wa Taiko is a Japanese drumming group with three decades of activity in the Ottawa region. The group was founded in 1989 by members of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA). The names come from the Japanese words Oto (sound) and Wa (Harmony) and reflects the name of its origin in Ottawa. Oto-Wa has performed at many editions of JETAA Ottawa’s Natsu Matsuri, hyping up the crowd and giving the festival the feeling of a true Japanese summer in Ottawa.

Oto-Wa Taiko performs at events and in schools. They also offer workshops and training classes. (Workshops and classes are currently suspended due to COVID-19 health and safety measures in place).

Komachi Montréal

Based in Montreal and founded in 2007, Komachi Montréal brings traditional Minyo dancing to Canada with the goal of making Canadians experience Japan in a fun and unique way. Minyo dancing is diverse, with many songs and dances coming from all over Japan. Komachi Montréal is a frequent performers at JETAA Ottawa’s Natsu Matsuri and we are happy to welcome them once again for DIGI-AKI Matsuri!

Komachi Montréal performs at events and festivals. They also offer group classes. (Classes are currently suspended due to COVID-19 health and safety measures in place).

Melody of Japan

Melody of Japan Women’s Choir is based in the city of Ottawa. The group sings Japanese songs and brings a part of Japan to many events, notably last year at the National Art Gallery. JETAA Ottawa is very excited to have Melody of Japan join our event this year!

Melody of Japan is a part of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA) who organizes and participates in events across the city throughout the year.

Ottawa Shotokan Karate-Do

For over 15 years, OSKD has been offering Karate-Dō training to the people of Ottawa. Their focus on personal development both physically and mentally. OSKD has been a performer at JETAA Ottawa by offering demonstration their skills and technique in this Japanese traditional martial art.

OSKD offers classes for students who wish to start or continuer their training in JKA Shōtōkan Karate. (Classes are currently suspended due to COVID-19 health and safety measures in place).

The World of Japanese Ghosts – Painting Exhibition

JETAA Ottawa was happy to host the very successful exhibit The World of Japanese Ghosts – 日本の幽霊の世界 by Ms. Geneviève Dupont and Mr. Régis Orly last year at Natsu Matsuri 2019. Check out the PDF below for more information about the exhibit. Take a look at the website linked below to see more of Geneviève’s art and learn about chilling ghost tales from Japan and beyond!

Click here for the exhibit presented at Natsu Matsuri!

Click here to access the artist’s website!

JETAA Canada Chapters

JETAA Toronto

JETAA Québec/Atlantique

JETAA Prairies

JETAA Northern Alberta

JETAA British Columbia + Yukon

JETAA Southern Alberta

Japan-related Groups in Ottawa

Embassy of Japan in Canada

Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA)

Ottawa Japanese Community Centre (OJCC)

Ottawa Japanese Language School (OJLS)

Living, Working, Studying in Japan

JET Programme

Embassy of Canada to Japan

Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET)

MEXT Scholarship Program

Working Holiday Visa to Japan

Study in Japan