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A Visual History of our Embassy on the occasion of 90 years of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations

July 29 - September 20, 2019

Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

July 5, 2019

Exhibition Announcement

In 1929, Canada opened its first diplomatic mission in Japan and appointed
Sir Herbert Marler, a politician and lawyer from Montréal, as head of the mission.  The title of this position was then Minister. Canadian diplomat Mr. Hugh L. Keenleyside, who was posted to Tokyo from 1929 to 1936, also assisted with the opening of this first diplomatic mission. This year, Canada is celebrating its 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan. In commemoration of this milestone, the Embassy of Canada to Japan is pleased to hold an exhibition entitled “A Visual History of Our Embassy” in its Prince Takamado Gallery.

The exhibition will take the viewer on a retrospective of our Embassy and will feature photographs from the private collection of Hugh L. Keenleyside as well as highlight Herbert Marler and Mr. E. Herbert Norman, who was seconded by Canada’s Department of External Affairs to the General Headquarters of the Allied Powers and played a role in postwar Japan’s reformation and democratization. As well, Norman also became Head of Canada’s mission in Japan in 1946.

The Canada–Japan relationship is based on shared values: the promotion of human rights, a commitment to democracy and respect for the rule of law. This foundation has allowed all aspects of our relationship to flourish, including with respect to political relations, trade and investment, and people-to-people ties. We hope you will enjoy this exhibition as an opportunity to look back at the history of Canada-Japan diplomatic relations and contemplate the rich relationship that we enjoy today


Date: July 29 - September 20

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Closed on weekends and August 12

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6391

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444

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N.B.: Visitor access to the Embassy of Canada requires photo identification. Note that bags will be checked for security.


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