The Embassy of Japan in T&T

The Embassy of Japan in T&T Located at 5 Hayes Street, St. Clair, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Contact: (868) 628-5991 or email at [email protected]
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On February 2, 2021, the conferment ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays to Mrs. Kazuko Rankine, former ...
03/02/2021

On February 2, 2021, the conferment ceremony of the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays to Mrs. Kazuko Rankine, former Japanese language instructor at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) was held at the Ambassador of Japan's residence with the assistance of her ex-colleagues and friends.

Mrs. Rankine was presented with the "Patent of Decoration" by Ambassador Hirayama in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the promotion of Japanese language education in Trinidad and Tobago.

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on the JET Programme and our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

JET Programme Series: Rishma HansilThe Way of TeaMy love of matcha first drew me to the tea ceremony but I was surprised...
01/02/2021

JET Programme Series: Rishma Hansil

The Way of Tea

My love of matcha first drew me to the tea ceremony but I was surprised to know that tea was only the beginning. Attending a Japanese Tea Ceremony is one the best ways to immerse yourself in the traditional arts of Japan. It encapsulates many unique aspects of Japanese culture: lacquer wares, calligraphy, Zen Buddhism, Kimono, traditional desserts like "wagashi" 和菓子 and others.

The Japanese Tea ceremony 茶道, chadō, literally means “the way of tea” or 茶の湯, chanoyu. As with other "dō" (Judō, Kendō, Shodō for example) it teaches mindfulness and lessons from Zen Buddhism are echoed in the practice. The purpose of the ceremony is to ensure everyone is focused on the present moment, which is why wearing a watch is prohibited in the tea room. In a world as fast paced as ours it provides a much needed break.

During my time in Japan I've had the special opportunity to learn and practice with students at Shimada Sensei's Tea School, guided by Shimada Sensei herself. This connection has sparked opportunities for cultural exchange; students are eager to learn about Trinidad & Tobago and I am just as curious about Japan.

Amidst the hustle of everyday life, I encourage you to make a cup of green tea and enjoy every minute of it. If only for a moment you have found the "way of tea."

https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_01080.html

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on the JET Programme and our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) – DominicaThe Signing Ceremony for “The Project for Renova...
29/01/2021

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) – Dominica

The Signing Ceremony for “The Project for Renovation of Hurricane Shelters and Storm Drain in Dominica” was held at 10:00am on Friday 29 January 2021. The Signing Ceremony was held online with the parties participating from Port of Spain and Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica. Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities Inc. will receive a grant of US $148,824 for the renovation of two hurricane shelters and a storm drain, in order to mitigate natural disasters and enhance resilience in Dominica. This Project is now the third time that the Embassy has collaborated with DALCA through GGP, as two similar grant contracts were previously signed in 2015 and 2018. The Grant Contract was signed by Ambassador Tatsuo Hirayama on behalf of the Government of Japan as Donor, and Mr. Yoland Jno-Jules, President/Chairman of DALCA, on behalf of the Recipient. Also in attendance were His Worship Titus Francis, Mayor of Portsmouth; Ms. Nalda Jubenot, Assistant Local Government Commissioner; Mr. Gerard Cools-Lartigue, Honorary Consul-General for Japan in Dominica; Mr. Nobuaki Hanawa, First Secretary at the Embassy; and Mr. Hiroki Maruno, Political Advisor.

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

"Sakura” cherry blossoms are a must-see when visiting Japan, and for good reason! 🌸 One of the most fascinating sights f...
28/01/2021

"Sakura” cherry blossoms are a must-see when visiting Japan, and for good reason! 🌸 One of the most fascinating sights for early sakura-viewing are of Kawazu-zakura, which bloom late January to early February, a month earlier than most sakura viewing seasons. Some of the well-known spots for these early sakura flowers are located in Shizuoka and Kanagawa Prefectures.

#VisitJapanInternational #Japan #Sakura #cherryblossom

"Sakura” cherry blossoms are a must-see when visiting Japan, and for good reason! 🌸 One of the most fascinating sights for early sakura-viewing are of Kawazu-zakura, which bloom late January to early February, a month earlier than most sakura viewing seasons. Some of the well-known spots for these early sakura flowers are located in Shizuoka and Kanagawa Prefectures. Want to learn more? Check out the link!:
https://bddy.me/36ibckr
#stayhome #stayinspired #TravelingWithoutLeavingHome
#Nature

JET Programme Series: Joanna Ming HonGetting wrapped up in culture. Kimono is one of the most well known traditional gar...
27/01/2021

JET Programme Series: Joanna Ming Hon

Getting wrapped up in culture.

Kimono is one of the most well known traditional garments of Japan. The name recently regained some popularity as it was used by a famous American celebrity as branding for their new clothing line but was compelled to consider an alternative after a politely written letter from the governor of Kyoto prefecture. However the word kimono is not as dramatic as it is a simple garment that many wear for a special occasion(s).The word for Kimono in Japanese 着物 is made of two words; “to wear” (着る) and “thing” (物).

Last year I had the pleasure to learn more about the textile production in the Tango region of Kyoto Prefecture. The region where I have called my home for the past 3 years. Growing accustomed to the sounds of weaving machines and sights of silk threads drying in the sun. The tango region produces 60% of the textiles used to make kimonos in Japan. This area specializes in a crepe style of weaving called chirimen. Many of the textile producers only work with silk. I learnt that the outer garment is made from one bolt of cloth which is 13 meters in length and 38 cm in width. Additionally one silk thread is about half the thickness of a strand of human hair. Each thread is composed of 10 strands of silk spun together and one bolt of silk requires 3,000 silk cocoons. Many textile companies have been family owned and operated for 300 years, some are even my students.

Many times I am in awe as to how my JET placement matches with my interest, having studied Fashion Design in UTT. I was eager to learn more about textiles in Japan. I am grateful to have been taught how to wear the summer version of kimono called “yukata”, as well as be part of a few kimono festivals. My greatest experience with kimono is seeing the Olympic Kimono that was designed for Trinidad and Tobago. I previously saw the kimono via the official website but it could not compare to seeing it in person. During a time when there was no hope of returning home and feeling overwhelmed with the pandemic. The Trinidad and Tobago kimono made me feel like I was visiting home, just for a moment in my memories. The designers were able to capture all the best parts of Trinidad and Tobago from the birds, the trees, flowers, beaches, turtles, the sea and the beautiful hidden steel pan. Not only the kimono but the heavily brocade woven obi belt reminded me of beautiful costumes for the King and Queens parade seen during carnival celebration.

https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_01077.html

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on the JET Programme and our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

On 26 January, 2021, Ambassador Hirayama attended the Presentation of Information Technology Equipment for the establish...
27/01/2021

On 26 January, 2021, Ambassador Hirayama attended the Presentation of Information Technology Equipment for the establishment of the Online Student Support Centres in La Brea by Caribbean Gas Chemical Limited (CGCL). The ceremony was held in presence of CGCL’s CEO Mr. Nakaba Aoyagi, and the Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament (M.P.) for La Brea, the Honourable Stephen Mc Clashie. The equipment will be installed in two (2) Student Support Centres in La Brea, to order to improve the online access for the most vulnerable children. Ambassador Hirayama donated four (4) books written by a former JET programme participant, Mr. Phillip Simon, titled ‘Petra and the Poui’ and hoped that the children will read the book and become interested in Japan.

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

On 30 December, 2020, the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes held an even...
26/01/2021

On 30 December, 2020, the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes held an event hosting all Ambassadors and/or Heads of Missions to this country and launched the President’s International Exotic Garden. The specially conceptualised and designed garden features plants from each of the countries with diplomats resident in Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Tatsuo Hirayama attended the event and presented a bonsai tree to the garden. All Ambassadors and/or Heads of Missions also contributed their own national plants to the President’s International Exotic Garden.

For more information on the event, see link https://www.facebook.com/otptt/posts/2757448824497270

Castles in Japan: The surviving castles across Japan are witnesses to the history of the samurai. Castles were construct...
25/01/2021

Castles in Japan: The surviving castles across Japan are witnesses to the history of the samurai. Castles were constructed all over Japan, notably the 16th century, when samurai played an active role.

For more: https://web-japan.org/trends/11_food/jfd170413.html

#Japan #WebJapan #Castles #Culture #Wow

The surviving castles across #Japan are witnesses to the history of the #samurai (#侍). Castles were constructed all over Japan, notably the 16th century, when samurai played an active role.
The tallest building in each castle is called “tenshu (#天守/天守閣).” Standing prominently above the other buildings, the tenshu was mainly used as the place from which to keep watch on the castle environs. That changed, however, in the Edo Period (1603–1867), when the tenshu buildings were more often designed to show the authority of the lord of the castle.
Most of the castles built before the Edo period were destroyed due to fire or other causes. Today, only 12 castles have tenshu in their original forms, which remain like they were when they were built.

Let’s learn more about castles in japan at #WebJapan/#TrendsInJapan!
https://web-japan.org/trends/11_food/jfd170413.html

1. #HimejiCastle #姫路城 in Hyogo Pref.
2. #MatsumotoCastle #松本城 in Nagano Pref.
3. #BicchuMatsuyamaCastle #備中松山城 in Okayama Pref.
4. #InuyamaCastle #犬山城 in Aichi Pref.
5. #UwajimaCastle #宇和島城in Ehime Pref.
6. #MatsuyamaCastle #松山城 in Ehime Pref.
7. #HirosakiCastle #弘前城 in Aomori Pref.
8. #MatsueCastle #松江城 in Shimane Pref.
9. #MaruokaCastle #丸岡城 in Fukui Pref. & #KochiCastle #高知城 in Kochi Pref.
10. #MarugameCastle #丸亀城 in Kagawa Pref. & #HikoneCastle #彦根城 in Shiga Pref.

#JapaneseCastle #城 #現存天守 #MofaJapan #JapaneseCulture #Travel #BucketList
#DreamNowTravelLater #StayInspired

Vacancy AnnouncementPost: Project Assistant for the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program (GGP) Departm...
20/01/2021

Vacancy Announcement

Post: Project Assistant for the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program (GGP)

Department/Office: Development Cooperation Section, Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago

For the Announcement and the Application Form see link:https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/files/100139621.pdf

Made in Kyoto - Episode 9 - Old Streets - Shinmachi St., Muromachi St. This program is provided in collaboration with MB...
18/01/2021
MADE IN KYOTO - Old Streets

Made in Kyoto - Episode 9 - Old Streets - Shinmachi St., Muromachi St.

This program is provided in collaboration with MBS (Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.), the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation.

For more episodes see the YouTube playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1FiIoffE47C_zIYagfyu8bHgD7MPNnVj

【Information】・Program Title: MADE IN KYOTO (Dubbed in English)・Streaming Period:Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grena...

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) – SurinameThe Signing Ceremony for “The Project for the Re...
15/01/2021

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) – Suriname

The Signing Ceremony for “The Project for the Renovation of the Fish and Meat Hall of the Kwatta Agricultural Market” was held at 10:00am on Friday 15 January 2021. The Signing Ceremony was held online with the parties participating from Port of Spain and Paramaribo, Suriname. The S. Kisoensingh Kwatta Agricultural Market Foundation will receive a grant of US $115,218 for the creation of a larger and overall improved space for the vending of meat and fish, which will be better aligned with internationally accepted norms for market design and sanitation. This Project is now the second time that the Embassy has collaborated with the Foundation through GGP, twenty years after a previous grant contract was signed in 2001. The Grant Contract was signed by Ambassador Tatsuo Hirayama on behalf of the Government of Japan as Donor, and Mr. Ewald Blankendal, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board, on behalf of the Recipient. Also in attendance were Mr. Jayant Padarath, Honorary Consul-General of Japan in Suriname; Mr. Nobuaki Hanawa, First Secretary at the Embassy; Mr. Katsuya Sato, Second Secretary; and other board members of the Foundation.

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Series: Stories submitted in 2020.Read and explore Japan with the JET Series...
15/01/2021

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Series: Stories submitted in 2020.

Read and explore Japan with the JET Series submissions in 2020.

15.12.2020 Tottori - an incredible little gem - Annika Mohammed
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00953.html

24.11.2020 What is Momijigari? - Nicholas Rajalal
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00919.html

09.10.2020 Hydrangeas and the Season of Rain - Sharon Dolabaille
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00829.html

07.10.2020 Tokyo Tales and Doubles with Slight! - Rishma Hansil
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00827.html

05.10.2020 One Year in Japan - Michelle Amoroso
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00823.html

01.09.2020 Summer Vacation Road Trip - Shevon Williams
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00732.html

27.08.2020 A Trip around the Sun in Japan - Christian Jalim
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00729.html

20.08.2020 Obon or Bon - Japanese Buddhist Custom - Shantal Deokie
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00727.html

19.08.2020 Obon Festival in Japan - Nicholas Rajalal
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00711.html

17.08.2020 Fukuoka is my home away from home - Amanda Goberdhan
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00700.html

14.08.2020 Takachiho Gorge - Quinlan Fletcher
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00699.html

07.08.2020 Reclining Buddha at Nanzoin Temple- Samantha Samlal
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00670.html

22.07.2020 Kyoto - One of the most majestic places I have ever visited - Annika Mohammed
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00593.html

13.07.2020 Trinbagonian & Japanese Love - Knikkoliev Seebaran
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00569.html

09.07.2020 Sapporo Snow Festival - David Ramgobin
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00571.html

15.06.2020 Odawara Castle, Kanagawa Prefecture - Christenne Lyons
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00572.html

12.06.2020 From the Mountains of Reihoku to the Beaches of Shimanto, Kochi - Adanna Simon
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00573.html

26.05.2020 The Animation Museum in Suginami, Japan's home of anime - Michelle Amoroso
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00594.html

08.05.2020 Oketto - Sadia Glasgow
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00616.html

29.04.2020 Japan's Manhole Covers - Knikkoliev Seebaran
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00617.html

27.04.2020 Sakura Blossoms in Hagi City - Shantal Deokie
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00638.html

17.04.2020 Cherry Blossoms in Niigata Prefecture - Shanisa Sabdarali
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00639.html

15.04.2020 My "Tokyo" JET Experience - Christenne Lyons
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00618.html

10.02.2020 Tokyo JET - Animation City - Michelle Amoroso
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00637.html

31.01.2020 Trini Samurai in Hagi - Shantal Deokie
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00620.html

29.01.2020 18 Schools and counting! - Samantha Samlal
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00622.html

24.01.2020 Walking on the Fantasy Side in Japan - Christian Jalim
https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/11_000001_00624.html

*** Please visit the Embassy of Japan Website for more information on our daily activities: https://www.tt.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html

Made in Kyoto - Episode 8 - Romantic Train - Sagano Romantic TrainThis program is provided in collaboration with MBS (Ma...
13/01/2021
MADE IN KYOTO - Romantic Train

Made in Kyoto - Episode 8 - Romantic Train - Sagano Romantic Train

This program is provided in collaboration with MBS (Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.), the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation.

For more episodes see the YouTube playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1FiIoffE47C_zIYagfyu8bHgD7MPNnVj

【Information】・Program Title: MADE IN KYOTO (Dubbed in English)・Streaming Period:Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grena...

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Hi! In light of the recent natural disasters that hit Japan, how can we help? Clothes? Food? Anything? 🙇💞
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For those interested in applying for the Jet Programe dont waste your time and resources at the Japan Embassy to Trinidad and Tobago because you would not be selected based on your merit or degree type, but rather who you know at the embassy.This is one transparent reason why nepotism cannot end . I am calling out the embassy because there are people like me who applied and wasted time and resources. Additionally,the embassy have no proper diplomatic protocol or communication etiquette. When you called to do follow ups or status on application they are not accommodating. I do not know if they know what it means to have diplomatic protocol as an embassy.I do know there are other embassies in Trinidad and Tobago who have manners and are aware of proper protocols.The JET program clearly states there is no preference is the degree qualification you have. How come only students from the faculty of Natural Sciences were only selected?What about the other faculties? This is not internationalization but of injustice and unfairness.