Emperor’s Birthday Celebration

On Wednesday, December 5, Consul General Tomochika Uyama hosted a reception at his official residence in celebration of the Emperor of Japan’s birthday on December 23. More than 230 guests were in attendance, including leaders of California from various fields, representatives from the local Japanese community, and members of the Consular Corps.

In his remarks, Consul General Uyama expressed his sympathies over the passing of H. E. George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America on November 30, and extended his condolences to the people who were affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Consul General Uyama outlined various efforts to strengthen the relationship between Japan and California throughout 2018, and expressed his deep gratitude to all of those who supported these endeavors. Also, Consul General Uyama introduced Mr. Dale Ikeda to the guests, who was appointed Honorary Consul of Japan in Fresno on October 1, 2018.

Ambassador C. Lawrence Greenwood, Jr., President of the Japan Society of Northern California, finished off the program by offering a toast.

Special displays for the Shinkansen (Japanese High-Speed Rail) and promotion of tourism to local areas in Japan were set up around the residence. Guests also enjoyed a variety of Japanese cuisine, including Sake and Onigiri (Japanese rice balls) made with Japanese Koshihikari rice grown in Niigata Prefecture.

Consul General Uyama delivers his remarks

Ambassador Greenwood, President of the Japan Society of Northern California, offers a toast

An attendee admires the Shinkansen models displayed by JR East

Consul General and Mrs. Uyama with members of the 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Court, in addition to Mr. Benh Nakajo, Program Chair of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program

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