2023 New Year’s Cocktail Reception

Consul General Noguchi gives remarks
Kagami biraki
On Wednesday, January 18, Consul General Noguchi hosted a New Year’s reception at his official residence.

In his remarks, Consul General Noguchi wished guests a happy new year and spoke of what lay in store for the Japan-California relationship in the coming year. Following these remarks, a traditional kagami biraki (sake cask-opening ceremony) was held and a toast was led by Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California President Mr. Taiki Ozawa.

Guests enjoyed a mochitsuki (rice pounding) performance by Kagami Kai and ikebana flower arrangements by the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Osechi-ryori (Japanese New Year’s cuisine) was prepared by the Consul General’s chef, Chef Matsuda.
Toast by Mr. Ozawa
Consul General Noguchi joins the mochitsuki
Arrangement by members of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana
Guests celebrate the new year at the reception

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