Emperor’s Birthday Celebration

L to R: Ambassador Fujisaki, SF City Chief of Protocol Maryam Muduroglu, Consul General Noguchi, Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis
Remarks by Consul General Noguchi
On Wednesday, February 22, Consul General and Mrs. Noguchi hosted a reception at their official residence in celebration of the Emperor of Japan’s birthday on February 23. About 200 guests attended the event, including Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis and leaders of a diverse array of Northern and Central California organizations.

In his remarks, Consul General Noguchi, spoke on the partnership between Japan and California and their shared values in democracy in the Asia-Pacific region as economic leaders. In consideration of such international issues as climate change, he advanced the potential for progress in further strengthening the existing bonds between Japan and California. Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis gave a congratulatory address mentioning Japan and California’s destiny as partners with high expectations for even deeper cooperation going forward. The address was followed by a toast from former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki.

Guests enjoyed displays promoting Japanese railways, the charm of Japanese cities, and Japanese rice.
Congratulatory address by Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis
Toast by Ambassador Fujisaki
Booth presented by East Japan Railway Company
Display promoting Matsuyama City and Fukuoka City
Guests learn about and sample Japanese rice
Ikebana arrangements by Ikenobo Ikebana
Guests enjoy gifts from Japanese companies ITOEN, Kikkoman, Sapporo and Takara Sake and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
The 2023 Emperor’s Birthday Reception

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