Emperor’s Birthday Celebration

Consul General Yamada delivering his speech
Sausalito Mayor Jill James Hoffman offering a toast
Consul General Jun Yamada hosted a reception at his official residence on December 6 in celebration of the Emperor of Japan’s birthday on December 23. More than 300 guests were in attendance, including leaders of California from various fields, representatives from the local Japanese community, and members of the Consular Corps.

The program began with the American and Japanese national anthems. Consul General Yamada then expressed his gratitude to all the guests for their support in making the year 2016 remarkably eventful for California-Japan relations, as well as his hope for further deepening of the relationship. Sausalito Mayor Jill James Hoffman finished off the program by offering a toast.

Throughout the residence, beautiful ikebana flower arrangements were displayed. Guests also enjoyed samples of Amaou strawberries from Fukuoka Prefecture, as well as special displays for the Shinkansen and booth of Fukuoka Prefecture.

Date: Tuesday, December 6
Location: Consul General’s Official Residence
Consul General Yamada with members of the diplomatic corps
Guests mingle at the reception

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