February 24, 2023


The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo) holds a spring reception on Feb. 8. The acting principal Hong Kong economic and trade representative, Winsome Au (center), gave the opening address. | HKETO (Tokyo)

Selected guests and representatives participate in the kagami-biraki ceremony of opening sake barrels during celebrations held to commemorate the opening of Micronesia’s new embassy building. | Mariangeles Dejean

Jamaican Ambassador Shorna-Kay Richards joins Bon dance performers at a special event at the FCCJ to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day. | Embassy of Jamaica

A launching ceremony for Malvern College Tokyo is held at the British Embassy on Feb. 2. It attracted about 150 guests and was hosted by founding Headmaster Mike Spencer (left) and British Ambassador Julia Longbottom (front). | British Embassy Tokyo

Princess Takamado (center), who spoke about netsuke on Feb. 8 at the Tokyo American Club, stands with (from left) TAC Talk Chair Simon Farrell, Library Manager Drew Damron, Coordinator Miki Ohyama and Second Vice President Dean Rogers. | TOKYO AMERICAN CLUB

The Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan organized a luncheon on Jan. 25 in honor of first lady Yuko Kishida (front, center left). Beside her is the president of SWAAJ, Tunisia’s Houda Elloumi. With them are Palestinian, Lebanese, Bahraini, U.A.E., Egyptian, Algerian, Kuwaiti and Libyan members. | Miki Oshita

Ambassadors, politicians and high school students attend the International Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony held in Fukuyama on Jan. 27. | Fukuyama prefecture

The prime ministers of Greece and Japan, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Fumio Kishida, hold a summit meeting in Tokyo on Jan 30. | Embassy of Greece

Bolivian Charge d’Affaires Natalia Salazar meets with the director of the Foreign Ministry’s South America Division, Shogo Toyota, at an event celebrating the 14th anniversary of the foundation of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. | Credits: Embassy of Bolivia

Panamanian Ambassador Carlos Pere meets with senior researcher Masanori Kobayashi of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation to discuss its participation in the Our Ocean conference in Panama this March. | Embassy of Panama

South African Ambassador Lulama Smuts Ngonyama (center) and the chambers of commerce in Japan of Britain, Canada, France, Ireland and South Africa mark rugby’s 200th anniversary on Feb. 1 at a Tokyo hotel. | FRANCOIS DE VILLIERS (SACCJ)

Jarman International holds an exclusive tour at the brewery Kikkawa Jozo in Kanagawa Prefecture, where visitors with diverse backgrounds including South Africa and Norway learned about the deep world of Japanese sake. | Jarman International

Irish Ambassador Damien Cole (back row, second from left) stands with Irish Network Japan Chairman Emmet Bowen and members of the Taka Hayashi Irish Dance Academy at the launch of the Japan St. Patrick’s Day Programme 2023 on Feb. 10. | Embassy of Ireland

The annual Miss Viviana Japan pageant, dedicated to female entrepreneurs and other businesswomen, is held on Feb. 2. Minami Mizukawa, the organization’s CEO, trained over 30 contestants for this competition. | Yoshifumi Tatebayashi

Gov. Maria Teresa Jimenez of Mexico’s Aguascalientes state meets with Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa. Both regions have worked since 2014 to promote bilateral business. At left is Melba Pria, the Mexican ambassador to Japan. | Embassy of Mexico

Ambassador Aleksandra Kovac of Serbia meets with Assistant Minister for European Affairs Masashi Nakagome on Feb. 8 to discuss the further promotion of dialogue and cooperation between Serbia and Japan. | Embassy of Serbia

At Haneda Airport, Cuban Ambassador Miguel A. Ramirez (standing behind the flag) receives the Cuban baseball team that will train in Okinawa for the World Baseball Classic 2023 in Taiwan. | Embassy of Cuba

The first Indonesia Japan Friendship Day, featuring a Balinese shadow puppet performance, is held in Hamamatsu to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Japan relations. Similar events will be held in 13 cities. | Embassy of Indonesia

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