January 30, 2023


Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi welcomes students from the nearby school Aiiku Gakuen, for children in need of special care, in the Christmas area of its lobby. The kids enjoyed the festive area and activities such as a surprise visit by Santa Claus. | Grand Hyatt

The Japan Friendship Golf Club comes together for a day of golf in Chiba to celebrate the holidays. They gather every month to build relations among golf enthusiasts from Japan and overseas. | Sonny Tolentino

Panamanian Ambassador Carlos Pere and his wife, Elizabeth Heurtematte, attend the reception for the National Day of the State of Qatar on Dec. 14 at the invitation of Ambassador Hassan bin Mohammed Rafei al-Emadi. | Embassy of Panama

From the mission control room at JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center, Ambassador Heri Akhmadi (front center) witnessed the release of Surya Satellite-1 (SS-1), developed by Indonesian students. | Embassy of Indonesia/ KBRI Tokyo

Nordic Christmas Gala, the largest event in Japan celebrating Nordic culture, was held on Dec. 8 at Meguro Gajoen in Tokyo. At left is Martin Koos, general manager of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, and at right is Antti Kunnas, executive director of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan. | DCCJ

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan marks the new year on Jan. 18. President Om Prakash and Executive Director Laura Younger (third and sixth from left) stand with the U.S. Embassy’s Charge Raymond Greene (second from left), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Ken Kobayashi (fourth from left), Japan-U.S. Business Council Chairman Jun Sawada (third from right) and other guests. | Life.14

The ambassador of Cuba, Miguel A. Ramirez, and his wife, Rosa M. Alvarez, are received at the headquarters of the Min-On Concert Association, which promotes international music and performing arts exchanges, by its president, Kazuto Ito (standing, third from right). | Min-On Concert

Charge d’Affaires Natalia Salazar shares the meaning of the Bolivian traditional festival Alasita at a concert that the Japanese artist Takaatsu Kinoshita offered in tribute to the Ekeko (a figure that symbolizes abundance and prosperity) in the Kanagawa city of Hadano. | Embassy of Bolivia

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