July 15, 2022


Employees from MacDermid Performance Solutions Japan K.K., under the guidance of the NPO Playground of Hope, repainted aging play structures used by neighborhood children at Shindo Otsukayama Park in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. | Julian Bashore

Ethiopian Ambassador Tefera Derbew Yimam (center) stands for the presentation of credentials with embassy diplomats — from left , Solomon Yimer, Marta Abera, Chala Lemi, Yohannes Woldegiorgis and Fozia Tahir — in Tokyo on June 24. | Embassy of Ethiopia

After 12 years in Japan, three of them as ambassador of Colombia, Santiago Pardo holds a reception for friends of Colombia in Japan upon his departure. | @herseyshiga for Embassy of Colombia

Canadian rock star Randy Bachman (left) is reunited with his long-lost favorite guitar, which Japanese musician Takeshi (right) had bought at a used guitar shop, in Tokyo on Canada Day, July 1. | @herseyshiga for Embassy of Canada

The minister for World Expo 2025, Kenji Wakamiya, speaks at an event organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tokyo on July 1 on the occasion of the handover of the presidency of the Council of the European Union to the Czech Republic. | Embassy of Czech Republic

At the publishing event for Erno Rubik’s Japanese autobiography, which is recommended summer reading for high school students. From left: Yoko Kubo, translator of the book, Akira Ikegami, journalist and event emcee, and Hungarian Ambassador Norbert Palanovics. | Embassy of Hungary

Staffers at the Embassy of Mexico in Japan celebrate and show their support for LGBT+ Pride Day, June 28, with a group photo. Mexican Ambassador Melba Pria is third from right. | Embassy of Mexico

Representatives of the Bolivian Embassy in Japan participate in a Spanish course for kids at the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo. They demonstrated musical instruments and shared the cultural and musical diversity of Bolivia. | Embassy of Bolivia

Cuban Ambassador Miguel A. Ramirez (front right) participates in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (center) along with other representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean. | Embassy of Cuba

Serbian Ambassador Aleksandra Kovac meets with Archbishop Seraphim of Sendai on June 28 during a visit to the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Sendai. | Embassy of Serbia

Almost three years after the pandemic made in-person events difficult, the “Czech Business & Culture Networking Event” was held on June 29 at the Czech Embassy in Tokyo with almost 100 guests. The event was organized by the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan with the support of the Czech Embassy. | CCCIJ

Lithuania celebrates Statehood Day on July 6, which marks the coronation of Lithuanian King Mindaugas in 1253. Lithuanian communities around the world sang the anthem of Lithuania together. | Embassy of Lithuania

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