July 22, 2017


July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

French Ambassador Laurent Pic (center) makes a toast with Nobuteru Ishihara, minister of economic revitalization and chairman of the Japan-France Friendship Group (left), and Japan Foundation President Hiroyasu Ando during a reception at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 15, 2017


July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

Thirteen-year-old Briton Gracie Starkey receives a framed copy of her winning poem in the English haiku category (“Freshly mown grass/ clinging to my shoes/ my muddled thoughts”) from Itoen President Daisuke Honjo at the 28th Itoen Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest at Imperial Hotel Tokyo on July 6. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 8, 2017


July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

Canadian Ambassador Ian Burney (center) poses with Nobuteru Ishihara (left), minister in charge of economic revitalization, and Kiyoshi Odawara, parliamentary vice-minister of foreign affairs, during a reception to mark Canada Day in Tokyo on June 30. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 1, 2017


July 1, 2017

July 1, 2017

Panama Ambassador Ritter Diaz (back row, second from right) poses with (clockwise from back row, far left) David De Leon, economic counselor at the Panama Embassy; Ayana Hatada, wife of the Panama ambassador; Estrella Teng, wife of the economic counselor; various children; Samuel Guevara, chief of Segumar Office in Tokyo; and Adriana Nunez, Guevara’s wife, during an event celebrating Panama Day at JICA Global Plaza in Ichigaya, Shinjuku Ward, on June 25. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 24, 2017


June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017

A barrel of sake is broken by guests at Japanese Sake Fair 2017 at Ikebukuro Sunshine City on June 16. Participants are (from left) National Research Institute of Brewing President Nami Goto; Norio Yamana, deputy commissioner of the Commissioner’s Secretariat at the National Tax Agency; Shigeyuki Shinohara, chairman of the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association; Liberian Ambassador Youngor Sevelee Telewada; Marshall Islands Ambassador Tom Kijiner; and Yoshinori Ohsumi, honorary professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 17, 2017


June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017

Swedish Ambassador Magnus Robach (left) chats with EU Ambassador Viorel Isticioaia-Budura during a reception to celebrate Sweden’s National Day at Robach’s residence in Tokyo on June 6. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 13, 2017


June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

From left: Japan Times Managing Editor Sayuri Daimon; Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki; Japan Times President Takeharu Tsutsumi; Japan Times Chairwoman Yukiko Ogasawara; and Japan Times columnist Yoichi Funabashi pose for a photo during a reception to celebrate the newspaper’s 120th anniversary at the International House of Japan in Roppongi on June 9. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 9, 2017


June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

Bulgarian Rose Cultural Association President Fumie Yamashita (left) greets Bulgarian Ambassador Borislav Kostov (center) and his wife, Manya (right), during the Third Rose Day Charity Party at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on June 2. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 8, 2017


June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017

Georgian Ambassador Levan Tsintsadze (second from left) and the Official Visi of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to Japan Mikheil Janelidze raises a toast alongside Lower House members Akira Sato (left) and Motome Takizawa (right), parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs, during a reception to celebrate Georgia’s Independence Day and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Japan at Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on June 1. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 3, 2017


June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017

Azerbaijan Ambassador Gursel Ismayilzada (right) and his wife, Rana, welcome Japan-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Friendship League Chairman Akira Amari during a reception at Hotel Okura Tokyo on May 25 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Azerbaijan. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 27, 2017


May 27, 2017

May 27, 2017

Ayman R. Al-Mufleh (center, fifth from right), secretary-general of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, stands next to his wife, Loubna Bedair, at the Jordanian ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on May 21 to celebrate Jordan’s Independence Day with Jordan Ambassador to Japan Demiye Haddad (right) and the ambassador’s wife, Shifa (third from left), as well as Japanese members of nongovernment organizations who have been supporting refugees in Jordan. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 20, 2017


May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017

Princess Takamado (right), honorary president of the “Japan through Diplomats’ Eyes” exhibition, shows one of her artworks to (from right) Luxembourg Ambassador and Executive Committee Chairman Beatrice Kirsch; Upper House member and head of the jury Hirofumi Nakasone; Venezuela Ambassador and Executive Committee member Seiko Ishikawa; and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. Chairman Haruo Murase at Canon Open Gallery in Tokyo on May 11. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 19, 2017


May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

Thai actor James Jirayu (center), goodwill ambassador for the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Japan, poses alongside (from left) Thai Ambassador to Japan Bansarn Bunnag, Deputy Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn and Thai Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat at the 18th Thai Festival 2017 at Yoyogi Park, Shibuya Ward, on May 13. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 13, 2017


May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017

EU Ambassador Viorel Isticioaia-Budura (right) greets Nobuteru Ishihara, minister in charge of economic revitalization and chairman of the EU-Japan Parliamentary League of Friendship, during a reception to mark Europe Day in Tokyo on May 9. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 5, 2017


May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

Toast masters: Royce Kuzwayo (center), charge d’affaires of the Republic of South Africa raises his glass with Shunsuke Takei (left), parliamentary vice-minister for Foreign Affairs, and Asahiko Mihara (right), acting chairperson of the Japan-African Union Parliamentary Friendship Association, during a reception celebrating South Africa’s Freedom Day at Hotel Okura Tokyo on April 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 4, 2017


May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

Ambassadors and ambassador’s wives from Tonga, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, Romania, Lithania, Portugal, Croatia, South Africa, Thailand and Denmark participated in the 17th Annual World Gardening Fair in Hotel Okura Tokyo on May 2. Princess Takamado (center) poses with participants at the opening ceremony. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 29, 2017


April 29, 2017

April 29, 2017

Sixteen participants from 15 embassies and organizers pose for a photo after the contest at Tokyo’s Akasaka Kumin Center on April 22 . | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 22, 2017


April 22, 2017

April 22, 2017

President of the Association of Wives of African Ambassadors in Japan (AWAAJ) Alice Parker-Allotey of Ghana speaks at the organization’s sixth annual Charity Dinner Dance. The AWAAJ is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-religious organization that aims to showcase African cultural heritage to Japanese people and others residing in Japan, as well as raise funds for various charities. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 15, 2017


April 15, 2017

April 15, 2017

India’s Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy shakes hands with Miss World Japan 2016 Priyanka Yoshikawa during a “Hanami Lunch on Chidorigafuchi” cherry-blossom viewing event near the Indian embassy in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on April 3. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 13, 2017


April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017

Colombian Ambassador Gabriel Duque (left) and Slovenian Ambassador Simona Leskovar speak on the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, explaining the “Lend your leg” campaign that encourages people worldwide through the symbolic gesture of rolling up a pant leg or a sleeve to raise awareness of the damage land mines still cause, while showing solidarity with all survivors of land mines and other explosive remnants of war. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 12, 2017


April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017

Bangladesh’s Ambassador Rabab Fatima (center), Secretary-General of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentarians’ League Ichiro Tsukada (left) and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi cut a cake during a reception to celebrate the 46th anniversary of independence and the national day of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at the Hotel Okura, Tokyo, on March 28. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 6, 2017


April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017

Tunisia’s Ambassador Kais Darragi (center) joins hands with Japan Tunisia Parliamentary Committee Secretary-General Yasuhide Yamanaka and Chairman of the committee and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi at a reception to celebrate the country’s 61st independence anniversary at the Hotel Okura, Tokyo, on March 24. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 4, 2017


April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

Pakistan’s Ambassador Farukh Amil (second from right) joins hands with (from left) House of Councillors member Antonio Inoki, Komeito President Natsuo Yamaguchi, Japan-Pakistan Parliamentarians’ Friendship League President Seishiro Eto and Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Motome Takizawa during a reception to celebrate Pakistan national day and the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan at the Hotel Okura, Tokyo, on March 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


March 25, 2017


March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

Diet members and several heads of mission of Latin American and Caribbean states, join hands during a friendly get-together at the Residence of Ambassadors in Nakameguro, Tokyo, on March 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


March 18, 2017


March 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

Attendees and exhibitors, including British Ambassador Paul Madden, CMG, and his wife Sarah, pose in front of the Britain and Northern Ireland booth at the Foodex Japan 2017 opening ceremony at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture on March 7. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


March 11, 2017


March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017

From left: President of Ikebana International Junko Katano; Tokyo Founding Chapter President Noriko Kira; Madagascar’s Charge d’ Affaires a.i. Rosette Rasoamanarivo; and Yuko Kishida, wife of Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, pose at the opening ceremony of an Ikebana Exhibition held by Tokyo Founding Chapter members at the Madagascar embassy in Tokyo on March 3. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


March 4, 2017


March 4, 2017

March 4, 2017

Princess Takamado (left) poses with her daughter Princess Ayako (right) and Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi at the Kakushokaku building in Yokohama’s Sankeien Garden during an opening ceremony on Feb. 28 for “Gleam of Birds III,” an exhibition that runs through March 6 featuring 54 bird photographs taken by Princess Takamado. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


February 25, 2017


February 25, 2017

February 25, 2017

Iran’s Ambassador Reza Nazar Ahari (left) welcomes Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda during a reception celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran at the embassy on Feb. 9. | EMBASSY OF IRAN


February 18, 2017


February 18, 2017

February 18, 2017

Cambodia’s first J. League soccer player Chan Vathanaka (left) and Jun Koyama (right), president of Shizuoka Prefecture’s Fujieda MYFC, pose during a visit with Cambodia’s Ambassador Chea Kimtha at the embassy in Tokyo on Feb. 13. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


February 11, 2017


February 11, 2017

February 11, 2017

Gold Award-winner Xavier Dorison (France, front row, center) poses with (from front left) President of the Jury Machiko Satonaka; Silver Award winners Roberto Ricci and Laura Iorio (Italy); Silver Award-winner Han Zuzheng (China); Silver Award winner Can Tieu Hy (Vietnam); and the host, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kiyoshi Odawara, at the 10th Japan International Manga Award ceremony at Meiji University’s Surugadai Campus on Feb. 6. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


February 4, 2017


February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

Hungary’s Ambassador Norbert Palanovics (left) prepares for a ceremonial sake barrel opening with (from left) All Japan Chefs Association President Toshi Utsunomiya; Suzuki Motor Corp. President and CEO Toshihiro Suzuki; Japan Hungary Friendship Association Chairman Shinichi Nabekura; and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda during the ambassador’s official welcome reception at the embassy in Tokyo on Jan. 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


January 28, 2017


January 28, 2017

January 28, 2017

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike (center), Guatemala’s Ambassador Angela Maria de Lourdes Chavez Bietti (left) and Tonga’s Ambassador Tania Laumanulupe’o Talafolika Tupou (right) demonstrate furoshiki tsutsumi (Japanese cloth wrapping) during a “Tokyo Ambassadors Night” reception at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo on Jan. 25. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


January 21, 2017


January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017

French Ambassador Thierry Dana (center) is joined by, from left, President of Club de la Galette des Rois Susumu Shimada; Mayor of Niigata Akira Shinoda; essayist Francoise Morechand; and Galette des Rois Ambassador and three-time Olympic gold-medal winner judoka Tadahiro Nomura in cutting a huge galette des rois (king cake) during an event to celebrate the new year and Epiphany at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Jan. 17. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


January 14, 2017


January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

Panama’s Ambassador Ritter Diaz (second from left) and his wife Ayana Hatada Diaz (right) share a toast with Father Arturo Martin (left) and the Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau Yasushi Takase during a reception to celebrate the relocation of the Embassy of the Republic of Panama to the Samon Building in Higashi-Azabu, Minato Ward in Tokyo on Jan. 10. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 31, 2016


December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016

From left, Nicararagua’s Ambassador, Saul Arana Castellon; Cuba’s Ambassador Carlos M. Pereira; Venezuela’s Ambassador Seiko Ishikawa; Ecuador’s Ambassador Leonardo Carrion; and Bolivia’s Charge d’Affaires a.i. Angela Ayllon join hands during a reception to celebrate of the 12th anniversary of the foundation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America at the Latin American Salon, in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Dec. 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 24, 2016


December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

Kenya’s Ambassador Solomon Karanja Maina (center) prepares for a toast with, from left, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General for African Affairs Department Norio Maruyama; Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda; Mizuho Bank Ltd. President and CEO Nobuhide Hayashi; and Chairman of the Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship Association Ichiro Aisawa during a reception to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Kenya’s independence at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on Dec. 12. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 17, 2016


December 17, 2016

December 17, 2016

From left: Director-General for Cultural Affairs Makita Shimokawa; wife of Peruvian ambassador and 2016 fair Chairperson Cristina Escala; and President of Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter Noriko Kira cut the ribbon to kick off the 2016 Ikebana International Fair The Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter held its annual charity bazaar at the Royal Park Hotel on Dec. 5. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 10, 2016


December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

From left: Chang-Liang Weng, deputy minister of the Council of Agriculture Executive Yuan; Frank C. T. Hsieh, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan; and Toshiro Shirasu, president of the Japan Fisheries Association hold up pieces of Taiwanese grouper at a promotional event at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan on Dec. 5. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 3, 2016


December 3, 2016

December 3, 2016

Kumiko Meric (second from right), the wife of Turkey’s ambassador to Japan, and Japan-Turkish Womens Club members pose with people in traditional Turkish folk costumes at a celebration of Turkish culture, organized by the Japan-Turkish Womens Club, at Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo on Nov. 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 26, 2016


November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016

Sixty children from Tokyo’s Nishimachi International pose with Grand Hyatt Tokyo General Manager Steve Dewire (back row, fifth from left); Kids Earth Fund Founder Harumi Torii (back row, fourth from right); Marie Seino, chief director of the Re Kikou non-profit organization (back row, third from right); and hotel staff at the opening ceremony of the hotel’s “Wish upon a Star” charity program, which supports children in the disaster-hit Tohoku region. The day included making Christmas ornaments and a flash mob dance performance at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo on Nov. 16. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 19, 2016


November 19, 2016

November 19, 2016

Angolan Ambassador Joao Miguel Vahekeni (center) prepares for a ceremonial cake cutting with Yumiko Akiyama (left), lead researcher of the Japan Institute of Community Social Work, and Manlio Cadelo, San Marino’s ambassador and dean of the Diplomatic Corps, during a reception to celebrate of the 41st anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Angola at the Palace Hotel Tokyo on Nov. 11. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 12, 2016


November 12, 2016

November 12, 2016

Ambassador of The Federated States of Micronesia John Fritz (left) and his wife Momoe pose with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kiyoshi Odawara during a reception celebrating the 30th anniversary of Micronesia’s Independence Day, the 28th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan and the 25th anniversary of U.N. membership at the Hotel New Otani on Nov. 2. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 5, 2016


November 5, 2016

November 5, 2016

Turkey’s Ambassador Bulent Meric (left) and his wife Kumiko (right) pose with first lady Akie Abe during a reception to celebrate the 93rd Turkish National Day at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Oct. 28. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 29, 2016


October 29, 2016

October 29, 2016

From left, Fulbright Alumni Association of Japan President Chitoo Bunno poses with Vice Chief Director of the Totsuka Country Club and Prime Minister’s cup winner Ko Matsumoto; Suwa Co. President and U.S. Ambassador’s Plaque winner Yasuo Ishii; and U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Minister Counselor, Margot Carrington following the 40th Japan-U.S. Fulbright Charity Golf Tournament, at the Totsuka Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture on Oct. 24. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 22, 2016


October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016

Uganda’s Ambassador Betty Grace Akech-Okullo (right) shares a toast with Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and House of Representatives member Shunsuke Takei at a reception to celebrate the country’s 54th anniversary of independence at the Hotel Okura, Tokyo, on Oct. 9. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 15, 2016


October 15, 2016

October 15, 2016

Exhibition participants and organizers (front row, from left) Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Luxembourg’s Ambassador Beatrice Kirsch; Macedonia’s Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovikj; Head of the Jury Hirofumi Nakasone; Honorary President Princess Takamado; Pierre Worlf, spouse of Guatemala’s ambassador; Germany’s Ambasador, and Ambassador’s Prize winner, Hans Carl von Werthern; and Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kaoru Shimazaki are joined by jury special mention winners and committee members at Roppongi Hills on Oct. 4. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 8, 2016


October 8, 2016

October 8, 2016

Bulgaria’s Ambassador Georgi Vassilev (right) receives a sakura print from Toshimitsu Motegi, chairman of Japan-Bulgaria Parliamentary Friendship League and Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council, during a farewell reception for Vassilev at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Sept. 29. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 1, 2016


October 1, 2016

October 1, 2016

Tajikistan’s Ambassador Hamrokhon Zarifi (second from left) welcomes, from left, Hitoshi Kikuchi, member of The House of Representatives and the Japan-Tajikistan Parliamentary Friendship League; Masahiro Imamura, reconstruction minister for disaster-hit regions; and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Motome Takisawa during a reception to celebrate the Republic of Tajikistan’s 25th Anniversary of Independence at the Okura Hotel, Tokyo on Sept. 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 24, 2016


September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016

Nine Argentine designers pose with Argentina’s Ambassador Alan Beraud (front row, fourth from right) and Second Secretary, Economic Commercial Affairs Department, Ivan da Ponte (left) at a cocktail party for the “Rooms” fashion and design trade show (Sept. 14-16) at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Sept. 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 17, 2016


September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

New York cake designer and pastry chef Sylvia Weinstock (right) poses with Suzette Co. Ltd. President Goki Arita (center) and pastry chef Takahiro Komai at a press conference announcing the launch of a new brand, Henri & Sylvia, under Suzette’s Henri Charpentier line, at Ginza Maison Henri Charpentier on Sept. 7. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 10, 2016


September 10, 2016

September 10, 2016

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Coung (center) and his wife Hoang Thi Minh Ha welcome Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party and Chairman of the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship League Toshihiro Nikai during a reception celebrating the 71st Anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day at the embassy in Tokyo on August 31. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 3, 2016


September 3, 2016

September 3, 2016

Indonesian Ambassador Yusron Ihza Mahendra (second from left) and his wife Lusiana (left) share a toast with Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (center), former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Japan-Indonesia Association Yasuo Fukuda (right) and his wife Kiyoko during a reception to celebrate the country’s 71st Independence Day Anniversary at the New Otani Hotel, Tokyo on Aug. 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


August 20, 2016


August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016

Toki Shimizu (center), who has devoted her life to international exchanges through kimono, celebrated her 94th birthday with a diplomatic choir made up representatives of 14 overseas countries (Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador, Finland, Indonesia, Mexico, Micronesia, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yemen) and other guests at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on August 11. | HISASHI MIYAKAWA


August 6, 2016


August 6, 2016

August 6, 2016

Peruvian Ambassador Elard Escala (second from right), and his wife, Cristina (center) welcome, from left, Hiroyuki Maekawa, president of the Japan-Peru Association; Keiichi Koshimizu, parliamentary vice minister of internal affairs and communications; and Toru Shiraishi, parliamentary vice minister of the environment and Cabinet office, during a reception celebrating the 195th anniversary of Peruvian Independence Day and the food festival “Pisco of Honor & Oishii Peru” at the embassy in Tokyo on July 28. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 30, 2016


July 30, 2016

July 30, 2016

Simmons Co. President Masafumi Ito poses next to Simmons’ new “Gran Pillow Top” from the “Beautyrest Luxe” series an event introducing Simmons’ 2016-17 lineup at the Tokyo American Club on July 20. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 23, 2016


July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016

Argentine Ambassador Alan Beraud (second from left) and Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra (second from right) prepare for a toast with, from left, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoji Muto and Secretary-General of the Japan-Argentina Parliamentary Friendship League Yukari Sato during a reception celebrating the Bicentennial of Argentine Independence Day at the Hotel Okura, Tokyo on July 15. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 16, 2016


July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016

Counsellor and DCM of the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia Mohamed Elloumi (second from left) and his wife Houda (second from right) are joined by Tunisian Ambassador Kais Darragi (right) and his wife Wided (left) during a farewell party for Elloumi at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on July 11. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 9, 2016


July 9, 2016

July 9, 2016

Rwandan Ambassador Venetia Sebudandi (second from right) prepares for a toast with, from left, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for foreign Affairs Masakazu Hamachi; Specialty Coffee Association of Japan President Shinji Sekine; and State Minister of Finance and Secretary-General of the Japan-Rwanda Parliamentary League of Friendship Manabu Sakai during a reception to celebrate the country’s Liberation Day and Independence Day at the Toshi Center Hotel, in Tokyo on July 4. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 2, 2016


July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016

Madagascar Charge d’ Affaires a.i. Rosette Rasoamanarivo (third from left) and her spouse Michael Rajoharimanana (fourth from left) are joined by, from left, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General for African Affairs and Ambassador Norio Maruyama; Djibouti Ambassador Ahmed Araita Ali; Ministry of Foreign Affairs TICAD Ambassador Junzo Fujita; General Delegate of the Government of Quebec to Tokyo Claire Deronzier; Japanese Ambassador to Madagascar Ichiro Ogasawara; and JICA Africa Department Director-General Hideo Eguchi, in a cake-cutting ceremony during a reception to celebrate the country’s 56th Independence Day at the embassy on June 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 25, 2016


June 25, 2016

June 25, 2016

French Ambassador Thierry Dana (center), Reconstruction Minister, Minister in charge of Revival from the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima Tsuyoshi Takagi (left) and Fukushima Prefecture Gov. Masao Uchibori hold fresh produce from the prefecture at a press conference before the “DINER D’AMITIE FRANCE FUKUSHIMA” (France-Fukushima friendship dinner), which aims to revitalize the region. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 18, 2016


June 18, 2016

June 18, 2016

Front (from left): Senen M. Perlada, director of the export marketing bureau, Department of Trade & Industry, Philippines; Haruko Komura, president of The Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society; Maria Teresa Lopez, the ambassador’s wife; Philippine Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez; Masataka Fujita, secretary-general of the ASEAN-Japan Centre; Shiro Aoki, executive director and COO of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion are joined by ten leading Philippine home and fashion designers at the opening ceremony of the “Philippine Design Exhibition: Exclusively by Hand” event, which runs through June 30, at GOOD DESIGN Marunouchi, on June 12. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 11, 2016


June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016

Imam and Director of the Tokyo Camii and Turkish Culture Center Muhammed Rasit Alas (left) and Junichi Watanabe (right), director general of the Tokyo office of the Kumamoto Prefectural Government, are joined by Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Bulent Meric as the center presents the prefecture with a ¥794,992 donation, raised from the proceeds of a Kumamoto earthquake reconstruction charity bazaar, at the Turkish Embassy in Tokyo on June 2. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 4, 2016


June 4, 2016

June 4, 2016

Georgian Ambassador Levan Tsintsadze (left) shares a drink with former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (center) and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masakazu Hamachi during a reception to celebrate the country’s Independence Day at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on May 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 30, 2016


May 30, 2016

May 30, 2016

Shen Ssu-tsun (third from right), representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, and his wife, Enid (second from right) welcome (from left), Secretary-General of the Democratic Party Yukio Edano; former State Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi; Chairman of the Interchange Association, Japan Mitsuo Ohashi; and Ko So-min, member of Taiwan’s Executive Yuan Overseas Community Affairs Council, during a reception to celebrate the assumption of office of the 14th President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, and Vice President Chen Chien-jin at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Tokyo on May 20. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 21, 2016


May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai (sixth from left) and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara shake hands during 17th Thai Festival opening ceremony at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on May 14. Also present for the celebration of Thai food, drink, dance, music, culture and events were Thai Ambassador Bansarn Bunnag (fifth from left), Thai Minister of Industry Atchaka Sibunruang (fifth from right) and other supporters. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 14, 2016


May 14, 2016

May 14, 2016

Designer Anna Sui (center) poses with Hiroshi Ohnishi (left), president and CEO of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., and Masaaki Takano, Isetan Shinjuku managing executive officer and general manager, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the designer entering the Japan market during the opening ceremony of the “ANNA SUI PARTY,” at the Isetan Shinjuku Main Store on May 4. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 7, 2016


May 7, 2016

May 7, 2016

Kyoto-based American artist Daniel Kelly (right) poses with Heinrich Grafe, general manager of Conrad Tokyo, at the opening April 27 of “Daniel Kelly’s Golden Touch,” an exhibition of prints and paintings being held at the hotel until May 8 with the help of The Tolman Collection art gallery. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 30, 2016


April 30, 2016

April 30, 2016

British Minister of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice (third from right) poses with suppliers representing, from left, Tiny Rebel beer; The British Bottle Company wine; Macallan whisky; Perry’s cider; and Sipsmith & Fever-tree gin and tonic, at a “Food is GREAT,” pop-up bar at the British embassy in Tokyo on April 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 23, 2016


April 23, 2016

April 23, 2016

(From left) Exhibitors from Kyoto, ceramist Masatake Fukumori and Murasakino Wakuden President Aya Kuwamura, share a toast with Managing Executive Officer and General Manager of the Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Store, Yoji Naka, at an opening ceremony for the “Wakuden, Work & Pleasure” exhibition, which runs until May 10, at Gallery Life Mining in the Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Store on April 13. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 16, 2016


April 16, 2016

April 16, 2016

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault (center) is joined by, from left, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan President Bernard Delmas; French Ambassador Thierry Dana; DS Ambassador Terry Ito; and Managing Executive Officer and Store Manager of the Isetan Shinjuku Main department store Masaaki Takano at the ribbon cutting for Mitsukoshi Isetan Holdings’ “Bonjour France, French Week” event at the Isetan Shinjuku Main store on April 12. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 9, 2016


April 9, 2016

April 9, 2016

Argentine Ambassador Raul Dejean (second from right) is flanked by his wife Teresa (right) and daughter Mariangeles (second from left) as he speaks at a farewell reception at the ambassador’s residence on March 30. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 2, 2016


April 2, 2016

April 2, 2016

Pakistan Ambassador Farukh Amil (second from left) shakes hands with, from left, House of Councillors member Antonio Inoki; President of the Japan-Pakistan Parliamentarians’ Friendship League Seishiro Eto; and judoka Shah Hussain, a Tsukuba University student and a member of the Pakistan National Judo Team, during a reception to celebrate the country’s National Day at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo on March 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


March 26, 2016


March 26, 2016

March 26, 2016

Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitiene (center) poses with Vice Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Hiromichi Matsushima (right) and Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Meilunas at a presentation promoting Lithuanian agriculture and food products at the Lithuanian Embassy in Tokyo on March 8. | LITHUANIA EMBASSY


March 19, 2016


March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

From left, Japan Tea Association Senior Managing Director Shinichi Inada; Sri Lanka Ambassador Dammika Ganganath Disanayake; Director (Promotion) of the Sri Lanka Tea Board Premala Srikantha; and freelance announcer Anton Wicky pose at a Sri Lanka-Japan tea trade dinner at Happo-en in Tokyo on March 11. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


March 12, 2016


March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016

Reconstruction minister Tsuyoshi Takagi (third from left) shakes hands with the Speaker of the Lithuanian parliament Loreta Grauziniene at a reception in her honor at the Lithuanian Embassy on March 2. They were joined by (from left) Andrius Kubilius, former Lithuanian prime minister; Egidijus Meilunas, ambassador of Lithuania; Gediminas Kirkilas, former Lithuanian prime minister; Lithuanian parliament members Irena Siauliene and Dangute Mikutiene; and Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis. | LITHUANIAN EMBASSY


March 5, 2016


March 5, 2016

March 5, 2016

Irish Ambassador Anne Barrington (back row, center) poses with Declan Somers (back, left), chairperson of the Irish Network Japan Tokyo; Yoshihiro Tsuchiya (back, right), vice president of the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of the I Love Ireland Festival 2016 Committee; members of the Irish music group O’Jizo; and hammered dulcimer player MiMi (front row, second from left), at a press conference announcing St. Patrick’s Day events at the Japan National Press Club on Feb. 24. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


February 27, 2016


February 27, 2016

February 27, 2016

Rudina Bukoshi, Kosovo embassy charge d’affaires a.i. (second from right) joins, from left, Ryu Shionoya, chairman of the Kosovo-Japan Friendship Parliamentary Association; Micky Haxhiislami, chairman of the Japan-Kosovo friendship Association; and Seishiro Eto, member of the Kosovo-Japan Friendship Parliamentary Association during a reception to celebrate the country’s National Day at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on Feb. 17. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


February 20, 2016


February 20, 2016

February 20, 2016

The Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of Missions in Japan (SWAAJ) hosted a luncheon in honor of Akie Abe (center), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, at the Oman ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Feb. 9. Abe was joined by SWAAJ President, Jamila Al-Suwaidi (Qatar, fifth from left); Vice President Maali Siam (Palestine, fifth from right); and (from left) Maha Mohamed (Sudan); Utako Arrour (Morocco); Keiko Shimazaki, wife of the Foreign Ministry’s Chief of Protocol; Abeer Aisha (Oman); Jamilah Al-Otaibi (Kuwait); Shifa Haddad (Jordan); Wided Darragi (Tunisia), and Jamila Al-Gunaid (Yemen). During the luncheon, Abe was treated to a fashion show, where models wore traditional clothing from the Arab world. | MIKI OSHITA


February 13, 2016


February 13, 2016

February 13, 2016

Sri Lanka Ambassador Dammika Ganganath Disanayake lights a traditional oil lamp during an event celebrating the 68th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, at Kotani Hall, Reiyukai in Tokyo on Feb. 4. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


February 6, 2016


February 6, 2016

February 6, 2016

Pakistan Ambassador Farukh Amil (fifth from right) welcomes Akie Abe (sixth from right), the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the chief guest to a “Peace and Interfaith” event, along with (from right) Buddhist Priest Yoshida Nikko, Catholic Priest Mukengeshayi Matata, Shinto Priest Haruki Shinya, Imam Muhammad Rasit Alas, Fushimi Hiroaki, Antonio Inoki, Makototo Oniki, members of the public and students from Aoyama Gakuin and the International School of the Sacred Heart. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


January 30, 2016


January 30, 2016

January 30, 2016

Myanmar Ambassador Thurain Thant Zin (center) is joined by, from left, Chairman of the Japan-Myanmar Parliamentary Friendship League Ichiro Aisawa; Foreign Minister of Myanmar Wunna Maung Lwin and his wife Lynn Lynn Tin; Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoji Muto; House of Representatives member Kozo Yamamoto; and the ambassador’s wife, Khin Soe Naung, for a toast at a celebration for the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Myanmar, as well as the opening of a new embassy building, at the embassy in Tokyo on Jan. 25. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


January 23, 2016


January 23, 2016

January 23, 2016

French Ambassador Thierry Dana (center) is joined by, from left, President of Club de la Galette des Rois Susumu Shimada; House of Representatives member Yuriko Koike; House of Councilors member Akiko Santo; TV presenter and author Eriko Kusuta; Japan National Rugby Team member and Galette des Rois Ambassador Hitoshi Ono; Philippe Bigot, Honorary member of Club de la Galette des Rois in cutting a huge galette des rois (king cake) during an event to celebrate the new year and Epiphany at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on Jan. 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


January 16, 2016


January 16, 2016

January 16, 2016

Koichi Saura (right), president of Saura Co. and chairman of the sake sales promotion committee of the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, along with representatives of the sake industry and committee members, share a toast to kick off an event featuring sake tasting, cooking and education for about 100 twenty-year-olds celebrating Coming-of-Age Day. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 26, 2015


December 26, 2015

December 26, 2015

Belgian Ambassador Gunther Sleeuwagen (center) joins State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoji Muto (left) and Secretary-General of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dirk Achten at a reception celebrating 150 years of friendship between Belgium and Japan at the embassy in Tokyo on Dec. 15. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 19, 2015


December 19, 2015

December 19, 2015

Kazakhstan Ambassador Akylbek Kamaldinov (second from right) and his wife, Olga (second from left) raise their glasses with Aiko Shimajiri, state minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, minister in charge of science and technology, space policy and territorial issues (left) and Michihiko Ota, co-chairman of the Japan-Kazakhstan Economic Committee and vice chairman of Marubeni Corp., during a reception celebrating the country’s Independence Day at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on Dec. 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 12, 2016


December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016

Romanian Ambassador Radu Serban (center) and his wife Maria share a toast with Honorary Consul of Romania in Shizuoka and former Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Hakuo Yanagisawa during a reception to celebrate the country’s National Day at the Hotel Okura Tokyo on Dec. 1. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


December 5, 2015


December 5, 2015

December 5, 2015

France-based paper installation artist Marianne Guely (second from left), who unites Japanese craft traditions in an original design with the Andaz Tokyo Christmas tree in the Andaz Salon, poses with, (from left), Takeshi Nishimura, Yuzen-engraving artisan, Shigeru Takeo, president of TAKEO Co. and Arnaud de Saint-Exupery, general manager of the Andaz Tokyo on Nov. 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 28, 2015


November 28, 2015

November 28, 2015

Forty children from Nishimachi International School in Tokyo take part in the opening ceremony of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s “Gifts from Angels” charity program, which supports children in the disaster-hit Tohoku region, along with General Manager Steve Dewire (back row, second from right), Kids Earth Fund Founder Harumi Torii (back row, right), Marie Seino, chief director of Re Kikou (back row, third from right), and teachers from Nishimachi International School at the Hotel on Nov. 18. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 21, 2015


November 21, 2015

November 21, 2015

The Embassy of the Philippines held a launch party for the book “History and Heritage of The Kudan: The Official Residence of the Philippine Ambassador to Japan” on Nov. 10. Yoko Ono (center), who lived in the home as a child, accepts a copy of the book from Philippine Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez (left). | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 14, 2015


November 14, 2015

November 14, 2015

Algerian Ambassador Mohamed El Amine Bencherif (left) welcomes Yoshihiro Shigehisa, chairman emeritus of the JGC group, during a reception to celebrate the country’s 61st National Day at the Residence of Algeria in Tokyo on Nov. 2. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


November 7, 2015


November 7, 2015

November 7, 2015

Terumi Fujisaki (second from right) won the Prime Minister’s Cup, while Sari Ichise (second from left) was awarded the U.S. Ambassador’s Plaque, at the 39th annual Japan-U.S. Fulbright Charity Golf Tournament at the Totsuka Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture on Oct. 26. Also pictured are the U.S. Embassy’s Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Margot Carrington (left) and Fulbright Alumni Association of Japan President Chitoo Bunno. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 31, 2015


October 31, 2015

October 31, 2015

Hungarian Ambassador Istvan Szerdahelyi (center) and his wife, Reiko, welcome Seishiro Eto, chairman of the Japan-Hungary Parliamentary Friendship League, during a reception celebrating the country’s National Day at the embassy in Tokyo on Oct. 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 24, 2015


October 24, 2015

October 24, 2015

Vincents restaurant chef Martins Ritins (right) from Latvia joins Latvian Ambassador Normans Penke, at a press conference and tasting of Latvian traditional foods promoting his events in Japan next month at the embassy in Tokyo on Oct. 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 17, 2015


October 17, 2015

October 17, 2015

The “Hidden Japan 2015 — through Diplomats’ Eyes” photo exhibition award ceremony took place at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo on Oct. 8. Attila Erdos, minister counsellor from the Hungarian Embassy receives the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize from Princess Takamado. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 10, 2015


October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

Sake promotion group members, including Representative and former Director-General of the National Museum of Ethnology, Naomichi Ishige (center), raise their masuzake (square, wooden sake cups) before toasting to celebrate Oct. 1 as “Sake Day” at Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo. Nearly 50,000 people from across Japan, Australia, India, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam joined in via video conference. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


October 3, 2015


October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015

Cote d’Ivoire Ambassador Jerome Kloh Weya (third from left) is joined in a cake-cutting ceremony by (from left) Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Hidemichi Sato; House of Representatives member Asahiko Mihara; Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship Association Chairman Ichiro Aisawa; State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Daishiro Yamagiwa; and Former Japanese Ambassador to Cote d’lvoire and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of Founding the Japan-Cote d’lvoire Friendship Association Yuji Kurokawa during a reception to celebrate the 55th Cote d’lvoire Independence Anniversary (Aug. 7) at the Palace Hotel Tokyo on Sept. 17. | NAOTO YAGI


September 26, 2015


September 26, 2015

September 26, 2015

From left, Nicaragua Ambassador Saul Arana; Charge d’Affaires a.i. of Honduras Calros Mendoza; Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives Shinako Tsuchiya; El Salvador Ambassador Martha Zelayandia; Costa Rica Ambassador Laura Esquivel; and Charge d’Affaires a.i. of Guatemala Cristobal Dubon prepare to toast during a reception celebrating of 194th Anniversary of the Independence of Central America at Happo-en in Tokyo on Sept. 15. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 19, 2015


September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015

Brazilian Ambassador Andre Aranha Correa do Lago (center) raises a glass with Secretary-General of the Japan-Brazil Parliamentary Friendship League Takeo Kawamura (left), and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Brazil in Japan Marcos Turini, during a reception to celebrate the country’s Independence Day and of 120 years of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Japan at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo on Sept. 7. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 12, 2015


September 12, 2015

September 12, 2015

Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong (third from left) prepares to toast with, from left, Chairman of the General Council of the LDP and the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Nikai Toshihiro, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama during a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Vietnam’s national day at the New Otani Hotel, Tokyo on Sept. 1. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


September 5, 2015


September 5, 2015

September 5, 2015

Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida (right) presents a Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Tsukasa Umekita, president of the nonprofit Foreign Embassies Friendship Association (sponsor of the Japanese Speech Contest for foreign Embassy Officials in Tokyo). Commendations were awarded to 116 individuals and 39 groups for FY 2015 and the ceremony was followed by a reception at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo on Aug. 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


August 29, 2015


August 29, 2015

August 29, 2015

Frederik Walther, executive chef at the British Embassy in Tokyo, created a five-course menu celebrating Scottish seafood at the ambassador’s residence on Aug. 18. Pairing high-quality Scottish produce with seasonal Japanese ingredients, Walther took some 60 guests on an extraordinary culinary journey, with dishes such as a smoked scallop and haddock appetizer and a sugared salmon and citrus sherbet dessert. | JUN TAKAGI


August 22, 2015


August 22, 2015

August 22, 2015

Pakistan Ambassador Farukh Amil speaks at an Independence Day event at the embassy. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


August 15, 2015


August 15, 2015

August 15, 2015

Sponsored by Brideal, The Summer Magokoro Wedding took place in front of a Magokoro (goddess of sincerity) statue, which symbolizes the basic philosophy of Mitsukoshi. The couple chosen for the event, Kazuya Fukushima & Rie (Oka), were married in front of about 50 friends and relatives and about 450 members of the public at Mitsukoshi’s Nihombashi Flagship Store, on Aug. 8. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


August 8, 2015


August 8, 2015

August 8, 2015

From left, Pakistan Ambassador Farukh Amil, Chief Patron of the Calligraphic Society of Pakistan Humayun Khan Bangash and Princess Takamado pose at the Calligraphy Exhibition 2015 at the Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo on Aug. 4. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


August 1, 2015


August 1, 2015

August 1, 2015

Peruvian singer Fabiola de la Cuba (center) performs at ‘PERU FESTIVAL 2015 KYODAI,’ an event celebrating the 194th Anniversary of Peruvian Independence Day at Shin Kiba Studio Coast in Tokyo on July 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 25, 2015


July 25, 2015

July 25, 2015

The managing director of Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Takeshi Ashida (left), and Director of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office of the Embassy of the United States, Rachel Nelson, pose at a preview of the movie ‘Chef.’ Along with the preview, a tasting of American gourmet food truck cuisine was held at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s offices in Toranomon Towers in Tokyo on July 16. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 18, 2015


July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015

French Ambassador Thierry Dana (right) and his wife Florence Godfernaux (third from right) prepare for a toast with (from left) former Vice President of the House of Councilors Akiko Santo, Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Hakubun Shimomura, Vahid Halilhodzic, head coach of the Japanese national soccer team, and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, during a reception celebrating the country’s National Day at the ambassador’s residence in Tokyo on July 14. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


July 11, 2015


Jul 10, 2015

July 11, 2015

El Salvador Ambassador Martha Lidia Zelayandia (third from left) poses with students during a lesson on traditional Salvadorian cuisine at Hattori Nutrition College on July 4. | MAKI YAMAMOTO-ARAKAWA


July 4, 2015


Jul 4, 2015

July 4, 2015

Ethiopian Ambassador Markos Tekle Rike (center) and his wife, Hiwot Tuffa Doycha (right) welcome Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane during a reception to celebrate the country’s National Day at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on June 24. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 27, 2015


June 27, 2015

June 27, 2015

Djibouti Ambassador Ahmed Araita Ali (center) poses with (from left) Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto; former Ambassador of Japan to Djibouti Atsushi Nishioka; Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akira Sato; Chairman of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Aboubaker Omar Hadi; the former and the first Ambassador of Djibouti to Japan Rachad Farah; former Justice minister Midori Matsushima; and (back row) President and CEO of Memo’s Co. Domenico Cantatore during a reception to celebrate Djibouti Day and the 37th Anniversary of cooperation and Friendship between Japan and Djibouti at the ANA InterContinental Hotel Tokyo on June 8. | INTERMEDIA JAPAN


June 20, 2015


June 20, 2015

June 20, 2015

Slovenia Ambassador Helena Drnovsek Zorko (left) presents a certificate to Slovenian rakugo comic storyteller Katsura Sunshine naming him friendship ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia at LOUNGE by Francfranc in Tokyo on June 2. | SLOVENIA EMBASSY


June 13, 2015


June 13, 2015

June 13, 2015

Lithuania’s Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas (center), Vice-Minister of Science and Education Svetlana Kauzoniene (left); Vice-Minister of Economy Rasa Noreikiene (right); and Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Meilunas (third from left) pose with Representatives of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the Japan Bioindustry Association; the Japan Science and Technology Agency; and MEXT during a welcome reception at the Embassy in Tokyo on May 29. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


June 6, 2015


June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

Azerbaijan Ambassador Gursel Ismayilzada (left) welcomes, Akira Amari, chairman of the Japan-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Friendship League, minister in charge of economic revitalization and state minister for economic and fiscal policy, during a reception to celebrate the country’s Republic Day at the Okura Hotel on May 27. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 30, 2015


May 30, 2015

May 30, 2015

Dean of the African Development Corporation and Eritrea Ambassador Estifanos Afeworki (front row, seventh from right); State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi (seventh from left); Secretary-General, Japan-African Union parliamentary Friendship League Asahiko Mihara (sixth from left); President of the National Assembly of Djibouti Mohamed Ali Houmed, (sixth from right); Director-General, Affrican Affairs Depaartment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norio Maruyama, (fifth from right); and Lesotho Ambassador and Chair of the Africa Day Reception 2015 Richard Ramoeletsi (fourth from right) pose with other ambassadors, and Diet members during a reception to celebrate Africa Day at the Angolan Embassy in Tokyo on May 26. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 23, 2015


May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015

Ten Arab ambassadors and representatives, (Dean and Palestine Representative in Japan Waleed Siam, back row, fifth from right) and 11 Latin American and Caribbean Ambassadors (Dean and Honduras Ambassador Marlene Villela Talbott, front row, center) at a ‘Friendly Dinner of Partnership’ for strengthening relationships at the Oman Embassy in Tokyo on May 12. | ARAB COUNCIL


May 16, 2015


May 16, 2015

May 16, 2015

Ambassador of the European Union Viorel Isticioaia-Budura (left), shares a toast with Kenji Kosaka, chairman of Japan-EU Parliamentary League of Friendship, and member of the House of Councillors during a reception to celebrate ‘‘Europe Day’’ at the Delegation of the European Union Europa House in Tokyo on May 12. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 9, 2015


May 9, 2015

May 9, 2015

Contestants from 12 embassies took part in the 18th annual Japanese Speech Contest for Foreign Embassy Officials in Tokyo on April 25. Essam Bukhary (Saudi Arabia) receives the Foreign Minister’s Award from Mari Takada, director of cultural affairs and overseas public relations at the Foreign Ministry. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


May 2, 2015


May 2, 2015

May 2, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam (center) poses with Area Manager of Japan Mesay Shiferaw (left) and Ethiopian Tourism Organization CEO Solomon Tadesse during a press conference announcing direct flights between Narita and Addis Ababa at the Tokyo Marriott Hotel on April 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 18, 2015


April 18, 2015

April 18, 2015

The 17th Arab Charity bazaar, organized by the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors and Heads of Missions in Japan (SWAAJ), was held at the Izumi Garden Gallery in Tokyo on April 12. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie (sixth from left), SWAAJ President Jamila Al-Suwaidi (sixth from right) of Qatar and Vice President Samira Ali Abdelaziz (fifth from left) of Sudan, and other SWAAJ members pose after the ribbon-cutting. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 11, 2015


April 11, 2015

April 11, 2015

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks while the representative of the Permanent General Mission of Palestine and dean of the Arab diplomatic corps, Waleed Siam, looks on during an Arab Week reception and in celebration of Arab-Japan friendship at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Tokyo on April 6. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


April 3, 2015


April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015

Spain’s Cultural Counsellor Santiago Herrero Amigo (right), presents the Spanish Ambassador’s Award, to Tomonori Namiki of the Nippon.com Foundation at Casa de Espana in Shiba on March 24 for his achievements on a Spanish language exam organized by the Sociedad Hispanica del Japon and sponsored by the ministry of education and science. | THE FOUNDATION JAPAN SPANISH SOCIETY