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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
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


Romanian Ambassador Radu Serban, at a reading for his book, "Closer to the Sky" or "Sora e ayumu," which is about his climbing of Mt. Fuji in July, 2014. The book is not only a story of his climb, but also a glimpse into his philosophy of life, beliefs, and experiences, as well as the contrasts between Japan and Romania, at International House Library in Tokyo on Feb. 19. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Romanian Ambassador Radu Serban, at a reading for his book, “Closer to the Sky” or “Sora e ayumu,” which is about his climbing of Mt. Fuji in July, 2014. The book is not only a story of his climb, but also a glimpse into his philosophy of life, beliefs, and experiences, as well as the contrasts between Japan and Romania, at International House Library in Tokyo on Feb. 19. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Kuwait Ambassador Abdul Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi (center) cuts a cake with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Miki Yamada (left) and Fukushima Prefecture Gov. Masao Uchibori, during a reception to celebrate the country's 55th National Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of the State of Kuwait at the Palace Hotel, in Tokyo on Feb. 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Kuwait Ambassador Abdul Rahman Humood Al-Otaibi (center) cuts a cake with Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Miki Yamada (left) and Fukushima Prefecture Gov. Masao Uchibori, during a reception to celebrate the country’s 55th National Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of the State of Kuwait at the Palace Hotel, in Tokyo on Feb. 22. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Brunei Ambassador Mahamud Ahmad (left) welcomes Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the Japan-Brunei Parliamentary Friendship League, to a reception celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the National Day of Brunei Darussalam at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo on Feb. 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
Brunei Ambassador Mahamud Ahmad (left) welcomes Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the Japan-Brunei Parliamentary Friendship League, to a reception celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the National Day of Brunei Darussalam at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo on Feb. 23. | YOSHIAKI MIURA