Images / Times Gallery

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
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


The Japan Times Deputy Sales Officer Yusuke Numata (center) and the Japan National Student Association Fund Acting President and Secretary-General Toshiko Hasegawa (right) hold donations presented by the President of the Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter Noriko Kira (left) during a New Year's event and demonstration organized by Ikebana International Headquarters at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo, on Jan. 18. | YOSHIAKI MIURA
The Japan Times Deputy Sales Officer Yusuke Numata (center) and the Japan National Student Association Fund Acting President and Secretary-General Toshiko Hasegawa (right) hold donations presented by the President of the Ikebana International Tokyo Founding Chapter Noriko Kira (left) during a New Year’s event and demonstration organized by Ikebana International Headquarters at the Palace Hotel, Tokyo, on Jan. 18. | YOSHIAKI MIURA