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Sake promotional group members raise a toast with masu-zake (sake served in traditional wooden boxes) at an event held at Meiji Kinenkan to advertise the "Let's kampai together with sake!'' campaign during  "October 1st is Sake Day" celebrations. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Sake promotional group members raise a toast with masu-zake (sake served in traditional wooden boxes) at an event held at Meiji Kinenkan to advertise the “Let’s kampai together with sake!” campaign during “October 1st is Sake Day” celebrations. | YOSHIAKI MIURA


Attendees at the “Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2017” opening event at Roppongi Hills on Oct. 3. Front row, left to right: Luxembourg Ambassador Beatrice Kirsch, Executive Committee chair; Grand prize winner Attila Erdos; Hirofumi Nakasone, head of the jury; Honorary President Princess Takamado; Princess Takamado Memorial prize winner Andrey Kuzhabekov; New Zealand Ambassador Stephen Payton, winner of the Ambassador Prize; and Macedonian Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovik, who received a special mention from the jury. Behind them are other special-mention winners and committee members. |  YOSHIAKI MIURA
Attendees at the “Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2017” opening event at Roppongi Hills on Oct. 3. Front row, left to right: Luxembourg Ambassador Beatrice Kirsch, Executive Committee chair; Grand prize winner Attila Erdos; Hirofumi Nakasone, head of the jury; Honorary President Princess Takamado; Princess Takamado Memorial prize winner Andrey Kuzhabekov; New Zealand Ambassador Stephen Payton, winner of the Ambassador Prize; and Macedonian Ambassador Andrijana Cvetkovik, who received a special mention from the jury. Behind them are other special-mention winners and committee members. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

Prince Takamado Memorial Prize and this year
Prince Takamado Memorial Prize and this year’s Grand Prize winners Andrey Kuzhabekov (left) of Russia and Attila Erdos (right) of Hungary pose with Honorary President Princess Takamado at the ‘Japan Through Diplomats’ Eyes 2017′ award ceremony at Roppongi Hills on Oct. 3. The photographic exhibition marks its 20th anniversary this year. | YOSHIAKI MIURA