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His Majesty, The Emperor's Birthday Reception 2017

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda during his speech.
The Embassy of Japan in Singapore celebrated His Majesty Emperor Akihito’s 84th Birthday on the 1st of December at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. The Island Ballroom was filled with many distinguished guests who gathered with His Excellency Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Guest-of-Honour, Singapore’s Minister for Finance, His Excellency Minister Heng Swee Keat to celebrate the occasion.

Food and beverage producers from Japan kindly offered their specialties at the reception. These included Japanese Red and White Wine from GRACE WINERY of Chuo-Budoushu; from Norin Chuo Kinko, Stork Natural Rice, Okinawan Shekwasha Juice and Japanese Sake from Japan Gastronomy Club and ARTISAN CELLARS; from Kumamoto prefecture, Ban Pei Yu Citrus, Prime Tomato and Strawberry, and Japanese rice served as rice balls; from Fukui prefecture, Echizen soba; from Iwate prefecture, Hitomebore Japanese rice served as rice balls, and Japanese sake (Nanbibijin); rice balls from Samurice; 5 different types of sake from Niigata Prefecture; from Ibaraki prefecture, Japanese Sake and Yuzu wine from Yoshikubo Shuzo, Japanese Sake from Aoki Shuzo, and octopus and squid; sushi from Restaurant Nami; from Kirin Holdings, cooling Japanese beer Ichiban Shibori; from Nissin Singapore, Japanese ramen and potato chips; from Kagoshima prefecture, Honkaku Shochu Liquor, sweet potato chips, and clay pot rice; from Fukushima prefecture, peach juice, peach liqueur, Japanese Sake, vegetables and fruits; from Hokkaido prefecture, Yumepirika rice served as rice balls, and Hokkaido Zweigelt Red wine and Hokkaido Kerner white wine; handmade sweets from ABC Cooking Studio Singapore Pte Ltd; from Shizuoka prefecture, green tea from Harada Seicha; authentic Japanese sweets from Minamoto Kitchoan; and healthy super vegetable drinks and multi-berry drinks from Sunstar. These Japanese delicacies received high praises from the guests.

We also received continuous kind support from Singapore Sogetsu Association, Ohara School, and Ikebana International Singapore Chapter 135 for their Ikebana arrangements.

Guest-of-Honour Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat during his speech.

From left to right, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda, Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC Foo Mee Har, Mdm Chang Hwee Nee, Guest-of-Honour Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat, and Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Chong Kee Hiong.

During the ceremony.

Guest-of-Honour Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat and H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda offering a toast.

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda posing with Guest-of-Honour Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat.

Mrs Yuko Shinoda and Mdm Chang Hwee Nee, spouse of Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Chef Tetsuya Yamazaki, the Chef at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence, doing a live demonstration of fish cutting.

Guest-of-Honour Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat, H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda, and distinguished guests touring the booths.

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Yuko Shinoda interacting with guests.

Distinguished guests at the reception.

H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda and Mrs Yuko Shinoda touring the booths.

Ikebana arranged by Ms Daisy Koh from Ohara School.

Ikebana arrangements by Ms Pandora Ip of Singapore Sogetsu Association.

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