|The Reception to Celebrate the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan (2014)
|The Embassy of Japan in Singapore celebrated His Majesty Emperor Akihito’s 81st Birthday on the 11th of December at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information His Excellency Lawrence Wong, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr Seah Kian Peng, Member of Parliament Ms Lee Bee Wah, Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou and many other distinguished guests also attended the event (about 700 people).
Speech by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information His Excellency Lawrence Wong
Speech by Ambassador Takeuchi
Minister Lawrence Wong and Ambassador Takeuchi enjoying Japanese products
Food and beverage producers from Japan kindly offered their specialties at the reception. There were rice, Iwate Wagyu Beef and Japanese Sake from Iwate prefecture, Japanese Sake from Niigata prefecture, Apple and Persimmon from Fukushima prefecture, Japanese Sake, Baked Sweet Potato, Dried Sweet Potato, Vegetable and Fruits from Ibaraki prefecture, Mikan (Mandarin) and green tea (two types) from Shizuoka prefecture, Apple and Japanese Sake from Nagano prefecture, Shima-Aji (Striped Jack) from Kumamoto prefecture, Kinkan (Kumquat), Dekopon (Mandarin) and Steamed Sweet potato from Kagoshima prefecture, Red Sea Bream from Tokuhiro-Suisan in Ehime prefecture, Japanese Fruits Tomato produced in Singapore from Ginza Farm, Japanese Red & White Wine from Grace Winery of Chuo-Budoushu in Yamanashi prefecture and Japanese Beer from Kirin Beer.
We also received the kind support from Ikebana International Chapter 135 for their Ikebana arrangements and from the National University of Singapore Koto ensemble “KotoKottoN” for their melodious Koto performance at the reception.
National University of Singapore Koto ensemble “KotoKottoN”
Ikebana exhibits by Ikebana International Chapter 135
In addition we invited the Director Natsuka KUSANO, Actor Yuri ISHIZAKA and Actor Asami SHIBUYA of Japanese Movie “Antonym (Rasen Ginga)”, which was nominated in Silver Screen Awards in 25th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) 2014 (4th December to 14th December 2014). The trailer of the film was shared during the reception.