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December 19, 2016

The Reception in Celebration of the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan (December 6, 2016)

On December 6, 2016, Consul-General and Mrs. Tetsuro Amano hosted a reception celebrating the 83rd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan which was attended by over 170 distinguished guests. Among the guests were Texas House of Representatives Jarvis D. Johnson, Astronaut Souichi Noguchi, Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Astronaut Nobushige Kanai, and two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Mr. George Foreman.

Consul-General Amano expressed his appreciation to the guests for their support to strengthen relationship with Japan and summarized the important events that happened during the year of 2016. (link)Following his remarks, Representative Johnson made a speech celebrating the great relationship between Japan and Texas. Also, Congratulatory messages for the occasion were sent from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, as well as Congressman John Culberson, and were each read aloud.

While attending the formal part of the reception, distinguished guests enjoyed fresh sushi from the sushi bar, with live Koto serenaded them in the back ground. “Kaminari Taiko”, a Japanese drum team also performed in the backyard. A newly built Toyota Tundra, brought by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. welcomed the guests in front while Japanese companies set up booths to introduce their companies and products. Companies on display were DAIKIN, Hitz Hitachi Zosen Corporation, High-Speed-Railway Technology Consulting Corporation, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. participated this year. The guests enjoyed Japanese culture from many different angles.







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