Diplomatic Corps Hosts Farewell Reception for Japanese Ambassador
Last Friday night, the Diplomatic Corps of Jamaica hosted a send off for one of its very own, the Japanese Ambassador, Yasuo Takase.
High commissioners, ambassadors, government official and other distinguished guests gathered at the Port Antonio Suite of The Jamaica Pegasus in formal fashion to bid the guests of honour, Takase and his family, farewell.
The show-stopping Sayoko Takaese joined her husband in a meet and greet among guests, with daughter Yuria, by their side.
The mood was set with dimmed lights from exquisite chandeliers and instrumental music designed as a great counterpart for chit chat. They were accompanied by red and white wine, or fruit juices of their choosing.
"It's hard to say goodbye," were the words of Dominican Republic Ambassador, Head of the Diplomatic Corps and gracious host, Dr JosÈ Tomas Ares German in starting the formal proceedings.
After his warm welcome and introduction, German went on to note that the diplomatic corps has not only enjoyed Takase's service to Jamaica over the past two and a half years, but his hospitality as well. He additionally wished both he and his family health and prosperity, before presenting him with a token of appreciation, on behalf of the diplomatic corps.
The man of the hour then took to the podium and thanked everyone, especially the diplomatic corps for hosting this event. He said that he was honoured for this nice farewell reception, enjoying the company with the Jamaican people and dearly and describing his stay as fruitful and wonderful.
He took his audience down memory lane, revealing that he came to Jamaica during their year of their 50th birthday celebration and elated to share in the grand event. Fast forwarding to a recent occasion, when Japan celebrated their 50th anniversary of independence, he got the opportunity in his second home, experiencing the love and support of his country here in Jamaica. He expressed happiness to have fellow diplomats and Jamaica as friends, thanked them for their hospitality offered to him, his wife and his daughter, closing his speech with goodbye reiterated in different languages.
Other specially invited guests soon after walked in and the ambassador in good spirits called them out for missing his speech. The crowd responded heartily at his banter.
From there, everyone joined with a festive toast, ending the formalities which gave way to regular mingling programming.