Japanese celebrates their emperor
Cathy Risden, Lifestyle Writer
The Japanese ambassador to Jamaica, Yasuo Takase, joined Japanese people across the world in celebrating the 81st birthday of His Majesty Emperor Akihito and Empress of Japan.
The ambassador was joined at his Seaview Avenue residence on Wednesday by well-wishers.
Warmly welcomed by the ambassador and his wife, Sayoka, their residence came alive when representatives from the members of the diplomatic community and the various sectors joined in the collaborative celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Japan and Jamaica, and the Japan-CARICOM friendship year.
To add to the festivities was an appearance by Ken Booth, who gave a scintillating performance, setting the stage for 'Peterman' and 'Rankin Pumpkin', two Japanese DJs and singers.
In attendance was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade A.J. Nicholson, who recently visited Japan. He noted that one must not forget that people-to-people exchange continues to build relations between Jamaica and Japan. In closing, he wished the emperor good health for decades to come, with continued friendship to the Government and the Jamaican people.
Ambassador Takase said that Jamaica and Japan have worked together on several projects, including the launch of 'Japan Week', which include the Japan festival, Nihon Matsuri, where 500 Jamaicans enjoyed Japanese culture; a Japanese Anime Film Festival; and a Vegetable Arts and Sushi making presentation.
Among other specially invited guests were former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall; former Prime Minister Edward Seaga; Kaci Fennel, Miss Universe Jamaica; Russian ambassador Vladimir Polenov; British High Commissioner David Fitton, among other officials.