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A reception fit for an emperor

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMRandy Bowman
Hosts for the evening Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica Masanori Nakano and his wife, Keiko, give a very pleasant welcome to the guests as they enter.
Dr Myrna Hague-Bradshaw shines like pure gold in her rust jacket.
Superintendent of pilotage, PAJ, Dr Hortense Ross-Innerarity (centre), is flanked by her hubby, Tex (left), former city engineer at Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and friend Hopeton Delisser, harbour master.
Gal pals Camille Taylor (left) and Yvonne Clarke are among those out to celebrate the royal occasion.
Talita (left) and Pierie Deviliers of the South African High Commission are delighted to hear from Matthew Stevenson of Suzuki Jamaica that the new Suzuki they are enquiring about is also available in South Africa.
Latoya Harris is all smiles as Courtney Black pours her a glass of sake.
Pausing for a quick snap are (from left) Daina Josephs, Claudia Barnes, former ambassador to Japan, and Stephen Josephs, official representative of the One Love Festival in Japan.
Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica Masanori Nakano (left) and A.J. Nicholson, minister of foreign affairs and trade, raise a toast the continued good relations between Japan and Jamaica.
Olympian Yohan Blake (centre) gives the Japanese Ambassador Masanori Nakano and his wife, Keiko, some love at the reception.

The soothing melodies of the National Youth Orchestra that echoed through the halls, extending to the lush gardens, was a great indication of the kind of celebration ahead - one fit for royalty.

The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, will on December 23, celebrate his 82nd birthday, and to mark the occasion, the Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, and his wife, Keiko, held a royal reception in his honour.

The ambassador spoke fondly of the emperor during his speech. Filled with comedic elements, Ambassador Nakano was pleased to also report on the various projects which his country has collaborated with Jamaica. This includes the J-J Partnership and the famous calendar event, the One Love Festival.

The ambassador was followed by A.J. Nicholson, the minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, who maintained the comedic theme, ending with the wish to continue another 50 years of continued corporation between both countries.

Of course, no Japanese celebration would be complete without sake. An entire bar was set up just to facilitate sampling of the fermented rice, but also to educate guests on the process - from polishing to bottling. There were at least seven varietals to choose from.

As if that wasn't enough, the yard was filled with, I bet you guessed it, Japanese-made automobiles - Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota, from cars to trucks to SUVs. Not too far off were the ready-and-raring-to-go sales representatives.