Birthday Celebration for His Majesty The Emperor

  On December 11, Consul General Takashi Hatori and his wife hosted the Birthday Celebration for His Majesty The Emperor, which was attended by some 310 guests including, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston, BC MLAs and government officials, Japan-Canada business members, representatives of the Japanese-Canadian community and Japanese expat community, as well as individuals involved in educational and cultural fields.       
  Following an opening performance of both countries' national anthems by NAV Chorus, speeches were given by Consul General Hatori and BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston, and a toast was offered by Gordon Kadota, a former President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians. 
  Photos of Their Majesties' official activities were exhibited and a video was shown. In addition to the consulate’s own Japanese cultural information table, there was a demonstration of Japanese cuisine, booths run by Japanese municipalities such as Mie Prefecture, Uji City in Kyoto, Nagano Prefecture, and Karuizawa City in Nagano, and booths set up by companies such as Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and Air Canada, as well as a flower arrangement designed by the local Sogetsu school of ikebana.

Consul General Hatori poses with BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, BC MLAs and City Councillors

Photo portraits of Their Majesties and flower arrangement by local ikebana school Sogetsu

Remarks by Consul General Hatori

Remarks by BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Ralston

Honorary Consul General Byng

A look at the venue

Sushi demonstration

Consulate’s Culture and Information booth

Booths run by Japanese Municipalities (Mie Prefecture, Uji in Kyoto, Nagano Prefecture, and Karuizawa in Nagano)

Company booths (JAL, ANA, Air Canada)