Birthday Celebration for His Majesty The Emperor
December 18, 2018
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.