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March 2008
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Japan Society's 100 Years Marked at Gala Dinner in Tokyo
In celebration of its landmark 100th anniversary, New York's venerable Japan Society was honored with a centennial gala dinner at the hotel Okura in Tokyo on March 4th. Present for the historic occasion were Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan....The night's festivities began with welcoming remarks by James McDonald, Japan Society's chairman. He praised the foresight of the founders of the Society in 1907, calling them "remarkable in their vision of a future relationship...

Fine Kaga Cuisine from Ishikawa Prefecture
On February 20th,
Ambassador Sakurai's official residence was transformed into a top-tier restaurant for a night when the Consulate General of Japan co-hosted a special tasting event with the Ishikawa Prefectural Government. It featured a gathering of some of the most famous names from the New York restaurant world. The purpose of the dinner was to introduce Ishikawa's fine Kaga cuisine - already renowned in Japan - to America, and to help the region's ...

Japanese JIZAKE ~ Artisan Sake Tasting at the Ambassador's Residence ~
A sake event, " Japanese JIZAKE~Artisan Sake Tasting at the Ambassador's Residence~", which included seminars and sake tasting, was held on March 3rd. This event was co-sponsored by the Conference of Japanese Food Distributors in New York, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) New York, and the Consulate General of Japan in New York...

Visit Japan
Invitation to Sakai
Sakai City has a population of 830,000 and in April 2006 it became the 15th ordinance to be designated as a city in Japan long with Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe cities in the Kansai Region. Sakai City is located in the central part of Osaka Prefecture, facing Osaka Bay, and enjoys a mild climate. Sakai has a long history and many traditions that demonstrate its prosperity and development.

Visit Japan Campaign Night
On January 14th, a dinner reception in honor of Mr. Tadatoshi Mamiya, President of the Japan National Tourist Organization, was held at Ambassador Motoatsu Sakurai's residence. This event , called "Visit Japan Campagin Night", was attended by almost 100 guest, including many distinguished representatives from the tourism industry and other Japanese and American leaders from the business community.

Culture Connection
Japanese Resources at the New York Public Library
The New York Public Library (NYPL) offers diverse materials to readers with interest in Japanese topics from culture and literature to history, language and art. These resources are scattered throughout the 85 branches and four Research Libraries which make up the NYPL system... Japanese language materials are housed primarily within the Asian and Middle Eastern Division in the Humanities and Social Sciences...
Ambassador Desk
I recently returned to Japan for the first time in two years. During my stay, I had talks with Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura and leaders of the Ministry of Foregin Affairs. I also exchanged opinions with leaders in politics and finance. The hot topics in Tokyo are the two very important international conferences that will take place this year in Japan: The Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), which will be held in Yokoyama in May and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in July.
Event Calendar
March 21 - June 15
Made of Lacquer: The Innovative Art of Shibata Zeshin

Japan Society Gallery
April 5 - July 13
Takashi Murakami

Brooklyn Museum
April & May
Spring Means It's Cherry Blossom Season!

Various Locations
Performing Arts & Films
3/23 & 29
Film Screening: "The Cats of Mirikitani"
Anthology Film Archives
3/29 & 30
Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company
The Ailey Citigroup Theatre
3/21 - 6/15
Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print
Brooklyn Museum

Music Lectures Cultural Event
4/11 @ 7:30pm
Concert: "Riyo's Salon Concert: Celebration of Emerging Artists"
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

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