Members of the Kansai Consular were invited to participate in the 2016 “Fuji No Kuni” event, hosted by the Shizoka Prefectural government on 10 February 2016.
The event opened with a lecture by the Dean of Shizuoka University, who spoke about the prefecture’s efforts to address its declining birth rate (a nation-wide issue). Over 100 people attended the lecture including representatives from the Russian, Dutch, and Philippines. Consuls-General Wols (Netherlands) and Taguiang (Philippines) personally attended.
A reception followed the lecture. Guests were able to learn about the various industries of Shizuoka and were treated to local specialties. Business and community leaders were among the attendees, creating a wonderful opportunity for Consuls to expand their understanding of and network in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture opens the lecture
Representatives of Kansai Consular countries are welcomed by the Governor.
Left to Right: CG Wols (Netherlands), CG Taguiang (Philippines), CG Binh (Vietnam), CG Manapan (Thailand), CG Changsan (India), [US Consul from Nagoya], Consul Naseer (Pakistan) and Attache from Russia acting in proxy
A feast composed of Shizuoka seasonal specialties
Consul Naseer (Pakistan)
Demonstration of Shizuoka Industry and Products
On January 27th, 2016 Kansai Consular Corps members joined local government leaders and other distinguished guests for the opening ceremony of a traditional Russian Quilt Exhibition. The ceremony, which was held at the Russian Consulate, included a tour of the artwork, a concert, and a reception featuring Russian delicacies.
Guests appeared delighted by the opportunity to view exquisitely crafted quilts with various themes. Following a preview of the quilts, they enjoyed an afternoon of music. The performance included songs that are popular in Russia and Japan.
It was a celebration of friendship and culture.
Consul-General Ryabov welcomes guests
Opening of the Exhibit by Russian Ambassador, who arrived from Tokyo to join the event
Local officials greet the Consul-General
Consul-General Kulanda (Mongolia) joins for a photograph
Ornate Russian Quiltwork