KARACHI: The Consul General of Japan in Karachi, His Excellency Toshikazu Isomura, hosted a clinquant grand dinner reception to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty Emperor Akihito, who will be 84 years on December 23, 2017.
A vibrant event was hosted at Pearl Continental Hotel; the Consul General of many countries and a large cross section of the city’s elite, including industrialists, businessmen, lawyers, politicians and professionals had responded to his invitation, making the event highly impressive. Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms. Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani and Sindh Minister for Local Government Jam Khan Shoro also attended the function.
The guests enjoyed the hospitality of Japanese Consul General, H.E. Toshikazu Isomura, Deputy Consul General, H.E. Kazuo Tsukada and their diplomatic team. The eminent guests also took keen interest in Japanese literature and culture displayed at this event on late Monday evening. The arrangements were done to portray the rich culture of Japan with the help of scenic photos and videos. The buffet dinner served to the guests was also Japanese themed with dishes including sushi, tempura and sake. Five Ikebana groups showcased beautiful flower arrangements and the Pakistan Bonsai Society exhibited Bonsai (Japanese art of growing a miniature tree in a container) around the venue.
The Japanese Consul General, in his welcome speech, stated that Japanese Emperor’s birth day actually falls on December 23 but it was being celebrated by Japan’s missions before as most of Japanese diplomats posted round the world would be on leave to join grand celebrations of their Emperor in their home country.
He emphasized his heartfelt commitment in further promoting economic relations, and vibrating cultural and people-to-people exchange between Japan and Pakistan.
He said Japan’s Emperor would step down from the highest symbolic position on 23rd December 2019, on his 86th birth-day and his successor, the Crown Prince, would replace him. The Consul General conveyed his best wishes for the Emperor.