2017 Shinnenkai Report

 We have had again a pleasant and enjoyable New Year Party of the Norway-Japan Society on 12th of January, 2017 at the Matsuya Salon at Tokyo Daijingu, gathering 102 participants.

Our President Seo presented his Welcome Message to our members and to our distinguished guests, followed by Ambassador Rimestad’s New Year Greeting for us.

We have had honour of having with us: Mr. Chiharu Igaya, Famous Skier and Vice President of IOC till 2009; Messrs Fukushima, Kiuchi and Sakuta, Directors of EYC (Enoshima Yacht Club where the Sailing Competition of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be held); Mr.Bjoern Holta, former President of Japan-Norway Society in Oslo (our counterpart organization in Norway); Ms.Eriko Tanabe, Director and GM of Japan Grieg Society; Prof. Doi of Josai University, among other Honored Guests of ours.

Norkul Tokyo, a Norwegian/Japanese music group played for us using Norwegian traditional instruments, which was wonderful. The NJS Singing Group has also performed Ved Gjaetle-Bakken by Edvard Grieg and the Japanese song “Furusato,” which is our 7th yearly performance. Everybody enjoyed delicious food and drinks served by Matsuya Salon together with our Raffle. We are grateful for those who have kindly donated their presents for our Raffle. (reported by Isao Watanabe/V.P.)

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