Japanese Emperor's Birthday Reception

On 17th November 2016, a reception hosted by Mr. Kazuya Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in honour of the birthday celebration of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, was held at Hotel Europe in Sarajevo. Numerous guests attended the reception such as Mr. Mirsad Kebo, former Vice President of the Federation of BiH , Mr. Damir Arnaut, Chair of the Interparliamentary Friendship Group of BiH Parliament, Mr. Mirvad Kurić, Minister of Culture and Sports of Sarajevo Canton, diplomats, Mr. Ivica Osim, a former coach of Japanese National Football Team, Japanese companies, representatives of academic and cultural communities.

In his speech, Ambassador Ogawa mentioned that this year has marked the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and BiH, and that the relationships between two countries have been tightening with the visit of Mr. Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foriegn Affairs of Japan and Japanese business mission to BiH and a series of cultural events including the concert of Japanese drum team ''Ondekoza''. Ambassador also introduced the development of Japanese language courses and the decoration to Mr. Ivica Osim.

At the reception, Japanese companies displayed their PR videos on their latest products. Also, photo panels which displayed events marking the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations were exhibited, and Japanese fresh rice and sake were served.

The speech of Ambassador Ogawa is available here.

Ambassador and Madam Ogawa at the receving line  
Ambassador and Madam Ogawa at the receiving line              Ambassador Ogawa's speech                                 Commemorative photo with BiH dignitaries

                          Reception venue                                                  Business exhibition (OLYMPUS)                                Business exhibition (TOYOTA)
                 Japanese sake corner                                                     Japanese new rice corner                                 Panel exhibition for the 20th anniversary of diplomatic 
                                                                                                                                                                                 relations between Japan and BiH
Exhibition of posters for the Tokyo Olympics and     Brochures for the 20th anniversary of diplomatic 
Paraolympics in 2020                                                  relations between Japan and BiH, and JICA cooperation