Japan in the News
Ramen returns to Japan, with an American twist. Nishiyama Seimen Co., Ltd. is hosting the Daikaya Group’s DC-based ramen restaurants at a residency program in Hokkaido, Japan’s famed ramen mecca. The pop-up will run through September and feature menu items from all three Daikaya Group restaurants, the first program participants from outside of Japan. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan recognized the team behind Daikaya Ramen with the Taste of Japan Honorary Award for introducing authentic Japanese food to US diners and leading a wave of US restaurateurs bringing Japanese cuisine to new heights.
Dr. John Hamre Recognized
Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun at a reception in his honor at the Ambassador’s Residence. As Ambassador Sasae said, “Dr. John Hamre is a true friend of Japan. He understands Japan’s strategic importance, yes, but as a friend he also understands and values our history, our culture and our people.” The conferral ceremony included the reading of a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and video messages from dignitaries like Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.
Japan At Your Fingertips
Google Cultural Institute has created Google Arts & Culture, a website devoted to exploring and sharing the cultural history of the world. Take a spin through a dizzying array of Japanese craft objects on this in-depth “Made in Japan” site. You can dive into over 2700 items in an endlessly scrolling column, each one linked to high-resolution photographs and sometimes videos to help you learn more about the fascinating world of Japanese traditional crafts.
Celebrating People-to-People Exchange
Ambassador Sasae hosted a dinner with Congressional Black Caucus members and A. Shuanise Washington, President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, to celebrate productive partnerships for education and people-to-people exchange. One example of this spirit of collaboration was the Emerging Leaders: Japan Exchange Program Kakehashi Project, which brought 15 students from CBC Members’ districts to Japan. Guests at the dinner included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty.