Party pics: Emperor Akihito birthday reception

Joining other Japanese consuls around the world, Honolulu’s Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo celebrated the birthday of Japan Emperor Akihito last night at a grand party at the consulate on Nu’uanu Avenue.

Active food stations serving sushi, tempura, grilled abalone and yakitori sticks were appropriate finger foods to go with the 31 types of sake provided by Kokusai Sake Kai.

Japanese Consulate Reception

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Recipients of special commendations for work to aid Japan tsunami victims: Ed Hawkins of Rainbow for Japan Kids, Keith Regan of the Aloha initiative with Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Gov Neil Abercrombie.