2023 National Day Reception to celebrate the Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito (February 17, 2023)
On Friday, February 17th, Consul-General MIKAMI Yoichi hosted a reception (National Day Reception) in celebration of the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at a hotel in Denver. 282 guests attended the event including dignitaries, political and business affiliates, and Japanese company representatives.
The ceremony began with the U.S. and Japanese national anthems, followed by opening remarks by Consul-General MIKAMI, then Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Mayor Michael Hancock from the city of Denver, Mayor Mike Coffman from the city of Aurora, and Mr. Derek Okubo, President of the Japan America Society of Colorado, who concluded with a toast. During Lt. Governor Primavera’s speech, she delivered a proclamation of Japan Colorado Friendship Day on February 17th 2023 on behalf of Governor Jared Polis. It was then handed to CG MIKAMI. Also, a surprise gift of flowers from Governor Polis was delivered during the opening ceremony.
The Consulate had a PR booth to promote Japan and several Japanese companies in Colorado also cooperated with booths to display their products, technology, and services at the reception.