On September 7, 2018, the Japan America Society of Southern California, supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles, held a special anniversary celebration marking 26 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Armenia on September 7, 1992.
The event took place at Brand Park in the City of Glendale and included remarks by the City Council of Glendale and Consulates General of Japan and Armenia, followed by a special musical performance. There were also presentations by His Excellency Eiji Taguchi, the first Japanese ambassador posted to Armenia, and Dr. Akira Ishiyama of UCLA on his medical mission work with the Armenian International Medical Fund. A high school students’ video was also shown to share stories of their Japan trip on the KAKEHASHI Project.
There was a special gift presentation by Consul General Chiba to the City of Glendale in gratitude for the city’s strong relations with Japan. Ms. Lynette American, representing Mayor Eric Garcetti of the City of Los Angeles, also presented commendations to the Consulates of Japan and Armenia.
Guests had an opportunity to tour the Japanese Friendship Garden and Shoseian Teahouse in Brand Park, recently renovated with support from master gardeners and landscapers from Japan who worked alongside staff of the City of Glendale Community Services and Parks Department to enhance the space.
Attendees included leaders of the Armenian and Japanese communities, representatives of local elected officials, and national level officials from Japan. The reception following the program featured food and refreshments from Japan and Armenia.