Japanese Heritage Night Hosted at Dodger Stadium

Wednesday, June 15, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted Japanese Heritage Night at Dodger Stadium. Among an array of activities and fun filled events, was Consul General Akira Muto's honorary first pitch.
The event paid tribute to the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 150th anniversary of U.S. - Japan Baseball diplomacy. For the Consul General to have participated in this event, where both Japanese and American National Anthems were played, was truly an honor.
Prior to the game, a performance by traditional Japanese drumming ensemble, LA Taiko Ichiza, took place on the field. There was also a classical Japanese dance group performing "Tanko Bushi" in the Centerfield Plaza during pre-game festivities.


Pictured: Consul General Akira Muto, Actor Ken Watanabe

President of Japan House LA, Yuko Kaifu, and Former CEO of LA County

Sachi Hamai

Rob Fukuzaki, ABC7 News
Keiko Takeshita sings Japan's National Anthem (1) Keiko Takeshita sings Japan's National Anthem (2)