Consulate-General of Japan in Miami Celebrates Start of Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games at Tower Club Reception in Fort Lauderdale

Deputy Consul-General Koji Adachi and colleagues at the Consulate-General of Japan were among the guests of honor who attended a reception to celebrate the kick-off of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, July 20. Co-hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the event was open to the public. Guests enjoyed a taste of Japanese culture, which included sushi and sake tastings, as well as a Taiko Drumming performance by Florida-based group Fushu Daiko.

From left to right:

Russell Weaver, GFL Sister Cities International President; Koji Adachi, Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Miami; Joey Crawford, GFL Sister Cities International Vice President
Miwako Patton, Cultural Affairs Advisor at the Consulate-General of Japan, and Consul Keisuke Saito
Daphnee Sainvil, Liaison, City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Economic Development; Abbas Karimi, Refugee Paralympic Team Swimmer, Deborah Rosenbaum
Dale V.C. Holness, Broward County Commissioner, and Koji Adachi, Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Miami
Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, Joey Crawford; Daphnee Sainvil, Russell Weaver, Deputy Consul-General Koji Adachi, Deborah Rosenbaum, and Abbas Karimi participate in the sake barrel ceremony. Better known as “Kagami-Wari”, this ritual represents an opening to good fortune and harmony
Taiko drumming group Fushu Daiko performs for guests