Event Reports


2023 Event Reports

2023 Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception

On 16 February 2023, the Emperor’s Birthday Celebration Reception was held at the Consul-General’s residence. Approximately 400 people attended the event including state officials and politicians, local government representatives, members of the Victorian Consular Corps, Japanese cultural and educational organisations, and business representatives from Australia and Japan.

Following a speech by Consul-General Shimada, congratulatory messages were given by the guest of honour; Mr Nick Staikos MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (representing the Premier), and Mr John Pesutto MP, Leader of the Opposition.

The venue was decorated with ikebana displays and samurai armour, and guests had the chance to see kyudo and live wadaiko and koto performances, and participate in a tea ceremony.

Additionally, Japanese food and drinks such as Japanese beer, sake, matcha slushies, Japanese probiotic milk beverages, and cheese cakes were served. Char-grilled Hida beef and strawberries were offered by Gifu prefecture, while Tokushima prefecture offered sudachi juice. Osaka City, Matsudo City, and Aichi Prefecture also promoted their respective sister city/state relationships with Victoria. Japanese companies also exhibited a hydrogen fuel cell car and a plug-in hybrid vehicle, and distributed samples of healthcare products.