On November 30th, the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo kick-started the 150 years anniversary of Danish-Japanese relations in 2017 by appointing the anniversary’s eight goodwill ambassadors.
The goodwill ambassadors were announced at a reception at the Residence of the Danish Ambassador. Each of the goodwill ambassadors are exceptional individuals within their field, be it art, music, literature, design or architecture. At the same time the goodwill ambassadors all have a close relationship to both Denmark and Japan. Because of this, the goodwill ambassadors are able contribute to the celebrations in unique ways strengthening the ties between Japan and Denmark.
The goodwill ambassadors for the 150 years anniversary are:
• Mr. Kazuyoshi Akiyama – Conductor and Maestro. Accomplished conductor of Danish composer Carl Nielsen and has conducted in Denmark several times.
• Ms. Millie Okada – Leader of Higashi-Matsushima stich girls. Brand advisor for Danish companies in Japan, among others House of Amber.
• Mr. Nicolai Bergmann – Danish flower artist and entrepreneur in Japan.
• Ms. Erika Tachihara – Fairy tale writer and expert on H.C. Andersen.
• Mr. Hiroshi Sambuichi – Architect and visiting professor at the Danish Royal Design Academy.
• Ms. Yuki Pallis – Curator primarily working with art and Danish crafts in both Denmark and Japan.
• Ms. Rika Yukimasa – Cooking expert and author of several books on Danish interior design.
• Mr. Makoto Shimazaki – Architect and furniture designer who played a big part in introducing Danish design to Japanese audiences.
The reception was well-attended by political, commercial and cultural representatives, and after the official appointment the guests enjoyed a moving performance by a string quartet from the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. With the goodwill ambassadors in place, the Embassy and its partners are now ready for the festivities of 2017.
Pictures of seven of the eight goodwill ambassadors and Ambassador Freddy Svane at the reception.