Activities


09.21 Briefing on Thai Culture at Dai-san Kasai Elementary School

On 21 September 2012, the Embassy organized a special lecture to introduce Thai history and culture as well as the relationship between Thailand and Japan for 400 students and their parents at Dai-san Kasai Elementary School, Edogawa city, Tokyo. Programme included a perfromance of Thai traditional musical instruments by the Embassy’s staff members and Thai traditional dance by Japan Asia Fine Arts Association.

09.10 The Juroku Bank and Kasikorn Bank paid a farewell visit to the Ambassador

On 10 September 2012, Mr. Seiji Miwa, Manager of Tokyo branch, the Juroku Bank, together with Mr. Chakrit Suwannachote, Manager of Tokyo branch, Kasikorn Bank, paid a farewell visit to the Ambassador on the occasion of completing his tour of duty at the end of September 2012.

09.07 President of JTA paid a farewell visit to the Ambassador

On 7 September 2012, Mr. Teisuke Kitayama, President, together with board of directors of Japan - Thailand Association (JTA) paid a farewell visit to the Ambassador on the occasion of completing his tour of duty at the end of September 2012.On 7 September 2012, Mr. Teisuke Kitayama, President, together with board of directors of Japan - Thailand Association (JTA) paid a farewell visit to the Ambassador on the occasion of completing his tour of duty at the end of September 2012.

09.05 Ambassador presented donation for Saga flood

On 5 September 2012, Mr. Yasushi Furukawa, Saga Governor, paid a courtesy visit to the Ambassador at the Residence during his Tokyo visit in order to receive 1.5 million yen donation from the Royal Thai Government and Thai people for the flood caused by heavy rain and condolence letter showing concern and close friendship between Thailand and Saga. Heavy rain and flood in the northern part of Kyushu in July 2012 caused damages to more than 108 houses and affected more than 27,000 people in Saga. Today Thailand and Saga have close relations, both in economic and people aspects.  To clarify, in 2011, trade value between Thailand and Saga totaled 1.5 trillion yen (600 billion baht).  Moreover, two Saga firms have invested in automobile parts industry in Thailand.  In regards of people relations, approximately 60 Thai people live in Saga.  Seven of them are exchange students.  In addition, twenty-two experts from Saga have also transferred technology to Thailand through JICA programs.

09.04 Dinner with NHK Culture Center

On 4 September 2012, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, spouse of Ambassador, hosted a dinner for manager and staff members of NHK Culture Center to pay gratitude for the cooperation in organizing Thai cultural events through a year. They discussed future cooperation in similar events at the table.

09.04 Luncheon with Lady Friends of Thailand Fellowship

On 4 September, 2012, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, Ambassador’s spouse, invited members of Lady Friends of Thailand Fellowship to luncheon at the Residence.  The members enjoyed Thai language class for beginners and Loy Kratong song.

08.31 Dinner with Fukuoka Governor spouse

On 31 August 2012, Mme Aumaporn Futrakul, spouse of Ambassador, hosted a dinner for Mrs. Ogawa, spouse of Governor of Fukuoka Prefecutre, as well as spouses of businessmen from Fukuoka prefecture. During the dinner, Mme Aumaporn introduced a history of the Thai Residence, Thai traditional dance and Thai tourism to the guests.

08.31 Ambassador visited Shizuoka and joined Shizuoka Thai Festival

Upon Shizuoka visit during 31 August – 1 September 2012, H.E. Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul, joined the 3rd “Japan-Thailand Exchange Festival in FUJINOKUNI Shizuoka”, the Thai Festival held during 1-2 September 2012 by the Shizuoka Japan-Thailand Association.  At the same time, he also met with key persons in Shizuoka to strengthen the bond between Thailand and Shizuoka.  On 31 August 2012, the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Seiji Moriyama, Vice Governor of Shizuoka, and expressed gratitude for the prefecture’s support and cooperation with the Shizuoka Japan-Thailand Association in holding the Thai Festival.  He further emphasized close historical relations between Thailand and Shizuoka, especially through Nagamasa Yamada, the Japanese samurai from Shizuoka who served in the Royal Thai army during Ayutthaya period and was granted a title of “Okya Senaphimoc”.  In regards to economic relations, the Ambassador mentioned about more than 130 Japanese companies from Shizuoka investing in Thailand and 50,000 Shizuoka tourists visiting Thailand per year.In this occasion, the Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on Mr. Masahiro Goto, Director and Chief Operating Officer of Shizuoka Bank, which had commenced its partnership with Kasikorn Bank since February 2011 in order to facilitate the prefecture’s businesses investing in Thailand.  The Ambassador showed appreciation to the bank for providing convenience for those businesses. At 10.30 A.M. on 1 September 2012, the Ambassador attended the opening ceremony of the 3rd “Japan-Thailand Exchange Festival in FUJINOKUNI Shizuoka”.  He stressed the close ties between the two nations at all levels and mentioned this year marking the 125th anniversary of Thailand-Japan diplomatic relations and the 400th anniversary of Nagamasa Yamada residing in Thailand.  At the festival, the Royal Thai Embassy held a booth promoting Thai tourism and fruits, not to forget free tasting of Thai mangoes.  Approximately 30,000 people participated in the festival. Shizuoka indeed gives precedence to Thailand through “Japan-Thailand Exchange Festival in FUJINOKUNI Shizuoka”, which has been held for three years now, and through Japan-Thailand Nagamasa Festival, which is organized in October every year.  This year marks the 27th anniversary of such festival, proving the long-lasting relationship between Thailand and Shizuoka.

08.26 The 5th Ooi Festa (Shinagawa Ooi International Exchange Festival)

On 26 August 2012, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, organized the 5th Ooi Festa, or “Shinagawa Ooi International Exchange Festa”, in Chuo-Dori Street, in front of Oimachi Station, Shinagawa Ward. The purpose of the event was to deepen understanding of Japanese residents in Shinagawa Ward about foreign countries and their cultures. Eleven embassies and consulates in Tokyo which located or has specific relations with Shinagawa Ward, including the Royal Thai Embassy, joined and supported the event. In this occasion, the Royal Thai Embassy provided the support for Thani Kitchen, a local Thai restaurant in Shinagawa Ward, to demonstrate and promote Thai cuisine as well as the Saenchai Muaythai Gym to demonstrate Muaythai to the audience.On 26 August 2012, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, organized the 5th Ooi Festa, or “Shinagawa Ooi International Exchange Festa”, in Chuo-Dori Street, in front of Oimachi Station, Shinagawa Ward. The purpose of the event was to deepen understanding of Japanese residents in Shinagawa Ward about foreign countries and their cultures. Eleven embassies and consulates in Tokyo which located or has specific relations with Shinagawa Ward, including the Royal Thai Embassy, joined and supported the event. In this occasion, the Royal Thai Embassy provided the support for Thani Kitchen, a local Thai restaurant in Shinagawa Ward, to demonstrate and promote Thai cuisine as well as the Saenchai Muaythai Gym to demonstrate Muaythai to the audience.

08.25 Children’s International Festa 2012

During 25-26 August, 2012, Children’s International Festa 2012 was held at Ebisu Garden Place in order to provide opportunity for Japanese children to experience culture exchange with Embassies in Japan, including the Royal Thai Embassy. The Thai traditional dance was performed at stage and a fruit carving workshop was arranged for Japanese children and visitors by the International Thai Dance Academy (ITDA).


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