Council Member Neil Horikoshi Makes Remarks at Hanami After Dark
Spring has sprung and there is nothing like the perfect marriage between sushi and sake to celebrate the season. On April 1st, guests filed into the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the event, Hanami After Dark. Though the delicate and often elusive cherry blossoms had already come and gone in Washington, DC, the spirit of hanami (flower viewing) was still in the air. Hanami After Dark featured made-to-order sushi prepared by some of the northeast’s best sushi chefs, as well as sake from various regions in Japan. A captivating maguro kaitai (tuna preparation) ceremony was performed by Chef Toru Oga. There was also a feast for the eyes as a collection of art by more than 40 artists was displayed. All of the pieces were up for auction, both at the event and throughout the month of April online. The U.S.-Japan Council’s TOMODACHI Initiative is the proud beneficiary of all proceeds from the art auction, which included entertainment industry creatives from Disney, DreamWorks and Nickelodeon. At the event, 2012 Japanese American Leadership Delegation participant Neil Horikoshi spoke on behalf of the U.S.-Japan Council and the TOMODACHI Initiative. The crowd of 250 guests listened as Neil explained his family ties to Fukushima and read an excerpt from a letter written by a young Japanese woman named Ayaka, who helped inspire the TOMODACHI Initiative. The U.S.-Japan Council and TOMODACHI were grateful for the opportunity to serve as partners for this event.