Senator Inouye Honored at Tea Ceremony on Capitol Hill
U.S.-Japan Council Board of Councilors Member Senator Mazie K. Hirono hosted Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the fifteenth generation Urasenke Grand Tea Master of Japan, as he performed a centuries-old tea ceremony for world peace. The ceremony honored the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who intended to host the ceremony before he passed away late last year.
“Nothing could be more important than the U.S.-Japan relationship,” Senator Hirono said at the ceremony. “It is this friendship and alliance that has produced peace in the Asia Pacific region, security and economic vitality. I want to thank all of you who are here to participate and to also let you know that Senator Inouye was committed to strengthening that relationship. All of us build on his emphasis.”
In attendance were Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, former Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi and his wife, former First Lady Jean Ariyoshi and U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye. The ceremony, held in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room, underscored the deep alliance between Japan and the United States.